Kid Book Filter
May 6, 2005 4:18 AM   Subscribe

The International Children's Digital Library has over 600 illustrated children's books entirely viewable online. Included are the amazing 1900 illustrated edition of "A is for Apple", and the 1885 color illustrated "Baseball ABC". Also online are the 1905 and 1916 editions of the illustrated "Alice in Wonderland". Searchable, with books representing 28 languages, including English, Japanese, Farsi, Niuean, Yiddish, Khmer, Tongan, German, Arabic .... (though most contemporary, copyrighted western books are, of course, not here).
posted by R. Mutt (12 comments total)
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Oh wait, it said peeped.... Never mind.
posted by smcniven at 5:39 AM on May 6, 2005

The more I look at childrens books, the more I think they were made to make adults feel better about themselves.
posted by elpapacito at 5:53 AM on May 6, 2005

These incredible hi-res images, I must have them for my own. But I can't figure out how to grab them. Am I missing something here? I can zoom in to a ridiculous resolution, but can't right-click because the cursor is always in "link" mode (and the click just moves me to the next page). I'm in "regular mode," not using any plugin, on this book.

Anybody have any thoughts on this?
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 5:53 AM on May 6, 2005

Great post.
posted by caddis at 6:48 AM on May 6, 2005

Very cool; excellent find, R. Mutt.
posted by briank at 7:34 AM on May 6, 2005

stupidsexyflanders: I showed ICDL and a few other digital libraries in a class and I was only able to actually do screen grabs of it. I believe it has to do with the fact that many of the titles are still under copyright, the author just gave permission to ICDL to post it.
posted by Razzle Bathbone at 10:25 AM on May 6, 2005

What a wonderful site. Thanks.
posted by TimothyMason at 11:10 AM on May 6, 2005

stupidsexyFlanders - Right-click, Save Image As (Firefox)

If that doesn't work for you (I tried it and it worked for me), try (Firefox again):

Go to Tools -> Page Info; Select the Media tab; Find a jpg image that has the word thumbs in the URL, click on it, it'll preview below so you can verfify it's the right one; Select Save As...
posted by nTeleKy at 11:27 AM on May 6, 2005

excellent stuff here--Walter Crane!--thanks!!!
posted by amberglow at 11:41 AM on May 6, 2005

I was able to do it by just getting the URL for the jpg from the rightclick menu ("properties") and then pasting that into another tab. For the record, the cover of the baseball book is

and then the four-digit number before the "thumb5" part increments up by one for each page.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 11:44 AM on May 6, 2005

thank you so much for this.
posted by Mme. Robot at 12:40 PM on May 6, 2005

Thanks, this rules.
posted by Wolfdog at 4:33 AM on May 7, 2005

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