Ultrapedia is a search engine for recognized (OCR’d) books. So far we have recognised over 35 thousand public domain and out of copyright books. We have made around twenty thousand books from the library available for full text search and retrieval.
Ultrapedia is one of several projects currently in work at Secret Studio who are, among other things, experts in digitising all kinds of books and documents. Secret Studio operates one of the worlds largest OCR (Optical Character Recognition) Farms. Our servers are fed a steady stream of books in the form of large PDF image files which are processed by the servers in the OCR Farm into Recognised versions of the book or publication.
The OCR technique we employ is very thorough, and uniquely, retains the look and feel of the original written book. This allows the search engine to deliver almost a carbon copy of the original book, and not just a text extract from the original. Optical Character Recognition not only shrinks the size of the books by up to 90%, but it also allows us to create a fully searchable version of the book.
Browsing the library shows a thumbnail of the title page of the book and comprehensive details including book title, author, publisher, genre, ISBN, publisher, no of pages, size of book, summary, editor and format for most of the books.
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. You will have to enter an email address to actually view or download books from the library, but apart from that it is currently open to the public – with no adverts or other visible means of support.
We have so far recognized about 35 thousand books, mostly from Google Book Search. These books are either in the public domain, or out of copyright.
Our website is www.pointmore.com