Initial draft of The Ashkenazi Revolution done

There is still a lot of work to be done, editing, annotating and writing the foreword.  But I also want to convert the Hebrew hard-copy original into a PDF document.  I am open to suggestions as to how best to do this without spending a lot of money.

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11 Responses to Initial draft of The Ashkenazi Revolution done

  1. Whoa, I guess I’m out of the loop on what this is. I assume it’s not like, the Protocols of the Young Folks of Zion or something. [long hippy exhale] Far out, man.

  2. I usually do one of two things to convert a book to a PDF:
    a) Stand over a copy machine that makes PDF’s and copy one or two pages at a time while watching a video on a laptop. 🙂 Tried and true method.
    b) If the book isn’t rare, I cut off the binding (sacrifice the book) and put it through a duplex copy machine that saves to PDF. (Usually to create a text-to-speech recording.)
    I have, at least once, used my iphone to photograph every page of a book, and then put the photos through OCR software. 🙂

  3. tommy says:

    Congratulations. There is a treasure trove of Hebrew lit written over the centuries, from medieval rabbinical seforim to more recent political writings, that could use an English translation. I suspect our knowledge of the history of the Jewish world is incomplete in part due to a lack of translated material that the large majority of historians can easily examine.
    After a few donations and unexpected expenses these past few weeks, I’m a little tight, but I’ll try to toss a few bucks your way within two weeks if you are still accepting donations at that time. Good luck.

    • jewamongyou says:

      By all means! But don’t go overboard; a few thousand should suffice 🙂
      A $20 donation gets you the “Ashkenazi Revolution” PDF via email. A couple of people have already done this.

  4. destructure says:

    I have some cd’s of books saved as pdf. It looks like they just used a flatbed scanner. Some of them came out great but some were a little grainy.
    If you want a live document rather than just a picture you could scan it in and use text recognition software. I’ve done this with some manuals written in English. I don’t even know if they’d have text recognition software for Hebrew. It works ok but the text recognition software makes typos. You’d have to go back and clean it up. MSWord spell check made correcting typos pretty quick.

    • destructure says:

      I forgot to mention, if you go the text recognition route you could still save it as a pdf to protect your work a little bit. The advantage is that the quality is excellent. The disadvantage is that you’d have to pay a little extra for the software and spend an extra couple of hours proofing it afterward.

  5. Michael says:

    Pease reserve a copy for me.

    • jewamongyou says:

      It’s going to be in PDF and I’ll post about it when it’s done. At that point, your contribution of $20 (to offset the initial purchase of the book, which is rare and expensive, and my extensive efforts and time) will be followed by my sending you a copy via email. I’ll post an overview of the book so you’ll know what you’re getting beforehand.

  6. Michael says:

    Thank you, I look forward to my copy.

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