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May 25, 2013

Tutorial on Converting books on Digital Library of India to PDF format

Filed under: Tutorials — Yogeshwar Shastri @ 6:32 pm

This tutorial on converting DLI books to pdf format replaces the earlier tutorial I had posted. The tutorial I have created is in two parts :

1. An introduction to the digital sources of Indian history online.This covers most of the copyright free or open source resources.

2. The second part is the tutorial on converting the TIFF format books on DLI into readable PDF format.

This was a presentation I made at the seminar held at Pondicherry University from 4-5th April 2013. It was conducted by the Department of  History,Pondicherry University to commemorate completion of 25 years of the department. The seminar was an excellent experience and I had the opportunity to interact with several scholars in the field of epigraphy and history.My thanks to the staff and students of the Department of History for their excellent hospitality.

The tutorial is based on the DLI tutorial created by Vinay Shetty.My thanks to him for this great resource.

Pondicherry presentation 05-04-2013


  1. Congratulations on the noble effort Jambudveep ji, really liked the presentation.
    Have you also considered using the freeware ‘DLI Downloader 0.23’ to download DLI books as PDFs directly? You can choose download modes (fast / safe) and download sites etc (IISc collection / IUCAA collection)

    Also, today I come to you with a favor to ask. You have to review a small eBook that I’ve wrttien 🙂
    A story (fiction), themed in terrorism and special forces.

    ‘The Sharp Mile’ is a thrilling voyage canvassed in an Indian city. At the outset it nose dives into a terrorist attack, of unprecedented intensity.
    Its characters witness moments that blossom like fragrant flowers; and horrors of unabated violence that could scar a sole deeply.
    Pitched in battles between terrorists and saviors, many lives are thrown at crossroads. Some would change forever.
    From the burnt ruins of peace, struggle of its protagonists; this story brings out a message with triumph. A message that is worth reading.

    A one day Free Giveaway is organized at Amazon, from May 30th 1 PM IST to 31st 1 PM IST. Please do grab your copy without fail 🙂
    Book page – http://www.amazon.com/The-Sharp-Mile-ebook/dp/B00D0B9BME
    Blog – http://t.co/rgJ8Q9lwfw

    The eBook can be accessed without Kindle device via the apps like ‘Kindle for PC’.

    It would help me a lot if you could let me know of your valuable review, at the story’s Amazon page or via a post/article at your site.
    Looking forward to it. Thank you


    Comment by virendra1984 — May 30, 2013 @ 4:12 am | Reply

    • Hi Virendra,

      I will be happy to review the book on my blog.Very happy to see the effort.Will do it in the coming week.

      Many thanks for the DLI downloader link ,works like a charm.( Correction: Still download success rate for me is 50%,Vinay Shettys method is more robust).I had tried to use it 3 years back,did not work.Wrote that on my blog.Got an angry email from the creator of the software:).

      I have fixed the link to Indian History books blog.Have uploaded most of the Indian antiquary journals,have a look you might find something interesting.

      all the best.

      Comment by Yogeshwar Shastri — May 30, 2013 @ 5:33 pm | Reply

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