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Copying from a Google Book
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Saving the whole page
This page shows how easy it is to copy from a theoretically protected Google Book; the example used is "Elegy V: A Dream", at pp. 84-85 of
The love books of Ovid
By Ovid, Christopher Marlowe, Charles D. Young, Alexander King, described in
Saving the whole page
Saving the whole web page produces a folder of non-text objects, among which one can fish out the text images. In this case. the relevant images are named:
p. 84 of the book
page 85 of the book
These two images are reduced here, but their full-size print would have been perfectly readable. However I was not interested in printing them, nor in the beginning of Elegy VI. I wanted Elegy V as text and not as text image, and submitting these images to a optical character recognition (OCR) software gave a messy result after converting the files to -.tiff, the only format the software I have (a 2001 version of Omnipage) digests. So I tried
of the part I wanted:
(sorry: you can't show .tiff images on Wikispaces, but you should be able to download the file if you wish).
I then OCRed them, which gave this:
'Twas night, and sleep had weighed down my weary eyelids, when this vision came to terrify my soul.
On the side of a hill looking towards the south was a grove thickly planted with oaks, and multitudes of birds found shelter amid their branches. Beneath was a wide expanse clad in freshest green, watered by a stream which flowed on with a sweet murmur.
Beneath the shade of a leafy oak I was endeavoring to avoid the heat, but it was hot even in the tree's shade. And lo, grazing on the jeweled meadow, a white heifer came in sight, a
whiter than fresh-fallen snow ere it has
water; whiter than the foam on the milk of the ewe that has just been milked.
Near her was a bull, her happy mate. He lay down beside her on the thick green carpet; and as he lay thus at his ease, he slowly chewed the cud of tender grass. Soon, sleep robbing
of his strength, methought he lay his
head upon the
Hither came a crow swiftly cleaving the air and, croaking hoarsely, lighted upon the green sward. Thdce did she plunge her ravening beak into the breast of the snow-white heifer, and then at length she flew away. But a black stain was on the breist of the heifer. And when she saw afar off bulls browsing on the pastures (for afar off other bulls were browsing on the pastures) she rushed away and mingled with them and sought out a spot where the sod was more fertile.
"Come," I cried, "come, interpreter of dreams, and tell me what, if indeed it hath a meaning, this dream of mine betokens."' Then did the interpreter of the dreams of night ponder upon my dream, and thus at length he made reply. "'The heat which thou was fain to escape in the leafy shade, and which thou couldst not avoid, was the heat of love. The heifer is thy mistress, for of such whiteness is she. Thou thyself art the bull which was following his mate. The crow
sharp beak tore at the heifer's breast was that old
who will corrupt thy loved one. The long hesitation of the heifer and her final abandonment of the bull means that thou wilt be left cold on thy solitary couch. The wound and the dark stains beneath her breast show that she is not free from the soilure of adultery.»"
Thus spake the reader of dreams; my cheeks were white and cold and the drear night spread out before mine eyes.
The OCR result above is unedited, except for the highlighting of OCRing mistakes in red, and they are acceptably few. The paradox is that Google has a simple text version of all Google books, produced by a presumably far more advanced program than mine, which is used to allow readers to search the text, but they keep it hidden from the readers in case of books they have labeled as copyrighted (in this case, because of the illustrations). For further info, see
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