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Over 470 Books on One CD

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World Literature
Over 470 Books on One CD
Compiled by Richard Seltzer
Seedy Press, (Nov. 30, 2001)
B & R Samizdat Express
P. O. Box 161
West Roxbury, MA, 02132
ISBN: 0915232987
Genre: World Literature

Reviewed by Rochelle Caviness - February 11, 2002

Please note: As of 12/4/2008, this CD now contains 3,075 books on 2 CDs.

Seedy Press' World Literature CD contains material from around the world, and in a number of language. Most of the material on this CD is presented in English or in English translation, and in some cases the original text is also included along with the translation. Some works, such Kalevala, the Finnish national epic, are only offered in its original language - in this case Finish.

This CD contains over 470 books, all in plain text that enables the reader to easily manipulate the text, such as enlarging the font or cut and pasting text into another document. Being in a plain text format also makes the books on this CD readable by most screen reading software programs.

The books on the CD cover a wide variety of literary traditions and languages, including: Arabic, Chinese, Finnish, Flemish, French, German, Greek, Icelandic, Indian, Italian, Latin, Norwegian, Russian, South African, and Spanish. Authors range from Plato to Miguel de Cervantes (Don Quixote ) and span the spectrum from popular fiction and the classics.

The following is a list of some of the titles contained on this CD. This list will help give you a taste of the wide variety of material contained in this collection. Accessing the material on this CD is very easy. To use this CD you will need to be using a Windows based PC, and you'll need a CD drive. You'll also need to have a web browser (such as Internet Explorer or Netscape) and/or a Windows based word-processing program such as Microsoft Word, or Corel's Word Perfect, in order to read the text. Once the text is opened, you can enlarge the font to suit your reading needs. As well, all the material on this CD is in a plain text format, making it readily accessible by most screen readers. This CD ships with DLJ Software's Readit program. This is a shareware, DOS program, that allows you to bookmark your place within a text and to adjust how fast or slow the text is displayed.

This phenomenal collection of some of the finest literature in the world cost only 29 dollars. This works out to about 6 cents per book! I don't normally discuss the cost of items, in my reviews, but in this case, I have to mention it because I feel that this CD, and the other titles offered by Seedy Press are so worthwhile and inexpensive.

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