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Library Updates 26th Oct 2010

Another pass on the library this month has unearthed some literary gems that were lost on dusty selves for close to a century or more.

The Library now includes 128,447 documents. Featured in todays updates are:

  • Chronicles of London Bridge – 1827
  • The Railway Shareholders Manual – 1847
  • Leaves from the Diary of an Army Surgeon – 1863
  • Inquisition Unmasked – Vol 2-1816
  • The Scientific Monthly – Nov 1916
  • Popular Science Monthly – 1902

For a full listing of todays updates click here.

Ultrapedia/Wikipedia Federated Search

19th July 2010 – Wikipedia Federated Search

We’re pleased to announce the introduction of Wikipedia federated searching to the Ultrapedia Library. What this means is that when you search the Ultrapedia Library for a given search term, the search results will also have an entry from Wikipedia at the top the the page.

Below are some example searches to help you get started and for you to try.

  • Tower Bridge London
  • Medieval Literature
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Julius Caesar
  • The COLLISEUM

Library Updates 12th June 2010

12th June 2010

European Historical Collections

We’ve been busy working behind the scenes for the last few months. We want to bring the cream of the library to the surface in a natural manner, this equates to hands on work by a human rather than a computer, spending time reviewing and grading the library documents. The first pass is to remove documents that slipped through our filtering system, so we have removed 472 documents. The total documents in the library now stands at 135,555.

This months popular documents include:

  • Our Planet Its Past and Future by William Denton in 1873
  • Scientific American Journal
  • View Music & Moods virtual video illustrations from John Keats, Samuel Daniels, Edgar Allan Poe, William Shakespeare
  • The Diplomacy of Revolution by William Henry Trescot

16th April 2010 Library Updates

1116 new documents were added to the Ultrapedia Library today.

For a full listing of todays updates click here

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Featured Book – A Pictorial History of France

A Pictorial History of France

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Topical books selected from todays updates include:

  • Ancient Armour and Weapons in Europe by John Hewitt in 1860
  • An Enquiry into the Scriptural Views of Slavery by Albert Barnes in 1857
  • A History of New York by Washington Irving in 1854
  • A Pictorial History of France by Samuel Griswold Goodrich in 1861 **Featured**
  • A Practical Guide to Climates and Weather… by Henry Francis Blanford in 1889
  • The Queens of England and Their Times by Francis Lancelott
  • The Voyages and Travels of Captain Ross… by John Ross and others in 1838

This brings the total documents in the Library to 136,458 with the total number of pages at 4,301,630 and the total number of Bookmarks now standing at 596,237.

28th March 2010 Library Updates

28th March 2010 Library Updates

With spring in the air and summer not far away we’ve selected a few titles below for your reading pleasure; coming from the 1066 new documents added to the Ultrapedia Library.

For a full listing of todays updates click here.

Topical books featured todays updates include:

  • A Serious Fall in the Value of Gold by William Stanley Jevons in 1863
  • A Synopsis of Popery by William Hogan in 1847
  • A System of Phrenology by George Combe in 1860
  • Animal Physiology by William Benjamin Carpenter in 1859
  • Annals of British Legislation in 1863
  • An Easter Offering for the Whigs by Henry Bathurst in 1842

This brings the total documents in the Library to 135,450 with the total number of pages at 4,305,982 and the total number of Bookmarks now standing at 592,999.

1st March 2010 Library Updates

1st March 2010 Library Updates

Today we added 7311 new documents to the Ultrapedia Library. Many are letters, lectures, journals, narratives and diaries from notable historical figures – they are a joy to read and explore. We hope you enjoy discovering them.

We also continue to clean up the Library and have removed a further 910 documents that had more than their fair share of recognition errors, leaving a crisper and more accurate representation of the original written work.

For a full listing of todays updates click here.

Also featured in todays updates are:

  • A General History of the County of Norfolk by John Chambers in 1829
  • A Handbook for Travellers in Gloucestershire by John Murray in 1872
  • A Painters Camp in the Highlands by Philip Gilbert Hamerton in 1862
  • An Excursion to the Mammoth Cave by Robert Davidson in 1840
  • After Prison – What? by Maud Ballington Booth in 1903
  • The Life and Public Services of General Andrew Jackson, Seventh President of the USA by John S Jenkins

This brings the total documents in the Library to 134,386 with the total number of pages at 4,266,725 and the total number of Bookmarks now standing at 590,045.

8th January 2010 Library Updates

The New Year brings new Library updates. We have been busy in the run up to Christmas and New Year by dividing 1249 of the Books in the Library into 5607 Chapters and further edited the documents to remove some badly recognized characters and phrases. This results in cleaner reading, both in Quick View on the search results page and the downloadable PDF file, as well as swifter searches.

To summarize 5607 documents were added to the Library bringing the total number of documents to 127,283. We’ve also removed 1249 documents. With the new additions and the removed documents the library is now more fluid and refined, providing more targeted results and a more enjoyable read and reference source.

For a full listing of todays updates click here.

Featured in todays updates are: 

  • Climate Weather and Disease by Alfred Haviland in 1855
  • Our Hardy Grapes by J M Knowlton in 1863
  • Our Planet Its Past and Future by William Denton in 1873
  • Our Trade in the World in Relation to Foreign Competition by William Shaw Harris Gastrell in 1897
  • Narrative of the Arctic Land Expedition by George Back in 1836
  • Mendelism by Reginald Crundall Punnett in 1911

This brings the total documents in the Library to 127,283 with the total number of pages at 4,088,388 and the total number of Bookmarks now standing at 586,656.

14th November 2009 Library Update

4007 documents were added to the Library today bringing the total number of documents to 118,649. For a full listing of todays updates click here.

Featured in todays updates are:

  • Calcutta Review Volume1 (1846) and Volume 4 (1844)
  • Canada Universal Exhibition of 1855
  • Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal
  • Essays by Lord Bacon and Lord Clarendon
  • Foreign Quaterly Review – Volume 3, 6, 10, 14, 21, 22, 32 and 33
  • The American Naturalist
  • The Bookman – A Journal of Literature and Life
  • Some Personal Letters of Herman Melville – 1922

This brings the total documents in the Library to 118,649 with the total number of pages at 4,042,973 and the total number of Bookmarks now standing at 556,763.

Pointmore.com re-direct to Ultrapedia.com

As of 23rd August visitors to www.pointmore.com are re-directed to our new Ultrapedia site.

We plan to phase out the pointmore site; the Forum, Blog and Library browse  from the pointmore site are still available via the links in the side panel to the left on the Ultrapedia home page.

We think you’ll agree its much improved.  Please try the new site out, and join us in the forum to let us know what you think.

Enjoy!

The Ultrapedia Team

New Ultrapedia Website

Since the beginning of the year we’ve been refining the Library, the search interface and website. The Library has had a major overhaul, and you’ll now find our books easier to read and access. We’ve removed what we call the ‘padding’ to a book, which is all the stuff that isn’t relevant to the main body or skews a search query; like adverts, indexes, lists and tables, and its then been divided into smaller sections, making reading and retrieval far more efficient. Plates or images from a book have also been spooled off and we’re working on their presentation – more on this another time.

The website has totally changed. After you’ve performed a search you’ll see a panel down the left-hand side. In the panel are two main headings Genre and Bookmarks; Bookmarks is further divided into three categories – People, Places and Footnotes.

Every book relevant to your search query is analysed and all the People, Places and Footnotes found in the book(s) are shown in the panel in ‘hit’ order, along with the Genre. This is particularly useful when you’re researching a subject you dont know a lot about. You can use the links in the panel to further drill down your search, its also gives you a fair indication of the importance of the people, places and footnotes in the book, as well as offering avenues of discovery you might not have otherwise thought of.

In the centre of your screen are your search results with a few lines from each book along with the book Title and Author. Select ‘Quick View’ to view the full text of the book, or View, to view or download the book in its native PDF format – all the hits are highlighted, with hit to hit navigation so you can easily jump between results.

Our legacy Library Browse, is still available while we integrate the various websites and search features, you’ll find the link on the homepage.

We’re committed to making the Ultrapedia Library the best solution for searching and browsing public domain and out of copyright books. We think you’ll enjoy the new site, so please take a moment to visit us and discover a new and exciting way to search and browse our Library. Join us in the forum, we’re interested in your comments, views and feedback.

The site is still officially in beta, which means it works most of the time I guess, but if you like reading old books you might enjoy it. Its currently open to the public – with no adverts or other visible means of support.