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Wealth of Esperanto books available

I'm just chiming in to announce to anyone who was unaware of this fact that there are several old-but-useful Esperanto books available for free through Google-Books.

All you have to do is go to GoogleBooks, do advanced book search, put "Esperanto" as your keyword. Choose your native language--ideally, English and select "Full View Only" then search. I get over 600 hits.

It seems like all the books are available for download in PDF format or you can view them in text-only format and copy and paste.

by global_gizzy


Does anybody know a search

maryleen's picture

Does anybody know a search website like Google Books that can search for a range of books and show the pages? Also, could anybody find the pages of the A-Level Product Design: Student Book (by Will Potts and Brian Evans) that are readable? I've looked on Google Books but it only gives you 25 pages and the book has 208 pages. Thanks.

September 8, 2009 by maryleen, 7 years 49 weeks ago


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The first time I visited Google Books there wasn't much Esperanto. Today I bumped into it again (accidentally; I was at the Barnes & Noble site and it seems that they've partnered with Google Books. Google Books books can appear in their searches, and you can order even the free books through Barnes & Noble, for one penny, which is later deducted from the total. Interesting. My guess is that because some Google Books are not available in full for free, the programming is simpler for the commercial websites if they just treat all the books the same. Anyway, back to the story...). There is a lot more Esperanto there now, so I browsed a bit, and put a bunch of books into my library, and later downloaded some of them. After a few downloads it started doing captcha for every download, no big deal, but the captcha text for the last download was "wacko". Hmm.

Here's my suggestion for searching: Advanced search:
* Find results: with all of the words: estas
* Search: Full view only
* Content: All content
* Language: Return pages written in: Esperanto

Resulting in this.

Some of the hits are Spanish or some such, but it worked pretty well. Might want to try something other than estas, or a few more Esperanto words.

My library

A note about one of the books, which may at first glance not seem very Esperantish: Facts in Jingles by Winifred Sackville Stoner. There is indeed some Esperanto in this book. The author, Winifred Sackville Stoner, Jr., was a child prodigy, and her mother, Winifred Sackville Stoner, an educator, active in the early Esperanto movement in the United States. The names of both appear frequently in Amerika Esperantisto, journal of the Esperanto Association of North America, during the early part of the 20th century. Among Winifred, Jr.'s, works are an Esperanto translation of Mother Goose done when she was eight years old, and In fourteen hundred and ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue....

July 24, 2009 by Ailanto, 8 years 3 weeks ago

Varying number of hits

Dejlo's picture

The search on GoogleBooks is a text search of the content. So, some of the hits will be for books containing the word "Esperanto" that are not in Esperanto. Depending on your language preference, as configured in your browser and/or Google account, you will get however many books match it your preferred language.

There are multiple copies of quite a few books. Because some of them have pages that are damaged or marked up, that can be a useful way to recover the missing pages.

For the books that are available as full text, you can download a copy. If you download them in PDF format, you get the actual scanned images of the pages.

April 7, 2009 by Dejlo, 8 years 18 weeks ago

I dont know why...

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The first time I did the search, I got about 700 hits. I didn't check them all, of course, but I did go through several pages and note a few titles. I downloaded 6 books, I dont remember their names right now.

Just now, I did the search from my school computer and I get over 1,000 results. It could be because this is the beta edition that its a little erratic on the results still. Perhaps hitting the same book multiple times based on the keyword. I really have no idea why.

I took a picture of the result screen. Its massive. if anyones interested in seeing it then just click here

NOTE: It is a big picture. If you've got a slow connection you might not wanna click that image.

This is a signature.
Jeno es subskribo.

I'm a beginner.
Mi es Komencanto

March 9, 2009 by global_gizzy, 8 years 22 weeks ago

Lingvo Internacia

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Nice, they've finally put more than one volume of Lingvo Internacia in the clear. (In case the link stops working, it searches as "Linguo Internacia" because of the typeface they use on the title page.)

I'm not entirely sure about their rationale of putting some volumes online, but other earlier volumes (presumably even MORE out of copyright) are still behind the wall, but what is available is just fascinating.

March 9, 2009 by enwilson, 8 years 22 weeks ago

Esperanto via GoogleBooks or Gutenberg or Miresperanto's picture

I don't get nearly the same results you do via GoogleBooks: for example, it is only without "Full Book View" that one can attain 648 results, by entering "Esperanto" as a subject, while "Full Book View" gets just a single one. With "Esperanto" simply as a search word, and "Full View Only", and English for a language, I get 79 -- many of them irrelevant, and pre-1887.

However, Project Gutenberg now has 56 works in Esperanto:

There is also a Russian E-o site which has some full-text items in Esperanto, as well as articles in English about E-o: you have to browse around the site a bit to unearth all it has to offer: (Humuro pri kaj en Esperanto) (lots of E-o articles & some book-length items) (Drezen's book about Zamenhof) (E-o items in English)

etc. etc. ktp. --Gene Keyes

March 8, 2009 by esperanto41@dru..., 8 years 23 weeks ago

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Ne forgesu Vikilibrojn:
Don't forget Wikibooks:

April 8, 2009 by esperanto41@dru..., 8 years 18 weeks ago

Grammar and Commentary

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Cool. You can get Cox's Esperanto: A Grammar and Commentary. That was the book I used to learn Esperanto. I still think it's one of the best books in English ever written about Esperanto.

March 7, 2009 by limako, 8 years 23 weeks ago

Yeah, it seems like a good one.

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Yeah, that seems like a good one. I downloaded that one and six others already on my moms laptop, which is almost completely out of memory, so I've gotta delete alot of the stuff I've got on it (whoops!)

My sister and I just recently got our own laptop though so I just need to take the time to transfer and clean up my files.

I didn't study much at all today because I feel pretty awful but I did read a page in Esperanto.

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Jeno es subskribo.

I'm a beginner.
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March 8, 2009 by global_gizzy, 8 years 23 weeks ago

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Landa Kongreso * 2017 June 30 - July 3 * Annual Congress

EO Esperanto: La Landa Kongreso 2017 okazos en Raleigh, Nord-Karolino, Usono, 2017 ekde la 30-a de junio ĝis la 3-a de julio, 2017.
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EN English: The Annual US Esperanto Congress 2017 will be in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, Jun 30 - July 3, 2017.
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NASK * 2017 jul 4 - 13 * Summer Courses

EO Esperanto: La bonega kursaro NASK - Nord-Amerika Somera Kursaro okazos de la 4-a de Julio ĝis la 7-a de Julio ĉe Raleigh, Norda Karolino, ĉe la Universitato William Peace. Por vidi pli da detaloj aŭ aliĝi, klaketu ligilon NASK.

EN English: The excellent North American Esperanto Summer Courses (NASK), will be happening from July 4 to 13th, at William Peace University, in Raleigh, North Carolina. To see more details or sign up, click on NASK.


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