[Humanist] 26.839 eBook platforms; Arabic document analysis

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Sat Mar 2 10:14:09 CET 2013


                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 839.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Mehdy Sedaghat Payam <immortal at gmail.com>                 (27)
        Subject: Re:  26.831 Arabic document analysis

  [2]   From:    David Berry <D.M.Berry at swansea.ac.uk>                     (34)
        Subject: 26.830 eBook platforms


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        Date: Fri, 1 Mar 2013 21:24:31 +1300
        From: Mehdy Sedaghat Payam <immortal at gmail.com>
        Subject: Re:  26.831 Arabic document analysis
        In-Reply-To: <20130301063800.A8A7DEE4 at digitalhumanities.org>


Dear Eli,

I am Iranian and since we use a different language with the same script. I
can read Arabic script and understand basic Arabic. Let me know if there is
anything that I can help with.

Kind regards,
Mehdy

On Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 7:38 PM, Humanist Discussion Group <
willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk> wrote:

>                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 831.
>             Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
>                        www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist
>                 Submit to: humanist at lists.digitalhumanities.org
>
>
>
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> >          Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2013 12:05:29 -0500
> >          From: "Mylonas, Elli" <elli_mylonas at brown.edu>
> >          Subject: Arabic OCR
> >
> > Dear readers of Humanist -
> >
> > has anyone among you had experience with OCR for Arabic texts? We are
> > carrying out an initial trial with ABBYY Finereader, but the results
> > aren't great at first glance. Perhaps there are ways to tweak the
> > software? or there are better packages?
> >
> > the pages are typeset pages of a journal from the 1950s.

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        Date: Fri, 1 Mar 2013 11:50:14 +0000
        From: David Berry <D.M.Berry at swansea.ac.uk>
        Subject: 26.830 eBook platforms
        In-Reply-To: <20130301063800.A8A7DEE4 at digitalhumanities.org>


Hi

You should definitely take a look at the Booktype software which is an extremely capable collaborative book-writing platform. The advantages are that you not only don't need to know anything about coding, but further that you can concentrate on what is most important in writing a book, that is, write. 

This software is also used for the creation of 'booksprints' and handles all the complexity and then the production of pdf, ePub, mobi, etc. automatically. 

http://www.sourcefabric.org/en/booktype/

You can read about booksprints here:

http://www.booksprints.net/about/

http://www.booksprints.net

Best

David

On 2013 Feb 28, at 12:27 AM, Humanist Discussion Group wrote:

> Howdy all!
> 
> I am writing because, after some looking, I am rather surprised at the current relative lack of scholarship on the composition and literary theory of serious eBooks, precisely when they ironically seem to be significantly peaking as a medium...  (Indeed, the scholarship's heyday seems to have been in the 1990s back with the advent of hyperlinking!)
> 
> I am investigating this because I am interested in producing a serious History monograph for a scholarly publisher directly in eBook format, which would fully take advantage of the possibilities for interactivity that are offered now by eBooks and tablet apps (something along the lines of Pushpop's "Al Gore's 'Our Choice'").  
> 
> Unfortunately, Pushpop was bought by Facebook for its own projects so it apparently won't be producing other similar eBooks soon.  My question is if any of the Digital Humanities readers know of scholarly publishers interested in serious digital publications... In addition, while I am looking for such a publisher, can anyone recommend a software platform I might use to get started on such a "manuscript" (since I don't know much about coding at this point) ??
> 
> Thanks a million for help with this project!!
> Very best wishes,
> Michelle
> Michelle Laughran, Ph.D.,
> Associate Professor and Chair of History,
> Saint Joseph's College of Maine

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