Today we are launching a new line of digital books – Aquinas and More Catholic Classics. These titles include Story of a Soul by St. Therese of Lesieux, Lord of the World by Msgr. Benson, Heretics by Chesterton and many more. These Catholic e-books are available in both epub (Nook, iPad, etc) and mobi (Kindle) format.
I’m sure that you’ve seen these titles available for free on Borders or Google so why would we bother releasing our own versions for $3.99?
Typically, there are two versions of these titles available – a pdf and sometimes an epub file. The pdf files are scans of old books so you lose a bunch of features right off the bat:
- no hyperlinked table of contents
- no hyperlinked footnotes
- no text resizing
- no note taking within the text
- you are also completely at the mercy of the quality of the original type and the quality of the scan
If you can find an epub version you will quickly see that these files are auto-converted from the original pdfs. If you’ve ever worked with OCR software you know that we still have a way to go with computers converting images of text into legible text.
You will spend a good deal of time sifting through books where “r’s” are now “n’s” and “i’s” are “l’s” and all kinds of other strange errors.
Aquinas and More Catholic Classics have been converted by hand and proofed so that you can actually enjoy reading the book. We have also been diligent about making sure that all chapters and footnotes are properly linked so you can enjoy these great works just as you would a NYT bestseller on which you spent twice or three times as much.
I’ve been reading Come Rack! Come Rope! by Msgr. Hugh Benson on my way to Boston on my Nook and can attest that it is a pleasure to read, apart from the quality of the writing. I’ve also been making annotations in it – something I would almost never do in a real book.
Please visit our Catholic digital store to order the great books, music and talks that we carry.
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