Voluminous
Voluminous
1.0.7

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Voluminous free download for Mac

Voluminous1.0.7

31 August 2009

Find/download free public-domain books online.

Overview

Voluminous finds free, public-domain books on the Internet, downloads them, formats them for easier reading, and manages the collection. Offering more than 20,000 books from the outset, including many famous plays, novels, poetry and reference works, new titles are added to the catalogue regularly. Voluminous also includes a variety of ways to pick out the titles you want: search by title or author instantly, or browse the topic catalogue, based on the Library of Congress classification scheme.

What's new in Voluminous

Version 1.0.7:
  • Snow Leopard compatibility update.

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5 Reviews of Voluminous

4
Thebrix
18 May 2008
Version: 1.0.3

Most helpful

Back after a month or so of using it. It is still the best ebook reader I have used (and I have used a few, both on PDAs/smartphones and on desktops) because the authors have taken a great deal of effort to present books clearly. I was surprised, on briefly using an Amazon Kindle, to find out that Gutenberg texts are presented as they are input, with no attempt to clean them up. The previous commentator is misguided because there is a big distance from a raw ASCII file downloaded from Project Gutenberg's Web site to something which is reasonably pleasant to read on-screen; all texts contain lengthy doses of boilerplate legal and licensing information and, especially with older text, hard formatting (chapter headings, page headings, page numbers, tables of contents etc.) which takes no account of the actual screen size and looks dreadful on anything not 80x24 (?) characters. As well as the hyphenation bug noted earlier ... I mark Voluminous down slightly because I still feel it is a bit expensive and because the new output to text file outputs the original Gutenberg text, not the parsed and cleaned text (which shows how untidy the raw text frequently is!) - a slight annoyance. Now ... can we have an Apple ebook reader?
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0.5
Paolo-Pavia
29 July 2012
Version: 1.0.7
Unfortunately, this product is now discontinued.
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//idn
10 September 2008
Version: 1.0.6
A great piece of software. However, it would be significantly better if it was able to export the Gutenberg text into the epub format, cleaning it up and formatting it nicely, so it could be read on a mobile reader like the Sony PRS-505. I'd buy this instantly. For the time being I stay clear.
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4
Thebrix
18 May 2008
Version: 1.0.3
Back after a month or so of using it. It is still the best ebook reader I have used (and I have used a few, both on PDAs/smartphones and on desktops) because the authors have taken a great deal of effort to present books clearly. I was surprised, on briefly using an Amazon Kindle, to find out that Gutenberg texts are presented as they are input, with no attempt to clean them up. The previous commentator is misguided because there is a big distance from a raw ASCII file downloaded from Project Gutenberg's Web site to something which is reasonably pleasant to read on-screen; all texts contain lengthy doses of boilerplate legal and licensing information and, especially with older text, hard formatting (chapter headings, page headings, page numbers, tables of contents etc.) which takes no account of the actual screen size and looks dreadful on anything not 80x24 (?) characters. As well as the hyphenation bug noted earlier ... I mark Voluminous down slightly because I still feel it is a bit expensive and because the new output to text file outputs the original Gutenberg text, not the parsed and cleaned text (which shows how untidy the raw text frequently is!) - a slight annoyance. Now ... can we have an Apple ebook reader?
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Uncoy
28 April 2008
Version: 1.0
Unbelievable direct ripoff of Project Gutenberg. All these books are easily available in text, doc and pdf format here: http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page It's clowns like this who give Mac shareware a bad name. Turning freeware volunteer labour into payware for the naive.
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Thebrix
26 April 2008
Version: 1.0
Very slick - simple but powerful interface with Spotlight-like searches for anything and with a lot of nice touches (for example, resize the window and the book text resizes accordingly), and the full screen view is particularly good; I am also impressed by the inbuilt styles, which are clear and effective without distracting effects or bright colours. The application automatically putting books into Library of Congress categories is very helpful when trying to find things, although it is a pity that about 40% of the Gutenberg catalogue appears not to be classified at the moment. The only minor problem I have come across at the moment is that hyphenation is not removed or redone - I see text such as "bor- rowed" and "news- papers" in the book I am reading. However, having tried to do this sort of thing in the past, I know how hard it is to knock glitches out of Gutenberg text, and the authors have done an excellent job for v1.0. Some might think that the application is a bit expensive (£15/$30) for what it does, but there is a lot going on under the bonnet and I will be buying it soon.
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