E-Books for Learning GreekApril 4, 2011
I have started looking more seriously at texts for elementary Greek that can be used on the Kindle (and/or other e-book readers), in advance of a possible trial in a class this summer. Here’s a list of resources I have found useful – do you have any to add? The following include texts available in Kindle format, and texts available as .pdfs – most e-book readers can deal with simply-formatted .pdf files, although their treatment of footnotes or multi-column pages can be, frankly, terrible. I have NOT included online-only texts (as at Perseus, TLG, etc.)
- A scholarly e-book repository, it includes most out-of-copyright works (pre-1923) digitized by Google Books, plus additional titles post-1923 where Hathi staff have worked with publishers and authors to make works available to the public.
- Search interface is very much like a library online catalog, so it’s easier to find a known title than when searching Google Books.
- Note one can create a free account and make lists (“public collections“) of texts. It would be useful to have such a list for important classical works, no? Maybe in my copious free time (or yours).
- An alphabetical list of works selected by Crane and Babeu – Google Books Ancient Greek and Latin Texts Available as downloadable .pdf files.
- Ditto, but US-access only. Requires a Google account to log in, and you must be in the US.
- You can also search Google Books for specific titles, but good luck getting what you want in the first page of results – I’d try Hathi Trust first, myself, as the search interface is more sophisticated.
- Requires creation of an account (free), after which one can download .pdf files.
- Includes out-of-copyright texts – this site dates to 2001, so the texts were hand-scanned before the advent of Google Books.
- Greek texts library. There’s also Latin.
- Best website name ever? Links to downloadable .pdf versions of out-of-copyright editions from the Loeb Classical Libraries.
- Can filter by language – Greek includes modern and ancient; Latin is available as well.
- Very limited number of titles, but many of those that are available don’t need any conversion to be read on a Kindle.
- Examples: Cicero’s Tusculan Disputations, Περί Ψυχής by Aristotle.
For purchase at Amazon (prices listed – they are generally modest).
- In general, unless you are searching for a known item, it’s hard to find Greek texts or texts on a subject. I found a lot more inexpensive resources for Koine Greek than classical – presumably the market is stronger for people who want to read the Bible in the original than for people who want to read Thucydides.
- JACT Reading Greek Grammar and Exercises for Kindle $18
- Strong’s Dictionary of the Bible Greek and Hebrew for Kindle $2.99
- Concise Lexicon for the Original Koine Greek New Testament for Kindle $2.99
- Koine Greek New Testament for Kindle $2
- Interlinear Greek New Testament for Kindle $2.99
- Oxford History of Greece and the Hellenistic World for Kindle, $9.99
- Some more expensive scholarly works are available in Kindle editions as well – for example Danker’s Concise Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament is $42.35
One problem I have run into is that the Kindle cannot convert any documents larger than 25MB, and many .pdf files are larger than this. The solution is to use Adobe Acrobat and break up the .pdf files into smaller units, which requires a) possession of Adobe Acrobat (the production software, not just the reader) and b) more work on the user end – a lexicon that’s divided into several chunks alphabetically is not as easy to use.