Loutzenhiser's picture

The basic goal is to make the on-line edition match the print edition -- errors and all. We aren't updating spelling or usage or changing it to match modern American usage.

When the page images are available, we can refer to the page images and make corrections with confidence. Sometimes the page images are not available at the CCEL, but they are available at Google Books. In that case you can search for some words on the page and try to find a source of page images.

When page images are not available, the goal is to fix obvious typographical errors but not to make changes that are unlikely to be a result of scanning or typing errors.

The goal is to proof all the pages of each book at least twice. At that point we'll consider the book "proofed." Of course, proofing will continue after that point as readers continue to report typos.

ElderDad's picture

Google books and other book sites

Hi fellow proof readers,

I just thought I would share a little experience for the sake of some who may not have discovered this for themselves.

If you wish to find books on Google Books, use the address: In the block for what you wish to search, give as much information as possible, such as both the author and the name of the book. You will get a long list of books, some of which can be read or downloaded, and some of which cannot. Next step, then, is to select a filter; so, look in the lefthand column for "Full text," and click on this. What you should have remaining is only the books which are old enough to be public domain and can be downloaded as PDF files, readable in Acrobat Adobe, freeware available on the Internet. There is also an option on most of the books for downloading in Epub, but I've never used this. My big hard drive is getting as many excellent PDF books as possible.

Whenever possible, I use this Google Books source. One should not get caught in the mistake of finding a site which publishes a certain author's books and compare the CCEL version with these other site versions. There are two possible problems that come immediately to mind. One is the possibility that the person or group maintaining the site has edited the original book and copyrighted the edited version. We don't want CCEL to accused of copying copyrighted material. Second, sometimes CCEL and these other sites are identical because one was copied from the other to save data entry time. In these cases, double checking with the identical text will confirm that it is not unique to CCEL, but it doesn't mean it is correct. As an example, the past few days, I have found that there is a site with a bunch of books by Jowett, including "The Friend on Road and Other Studies in the Gospels." Both CCEL and the other site had the same identical errors, and each error disagreed with the page images I was able to find at Google Books. For this reason, I only use non-image confirmation when images absolutely cannot be found.

As another thought about page images, sometimes a book was published in a barely readable, artsy publishing style. If you find one of these and want to look farther, sometimes you can find a later publication when print techniques changed.

Best wishes and thanks for the help.


Dave S.
Senior Moderator, Volunteers for Proofreading
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