Puritan Thumb-Drive

So this would really scratch my OCD itch… For quite some time I have had the idea of taking all the best PDFs I can find of the authors represented on these pages and putting them into an organized format, interlinked from a bookmarked PDF file which serves as a directory.  This would allow us to have at our fingertips the works of the Puritans on a tablet or phone, with no internet connection or downloading.  A real bonus would be to include the Scripture and topical indices as well.  Running background OCR will allow searching for text phrases, to some degree.  Certain tablets will allow highlighting, underlining, and other note-taking as well.

I am thinking that this could be updated each year as the library of files was improved and expanded.  I know several others have done similar things like this in the past.  The difference is, this is going to be FREE (less the cost of the memory card).  If you’d like to get involved in this project, drop me a line and I’ll keep you in mind when I start on this in earnest.  I doubt this will come to fruition soon, unless there are a lot of helpers.  But someday!

I know someone will ask this, so I’ll give you the current stats:

  • 5,601 files (however this also includes text files, epubs, mobi files, and PDFs I am not allowed to share)
  • 34.5 gigabytes

4 thoughts on “Puritan Thumb-Drive

  1. Greetings brother… I would be thrilled to be involved in your project. I have been extensively studying the Puritans for nearly 12 years, have a DD in Puritan Studies and have written 3 books for RHB on Puritan topics. So if there’s anything I can do to help, please let me know.

    God bless your labors for the Kingdom.

  2. 5,601 files or 34.5 gigs? Is that all? I have 11,550 files of early modern (mostly Puritan) sources, which presently comes to about 203 gigs. Uh, if you want a serious collection, one might say to you, “you’re gonna need a bigger boat!” Ha! 😉

    In 2009 I was working on an encyclopedia name list for people of interest, or mostly Puritan theologians, and that list can be found here:

    https://theologicalmeditations.wordpress.com/category/names-to-search/

    It got to be too much, so I stopped doing that. I could add a hundred or more names, perhaps, but they would be mostly lesser lights, not major Puritan names.

    Tony

    • With the web set-up I have, there is an unlimited capacity for hosting files. Are you permitted to share these files, or are they from a copyrighted source like EEBO?

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