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Please help start a list of text that need to be proofread. Larger text are preferred because we hope to have a large group of people working on the text of the month. Here is a great place to start looking for text to be proofread.

List of suggested works not actioned[edit]


Little works requiring validation[edit]

Translations, not eligible for simple listing

New works of less than 30 pages to be added to QUEUED


it:Wikisource:Rilettura del mese/Testi brevi

A list of potential PotM candidates[edit]

On the transcription project, there is a good list of text that are ready to be proofread. That list is available here. This list continues to grow so it would be great if we could knock it down. --Mattwj2002 11:03, 5 August 2008 (UTC)

Calendar 2014[edit]

Month Work Category Status
January Index:Weather Facts and Predictions.djvu
Index:Navvies and Their Needs.djvu
Index:Why the Shoe Pinches.djvu
Index:Hawarden Castle (guide).djvu
Index:Letter to Young Girls (Ruskin).djvu
Index:On the Pollution of the Rivers of the Kingdom.djvu
Index:Remarks on Some Late Decisions Respecting the Colonial Church.djvu
Index:Canterbury Papers.djvu
&c. &c.
Quirky & Short Yes check.svg 39 works completed
February Index:The Voyage Out.djvu Fiction Yes check.svg Done
March Index:Embroidery and Fancy Work.djvu
Index:Character of Renaissance Architecture.djvu
Fine arts Yes check.svg Done
April Index:The Spirit of the Nation.djvu
Index:Pieces People Ask For.djvu
Poetry Yes check.svg Done
May Index:Lake Ngami.djvu Geography (little known area) Yes check.svg Done
June Index:The Botany of the Antarctic Voyage.djvu Natural History Yes check.svg Done
July Index:Secrets of Crewe House.djvu
Index:Great Speeches of the War.djvu
World War I Yes check.svg Done
August Index:A Lady's Cruise in a French Man-of-War.djvu
Index:An Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans.djvu
Female author Yes check.svg Done
September Index:Mount Seir, Sinai and Western Palestine.djvu WS:RT Yes check.svg Done
October Index:The Development of Navies During the Last Half-Century.djvu Naval topics Yes check.svg Done
November Validation month Working on finishing proofread works
December Index:America's National Game (1911).djvu
Index:Athletics and Manly Sport (1890).djvu
Games and sports Selected

January 2014[edit]

Quirky short works

  • The Book of the Homeless
    • FFS, It's not under copyright! Why is this myth continuing to propagate?! Hesperian 23:32, 6 January 2014 (UTC)
      • It does still say so in the Pagespace of the book itself. Inaccurately, but that is the reason why someone might think so. - AdamBMorgan (talk) 23:48, 6 January 2014 (UTC)
        • Thanks for pointing that out. It no longer says so. Hesperian 01:36, 7 January 2014 (UTC)
          • You are welcome that it was pointed out by me 1st. —Maury (talk) 02:01, 7 January 2014 (UTC)
            • Thanks Maury. Hesperian 03:50, 7 January 2014 (UTC)

As we've almost done all of the selected ones above, I've uploaded the following so that they can be added in (in any order) as we work through them (struck out when moved into use):

striking those that are validated, though from what I see they are all at least proofread though need to be transcluded to main ns. There are enough there to add in for validation, though at the current rate, you had better be quick. I might see if I can grab something with a little more meat to keep the the fingers busy for longer. — billinghurst sDrewth 15:30, 10 January 2014 (UTC)

Another ten: Index:Vocal Speech for the Dumb.djvu, Index:University Reform - Two Papers.djvu, Index:A Sketch of the Characters of Sir John Patteson and Sir John Coleridge.djvu, Index:A Plea for the Middle Classes.djvu, Index:The organisation of the Royal Naval Artillery Volunteers explained.djvu, Index:Notes on the Present and Future of the Archaeological Collections of the University of Oxford.djvu, Index:Mr J. S. Mill on Personal Representation.djvu, Index:The Extravagent Expenditure of the London School Board.djvu, Index:The Ethics of Urban Leaseholds.djvu, Index:Agricultural Progress - Drainage.djvu Beeswaxcandle (talk) 19:49, 10 January 2014 (UTC)

What counts a short?ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 20:47, 10 January 2014 (UTC)
In this context, I'm looking at < 100 pp. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 22:24, 10 January 2014 (UTC)
Can I request generation of a report listing all works in the 20-100 page range that haven't been proofread?ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 22:51, 10 January 2014 (UTC)
Best thing to do there is to ask Hesperian to update his list at User:Hesperian/Indices and then take the desired subset from there. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 22:57, 10 January 2014 (UTC)
I heard that! Done. Hesperian 07:32, 11 January 2014 (UTC)

Another set of pamphlets: Index:The Coffee Publichouse.djvu, Index:Science the handmaid of religion.djvu, Index:The truth about the Transvaal.djvu, Index:Nurses for the sick.djvu, Index:Preaching the Gospel to the working classes impossible under the pew system.djvu, Index:A letter on pauperism and crime.djvu, Index:Do Away with Deans.djvu, Index:Three introductory lectures on the study of ecclesiastical history.djvu, Index:Emigration - a paper read at the Burdett Hall, Limehouse.djvu, Index:Handbook of maritime rights.djvu, Index:Central African Mission.djvu, Index:The first report, etc., of the Lichfield Society.djvu, Index:Correspondence between the Warden of St Columba's College and the Primate of Armagh.djvu, Index:The Agricultural Children Act, 1873, and the Agricultural Gangs Act, 1867.djvu Beeswaxcandle (talk) 07:52, 15 January 2014 (UTC)


  1. Some New Philosophical Views (1881) by Alexander Strahan
  2. Reform of Parliamentary Procedure (1882) by the National Union of Conservative & Constitutional Associations
  3. The Egyptian Difficulty and the First Step out of it (1884) by Anonymous
  4. The Jubilee, or what I heard and saw in London (1852) by Henry Caswall
  5. Americanisation - a letter to John Stuart Mill (1866) by anonymous
  6. Who are Insulting the Working Classes? (1879) by a working man
  7. Weather Facts and Predictions - 3rd edition (1877) by George Frederick Chambers
  8. Navvies and Their Needs (1878) by L. M. Evans
  9. Why the Shoe Pinches (1861) by Georg Hermann von Meyer trans. John Stirling Craig
  10. Hawarden Castle (1870) by George Thomas Clark
  11. Letter to Young Girls (Ruskin) (1876) by John Ruskin
  12. Remarks on Some Late Decisions Respecting the Colonial Church (1868) by Mountague Bernard
  13. Canterbury Papers (1850) by Association for Founding the Settlement of Canterbury in New Zealand
  14. On the Pollution of the Rivers of the Kingdom (1868) by Fisheries Preservation Society
  15. A Sketch of the Characters of Sir John Patteson and Sir John Coleridge (1877) by S. H. W.
  16. Vocal Speech for the Dumb (1877) by Benjamin St. John Ackers
  17. Notes on the Present and Future of the Archaeological Collections of the University of Oxford (1881) by Greville John Chester
  18. A Plea for the Middle Classes (1848) by anonymous
  19. Agricultural Progress - Drainage (1868) by James Sanderson
  20. The organisation of the Royal Naval Artillery Volunteers explained (1874) by Thomas Brassey
  21. The Ethics of Urban Leaseholds (1879) by John T. Emmett
  22. Address to the Mary Adelaide Nurses (1883) by Lady Henry Scott
  23. The Extravagent Expenditure of the London School Board (1876) Anonymous
  24. Science the Handmaid of Religion (1877) by J J Coxhead
  25. University Reform - Two Papers (1876) by John Richard Magrath
  26. The Coffee Publichouse (1878) by The Coffee Publichouse Association
  27. The Truth About the Transvaal (1881) by Lord Brabourne
  28. A Letter on Pauperism and Crime (1869) by a guardian of the poor
  29. Do Away with Deans (1869) by Edward Stuart
  30. Nurses for the Sick (1861) by Louisa Twining
  31. The First Report of the Lichfield Society (1842) by The Lichfield Society
  32. Preaching the Gospel to the working classes impossible under the pew system (1858) by John William Henry Molyneux
  33. Emigration — a paper read at the Burdett Hall, Limehouse (1868) by Charles Bernard Gibson
  34. Mr J. S. Mill on Personal Representation (1884) by John Stuart Mill
  35. Sketches of the History of the Church of Scotland (1882) by Arthur Ranken
  36. The Agricultural Children Act, 1873, and the Agricultural Gangs Act, 1867 (1873) by George Frederick Chambers
  37. Central African Mission - its Past and Present Prospects (1873) by Edward Steere
  38. Handbook of Maritime Rights (1876) by Henry Alexander Munro-Butler-Johnstone


February 2014[edit]

The Voyage Out is Virginia Woolf's first novel. We don't have it yet. The copy linked is the first American edition (1920), because I could not find a copy of the first UK printing (1915, Duckworth). --EncycloPetey (talk) 04:21, 3 January 2014 (UTC)

Question: Why does Google mess up books like the one shown above by EncycloPetey? Page 35 is ruined. The pages are perhaps too large because Google widens and elongates each page. One page is dark and the next page is light. This is often done by Google. Does that useless width which looks like it needs to be cropped make a difference in derivative works from Internet Archives? The book would make a good addition for our library (as will those listed below). —Maury (talk) 20:18, 29 January 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg selected as the first work for Feb. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 06:43, 29 January 2014 (UTC)

A few suggestions of important novels we're missing:

Beeswaxcandle (talk) 04:27, 3 January 2014 (UTC)

  • Also Waverley (1814), the first novel by Walter Scott and considered the first historical novel in the Western tradition. (My IA connection went out while looking for a copy). --EncycloPetey (talk) 04:36, 3 January 2014 (UTC)
    • Can't help butting in even though I'm a non-participant. If you're looking for important works that we don't have, you can't go past Boswell's Life of Johnson, regarded by many as the finest biography ever written in English. Hesperian 09:13, 29 January 2014 (UTC)

March 2014[edit]

Early Chinese Jades (1923), a book of carved jade art from early China, with many plates (some in color). We need more books on the arts, especially painting, drawing, and sculpture. --EncycloPetey (talk) 04:00, 3 January 2014 (UTC)

Unfortunately, not PD. Published 1923 in UK (and not in US), author died 1949 so not PD in UK until 2019. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 07:43, 26 February 2014 (UTC)
Ah, that's a real shame, but glad we caught that before it went up. --EncycloPetey (talk) 04:28, 28 February 2014 (UTC)

A couple of other possibilities:

I like Embroidery and Fancy Work. The book is late Victorian, so the designs are a bit dated, but it covers a wide range of artistic forms, and there are still many people actively interested in Victoriana. I checked a number of pages, and the text looks clean. --EncycloPetey (talk) 04:28, 28 February 2014 (UTC)
Sounds good. Yes check.svg Selected Beeswaxcandle (talk) 05:23, 28 February 2014 (UTC)
At the rate Embroidery &co. is progressing, we may need another selection. While I like the images in Chainese Carvings, it is a gallery catalogue of items for sale and has almost no text. I'm not sure it would make an effective collaborative work (though an individual or two might find the 58-page catalogue a good project). If we need to go to a second work then, I recommend Renaissance Architecture. --EncycloPetey (talk) 23:35, 2 March 2014 (UTC)
Another suggestion: Handbook of sculpture, ancient and modern. It's an introductory text about sculpture, its history, the different schools, etc. I found it rather easy to read, the text is large, and there's not too many images or complex structures. There are some greek words scattered throughout, since the history of sculpture does go back to ancient Greece, but these are minimal as well. Mukkakukaku (talk) 01:42, 3 March 2014 (UTC)
Embroidery has been completed. Any chance of another work being put up? I've set the template to overflow in any case. —Clockery Fairfeld [t·c] 12:01, 18 March 2014 (UTC)
Renaissance Architecture selected because it doesn't have a Google page. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 06:04, 19 March 2014 (UTC)

April 2014[edit]


May 2014[edit]

Theme:Geography (little known area)


I have only looked at the second one (by Campbell), and found that it's not much on geography. It's sort of a travelogue of missionary work among the natives with some local natural history and such thrown in from time to time. Not too keen on it at a PotM. --EncycloPetey (talk) 04:51, 30 April 2014 (UTC)
All three appear to be travelogues, although previous years appear to count travel writing as close enough. I have no strong preference in this selection, although I admit I'm amused by the blatancy of "Cannibal-land" as a title. Something needs to go live tomorrow, however. - AdamBMorgan (talk) 12:12, 30 April 2014 (UTC)
Since we need something of the earth on my wedding anniversary ("mayday-mayday",} why not consider a sub-division of geography? I offer this as a mere suggestion: On enWikisource we already have a book _sitting untouched since about 2009_ that has text in terrible shape (loaded in by a bot with text extracted). This work is also on Google as well as volumes 1 and 2 being on HathiTrust. This is illustrated mostly with b/w images but also some color images. I refer to "Great Neapolitan Earthquake of 1857: The First Principles of Observational Seismology as Developed in the Report to the Royal Society of London of the Expedition Made by Command of the Society Into the Interior of the Kingdom of Naples, to Investigate the Circumstances of the Great Earthquake of December 1857" —Maury (talk) 16:44, 30 April 2014 (UTC)
The "Great Neapolitan Earthquake &c." is not really a good choice for PotM. Look at Page:Great Neapolitan Earthquake of 1857.djvu/111, for example, which is locaded with difficult-to-format mathematical formulas. --EncycloPetey (talk) 01:50, 1 May 2014 (UTC)
I think there are but two pages like that in which case I would use an image. We also do have people here who like puzzle pages like that - not me. But we need something and when I saw Adam's statement about needing something by tomorrow (May 1st) I offered what I was already aware of. I looked at the travelogue books but I don't care for the Cannibal book that Adam mentioned. The images are also very difficult. Discard a good book (The "Great Neapolitan Earthquake &c.")for two or three pages of difficulty? At least it isn't a travelogue and it is about the earth and its movements and changes "Mother Nature" brings to many nations as opposed to someone's wanderings. It also is not all about the past because these still happen. But then I recently watched Pompeii and hear of earthquakes on television ref California, Mexico, and many others and I lived through one in the state of Washington that was shown on CNN that scared me since I knew not what to do. There is no where to run. The ground below me was like a liquid and more difficult to stand than being on a ship in a storm in blue water at sea. In Washington I was introduced to the bridge that replaced the swing bridge called "Galloping Gerdie" now called Tacoma Narrows Bridge". I would much rather be safe at sea on my favorite ship where we weathered many fierce storms. We need to learn about these machines of nature and what to do when they hit as with many tornadoes hitting nearby states fiercely this week. Where we live can become dangerous in a split second even if it has "never happened before" so we had best learn what to do ind especially as we move to or through new places to us. I presently live in an area called "Hurricane Alley" and knew little about what to do when I came here. We, and others had best learn or suffer the consequences. I don't know about land movements in Australia or New Zealand but I do know about situations in the USA including being caught in a flash flood somewhere in Nevada as water from nowhere started coming UP through cracks in the land when there was no rain coming down or when I watched as a river worked its way totally underground -- ground with deep cracks with the river, once flowing fast, totally disappeared below the ground. We need to learn about the Earth and how it functions more so that work on travelogues of any sort. I an not arguing I am just suggesting what I think is important to know and what is useful for us today. Has anyone here seen the recent news on mother nature's weather machines? -- Look at WikiPedia's front page and the article, April 27–30, 2014 tornado outbreak Kind regards, —Maury (talk) 03:12, 1 May 2014 (UTC)
It isn't just two pages, there are technical symbols and formulae throughout much of the book. The vocabulary is also highly technical, which means that proofreaders will have a hard time with it. It is a valuable book certainly, just not a good choice for a general community collaboration effort. --EncycloPetey (talk) 14:20, 2 May 2014 (UTC)

What about Lake Ngami, or, Explorations and discoveries during four years' wanderings in the wilds of southwestern Africa (1861)?

I admit to not having looked at the New Hebrides' books in detail and hadn't realised that they weren't really what I hoped. I'm happy with the Lake Ngami book. 07:47, 1 May 2014 (UTC)

The selected work is progressing quite rapidly. In case we need another this month, I am starting a list of possibilities, focusing on Borneo and Brunei, since that nation is much in the news of late. --EncycloPetey (talk) 19:16, 2 May 2014 (UTC)

June 2014[edit]

Theme: Natural History


I would go with this if we can swap the May and June selections. I am trained as a botanist, and would gladly help out a lot on this important work, but will not have the time in May. My schedule in June is much, much freer than this month or next. --EncycloPetey (talk) 00:18, 16 April 2014 (UTC)
I agree with EncycloPetey's request/suggestion above. It is always good to have someone we know here who loves the topic and can spare the time and that book is lengthy. So, can we switch months on that book or not and if not then why not? Switch to geography, geology, or gemstones. —Maury (talk) 01:30, 16 April 2014 (UTC)
Of course we can swap. I too should have a little more time in June than the craziness that is life this month. Swap done. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 06:45, 17 April 2014 (UTC)

July 2014[edit]

Theme: World War 1

For consideration

Yes check.svg selected
  • The British Black Book (1915) by Rudolf Cronau. German anti-British propaganda aimed at keeping the US out of WWI (or, at least, not on the side of the Allies). Short, about 140pp, with a one illustration and a few typographic ornaments. I placed a portion of the Black Book here on WS but it didn't have that title. It was something like England, a Destroyer of Nations. —Maury (talk) 04:35, 13 April 2014 (UTC)
  • The tunnellers of Holzminden (1920) by Hugh George Edmund Durnford. The story of the Great Escape of World War I, as told by one of its participants. 192pp (including 4 diagrams), plus 14 plates. Apart from the occasional umlaut, there is no tricky formatting. PD in the US due to age, but I don’t know if it’s PD in the UK, as I have been unable to find a d.o.d (or d.o.b.) for the author. — Iain Bell (talk) 10:15, 24 March 2014 (UTC) (struck out by Iain Bell (talk) 11:38, 26 March 2014 (UTC))
    @Iain Bell:I did some searching for this author previously, and died in 1965. Link on the talk page to a family tree. If we were to do this work we would need to host it on enWS, rather than Commons. That said, are we pushing our friendship levels to have people from Britain/Australia/Canada editing a work that is seemingly still under copyright outside of the US. — billinghurst sDrewth 14:29, 24 March 2014 (UTC)
    You have a point, so I have struck out that suggestion. Mind you, it will be eligible for Wikilivres in a couple of years... — Iain Bell (talk) 11:38, 26 March 2014 (UTC)

At the current rate of consumption, we're going to need a second book fairly soon. A couple of possibilities:

  • Re: the first choice (Elements), I'm not sure how valuable a book published in 1915 would be towards analysis of the War. In any case, it reads rather simplistically. The second (Russia) looks quite labor intensive; a 350 page book about Russia in the War that was published in 1915, and well prior to the October Revolution, seems less likely to be useful. The third choice is the one of these I favor most, although it covers mostly British speeches. --EncycloPetey (talk) 09:13, 4 July 2014 (UTC)

August 2014[edit]

Theme: Female Author


-- Mukkakukaku (talk) 07:08, 15 February 2014 (UTC)

  • Out of Due Time (1906) by Josephine Ward (Mrs. Wilfrid Ward). Mrs. Ward "was a member of England's leading Roman Catholic family and wife of the Catholic author, Wilfrid Ward." The novel "reflects the impact of religious and theological controversy [and] the unfolding crisis of Roman Catholic Modernism." (Abstracts: Amer. Acad. of Religion Society of Biblical Literature 1992, p. 113.) Londonjackbooks (talk) 23:42, 24 February 2014 (UTC)
  • There are a number of works by Caroline Norton both fiction and political that would add value, especially the political dealing with women's legal rights. — billinghurst sDrewth 13:54, 30 March 2014 (UTC)
    Or a work about Norton [1] by a female author Jane Grey Perkins (need to track down her details.) — billinghurst sDrewth 14:05, 30 March 2014 (UTC)
    Might this be useful re. Perkins? I am pretty sure this is the right person, and the bio. is fairly detailed. AuFCL (talk) 21:42, 30 March 2014 (UTC)
  • Constance Frederica Gordon Cumming A Lady's Cruise in a French Man-of-War (1882) described in her 1924 obit as "...It was in 1877, while in Fiji, that she was offered the opportunity of a voyage in the Pacific in a French man-of-war, visiting Tahiti, Tonga, Samoa, and other groups, finishing up in California. The result was one of her most interesting narratives ..."
We haven't yet chosen a work for August. I haven't been part of this discussion, so I'd rather not choose one, but if someone would like to, we can update the main page.—Zhaladshar (Talk) 13:28, 3 August 2014 (UTC)
Selected CF Gordon Cumming's A Lady's Cruise in a French Man-of-War because it sounds the most interesting and therefore might get completed. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 07:20, 4 August 2014 (UTC)

September 2014[edit]

A few possibilities:

Selected Mount Seir … Beeswaxcandle (talk) 04:03, 31 August 2014 (UTC)

October 2014[edit]

Selected Development of Navies. Would have liked to do the Dictionary, but it's got long-s (s) throughout, which doesn't work well for a PotM. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 02:13, 28 September 2014 (UTC)

November 2014[edit]

December 2014[edit]

It would be good to tidy off some of the older suggestions. I suggest that we start with @Moondyne:'s suggestion below of Index:America's National Game (1911).djvu for this month's PotM. It's been started and the images are already loaded on Commons. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 06:11, 27 November 2014 (UTC)

I've looked at a few random pages, and the formatting looks simple for most pages. This could be a good choice. --EncycloPetey (talk) 22:59, 27 November 2014 (UTC)

Since we're almost done with America's National Game, what about moving on to True Stories of Girl Heroines next? The formatting is straightforward, and the book is written in independent chapters for each "girl", so editors can work on a single chapter without further commitment. The only thing I see that needs to happen is that the Index page's page numbers should be corrected to account for the internal illustrations. --EncycloPetey (talk) 01:57, 15 December 2014 (UTC)

@EncycloPetey: Newbie made a suggestion for completing a work, and I replied that maybe we could consider adding it after we completed the current PotM. I said it blind without looking at it, though was so so so so kind to ping BWC. — billinghurst sDrewth 02:01, 15 December 2014 (UTC)
@Billinghurst: Ah, you mean Index:Forth Bridge (1890).djvu. The remaining work to be done for that volume consists of processing a number of missing images, and entering a few hideously complicated tables. I don't think that work is particularly amenable to general community work as a PotM. Rather, it needs an image-savvy person and a table-savvy person.
FWIW, the book I'm suggesting is one of those "works not actioned" that is listed at the top of this page. --EncycloPetey (talk) 02:06, 15 December 2014 (UTC)
Moondyne and I had already discussed doing Index:Athletics and Manly Sport (1890).djvu next to keep in with the sports theme. I was just waiting for the current work to finish before swapping over to it. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 05:04, 15 December 2014 (UTC)
OK, but we won't be able to finish that one. The source file is missing several of its illustrations. --EncycloPetey (talk) 14:24, 15 December 2014 (UTC)
Which someone very kindly patched in :) ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 14:44, 19 December 2014 (UTC)

Calendar 2015[edit]

Month Work Category Status
January Quirky & Short
February Fiction
April Poetry
May Geography (little known area)
June Natural History
July Anthropology
August Female author
September WS:RT
October Fiction
November Validation month Working on finishing proofread works

January 2015[edit]

Starting a list of possibles Beeswaxcandle (talk) 01:27, 14 December 2014 (UTC)

I'd favor The Museum, as I seldom see works on this topic anywhere. --EncycloPetey (talk) 01:40, 14 December 2014 (UTC)
I'd favor The Life story of an Otter -- WeeJeeVee (talk) 15:45, 15 December 2014 (UTC)
Some candidates (for validation)
Index:Kirby Muxloe Castle near Leicester (1917).djvu (for validation)
Index:St. Botolph's Priory, Colchester (1917).djvu (for validation)

ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 16:10, 16 December 2014 (UTC)

And one for proofread -

Index:Shore Line Electric Railway Predecessor Companies 1961.pdf

ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 11:27, 17 December 2014 (UTC)

February 2015[edit]

As it is the month for fiction, I would like to propose the following list of translated Bengali works:

  1. Nil Durpan (socio-political drama)
  2. The Poison Tree (social novel)
  3. Durgesa Nandini (historical romance novel)

Hrishikes (talk) 03:09, 14 December 2014 (UTC)

These are already proofread and just need validation. Usually we're looking for a work to take from un-proofread through to completed. However, let's see what others think. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 09:30, 14 December 2014 (UTC)
In that case, let me propose Srikanta (Part 1); it does not have any complicated formatting, is easy to work with, and is also an interesting read. Alternative: Kapalkundala. If you require a work in a still earlier stage, i.e., not yet added here, then proposed: The King of the Dark Chamber(1, 2, 3) by Tagore, which has a Gutenberg version, so, easy to proofread. Hrishikes (talk) 09:52, 14 December 2014 (UTC)
I don't really want to do works that have already been proofread. I think those need to wait until next November or be used in a "validation swap" with another user. I think doing plays would be difficult for a PotM because every page would need formatting for the change in character and stage directions (which is a lot to ask for new-coming proofreaders). I would support the idea of Srikanta. Are there other parts of that work that haven't been uploaded, or at least other novels that we could use? We'd go through that work in about 5 days.—Zhaladshar (Talk) 14:08, 16 December 2014 (UTC)
Srikanta is a four-part novel; the first part is most famous, PD translations of the other 3 parts I could not find. Non-PD complete translation has been published by Penguin (1, 2, 3), but that's not for here. Secondly, this may not take much time, but this is easy, therefore ideal for PotM. For the time factor, I added an alternative, Kapalkundala. More works can be proposed by others, I think, if there's more time, after finishing these two, if agreed upon. Lastly, about your newbie theory. I am also new here, joined only a few months ago, and my first work here was a play (Nil Durpan). Hrishikes (talk) 14:53, 16 December 2014 (UTC)

March 2015[edit]

There is no category in this month, so lets take Index:Great Neapolitan Earthquake of 1857.djvu WeeJeeVee (talk) 15:40, 15 December 2014 (UTC)

  • Additionally proposed, if there is time:
  1. Index:Calcutta, Past and Present.djvu
  2. Index:Asoka - the Buddhist Emperor of India.djvu (series starter)
  3. Index:Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Vol 1.djvu (series starter)

Hrishikes (talk) 02:18, 17 December 2014 (UTC)

  • The first option has a flawed source file, so it isn't viable at this time. The third option would be too complicated for a PotM. Ideally, we want a selection simple enough that even newcomers could participate Formatting an academic journal volume is not likely to be a good choice. The last time we tried a highly technical volume we didn't come close to finishing it. The second selection is less than ideal in that it contains many transcriptions of Sanskrit words, which require careful attention to (and typing of) diacriticals unfamiliar to most English speakers outside of India. It might still be workable, but it will liekly be frustrating to many editors and will require an additional proofread by someone properly versed in recognizing which dots, dashes, and other little marks are missing. --EncycloPetey (talk) 03:37, 17 December 2014 (UTC)
  • addendum: The second and third options appear to be missing their text layer, so we wouldn't use them for PotM. All selections should have a text layer that shows up in the edit window. Without this, we would have many additional problems, especially in light of the aforementioned Sanskrit transcriptions. --EncycloPetey (talk) 03:48, 17 December 2014 (UTC)

April 2015[edit]

  • Shelley's Queen Mab has been nominated before. This work may be ambitious for a PotM, but I thought I'd point out this early edition (1821) that pledged faithfulness to the original, while translating some of the Greek and French found in the notes. There is also this London edition from the same year. --EncycloPetey (talk) 20:54, 24 November 2014 (UTC)

May 2015[edit]

I am suggesting Burma by Herbert Thirkell White (transcription project). It was published as Volume 4 of the Provincial Geographies of India series edited by Thomas Henry Holland from the Cambridge University Press. We need more academic works and this may kick-start addition of the whole series to Wikisource. Solomon7968 (talk) 08:56, 18 December 2014 (UTC)

June 2015[edit]

  • How to Know the Ferns (1899), by Frances Theodora Parsons. A classic book with some nice illustrations, and one of the first popular fern manuals published for North America (if not actually the first). At only 262 pages, this book might not last the whole month. If we choose it, then we should have another ready. It's really a shame we don't yet have any works by this author. --EncycloPetey (talk) 20:16, 24 November 2014 (UTC)
  • The North American sylva (1859), by François André Michaux. Contains many beautiful Illustrated, plates, most in color. 180 pages (260 imagecount pages) --Rochefoucauld (talk) 02:31, 15 December 2014 (UTC)
    At around 700 pages of botanical text, that might be too ambitious for PotM. What you've linked is only Volume III. --EncycloPetey (talk) 02:38, 15 December 2014 (UTC)
Didn't notice that...never mined than. --Rochefoucauld (talk) 03:37, 15 December 2014 (UTC)
But vol. 1 is here: at It has beautiful plates, indeed! Very good idea. Dick Bos (talk) 10:51, 17 December 2014 (UTC)
  • Another proposal: Index:Life Movements in Plants Vol 2.djvu. It is a classic of botany and biophysics, part of a body of works which proved that plants were living creatures because of having movements of life. Vol II has a Gutenberg version mentioned on the author page, which should make it easy to proofread. Hrishikes (talk) 09:56, 17 December 2014 (UTC)

July 2015[edit]

  • Not sure whether this fits, but how about: Zhuang Zi, an ancient Chinese text that is one of the two foundational works of Taoism. The Giles translation is our only copy and it has not been proofread. The work consists of short stories, allegories, and anecdotes, so it would be easy for a new editor to edit a whole "chapter" in a short time. There is also not much text per page, and the font is large and friendly. The only wrinkle is the presence of a few breves (e.g., ŭ) and macrons in some of the transliterated names. --EncycloPetey (talk) 20:31, 24 November 2014 (UTC)

August 2015[edit]

  • Out of Due Time (1906) by Josephine Ward (Mrs. Wilfrid Ward). Mrs. Ward "was a member of England's leading Roman Catholic family and wife of the Catholic author, Wilfrid Ward." The novel "reflects the impact of religious and theological controversy [and] the unfolding crisis of Roman Catholic Modernism." (Abstracts: Amer. Acad. of Religion Society of Biblical Literature 1992, p. 113.) Londonjackbooks (talk) 20:06, 24 November 2014 (UTC)
    Looks interesting, but why did you choose the odd capitalization for the work? --EncycloPetey (talk) 20:11, 24 November 2014 (UTC)
You mean "Out of Due Time" as opposed to "Out of due time"? Just titling habits... Lots of work with poems... Londonjackbooks (talk) 20:23, 24 November 2014 (UTC)

September 2015[edit]

October 2015[edit]

December 2015[edit]

Books parked for consideration[edit]

Noting the list at the top of the page too
  • Amusements in Mathematics by Henry Ernest Dudeny. In an effort to find some popular public domain publications for inclusion here at WS, I found that the HTML version of this book is the most-downloaded text at the Internet Archive. Plus, someone has already gone to the trouble of extracting and cleaning the images [4]. There is a tiny amount of text cut off on pages 63-64, but the missing letters can be determined from context and from the HTML version --Eliyak T·C 22:52, 20 April 2012 (UTC)
(a) It's a key work of a great English writer;
(b) Johnson's text will be fun to read;
(c) It will add biographies of several writers.
(a) It's in multiple volumes, so we might have to start with just the first one and see what transpires;
(b) There will be many uses of long-s and the like;
(c) We may not be able to get a first edition to work from, and I'm not sure that I could find a complete set of a single edition in IA.

Would a work of this sort ever be a good selection for PotM, and why or why not? --EncycloPetey (talk) 03:12, 15 October 2012 (UTC)

EncycloPetey, I think the idea of finishing "abandoned books" is a very good idea. I am working on two of them now. If we all did this together we could finish them up quick and add them to our library here. THESE should be "Proofreads of the Month" instead of finding more before we have finished these sitting here.. —Maury (talk) 21:03, 10 January 2014 (UTC)

Suggestion for Proofreads of the Month[edit]

Suggestion for Proofreads of the Month

I often see a banner that states: There are no works on Wikisource by this author. If you'd like to add a new text, please review Help:Adding texts. The 2nd one that I saw today was about a "British Naval surgeon, zoologist and palaeontologist." Why not consider placing at least one work of these Authors that have no works on en.WS? In this particular situation I came here to present this idea and this author, I read about this fellow when reading and marking "validated" in a work done by Billinghurst. I found a new work unlisted on an author page, via also a Billinghurst mention and a link Billinghurst left in his text that showed me a very good book to add. That was sometime yesterday and I don't recall the details as I type this but I can find it.

Back to the former, this way we can fill in some blanks where we have "Authors", and this particular fellow has an excellent article on en.WPedia plus there is a photograph to add to a completed-looking work. I do not believe we should have "Authors" without an authored works when we can change that situation by adding them as a proofread of the month. Kindest regards to all and a Happy November 2nd. Maury ( —William Maury Morris IITalk 11:45, 2 November 2012 (UTC)

Author:John Lloyd Stephens (listed on en WS)[edit]

Author:John Lloyd Stephens wrote several grand books and they are illustrated. Let us choose something a bit more exciting lest we have an *another* unfinished work. —Maury (talk) 18:40, 29 April 2013 (UTC)

Queen Mab, if there is an opening[edit]

I know we've passed poetry month but if there is an opening later in 2013, I think Queen Mab by Percy Bysshe Shelley might be appropriate. I've been working on a list of upcoming anniversaries and noticed both that we don't have any copy of this work at all and that this year is the 200th anniversary of its first publication. I haven't found an 1813 version online yet but this is an 1821 edition (which therefore may be one of the leftover 1813 editions: the work was illegally repackaged and reprinted in 1821, which was the first public, mass-market edition). - AdamBMorgan (talk) 17:37, 18 May 2013 (UTC)

The Book of the Homeless[edit]

The Book of the Homeless (index) was put together by American novelist Edith Wharton to raise money for homeless World War I refugees. She collected material from many of the best writers, artists and musicians of her time: Sarah Bernhardt, Rupert Brooke, Joseph Conrad, John Galsworthy, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, Igor Stravinsky, William Butler Yeats, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Auguste Rodin, and so on. Also Theodore Roosevelt.

I have got what I wanted out of this — a Henry James essay not available elsewhere — and won't be finishing it off. But it struck me that this is an interesting short work that is likely to provide challenges to a broad cross-section of us: there's prose and poetry to be transcribed, including some in French, many images to be restored, and several musical scores to be transcribed.

In short, if you guys are ever looking for an interesting and challenging short work to proof, I commend this one to you.

Hesperian 03:04, 18 June 2013 (UTC)

Good candidate for our January quirky books month. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 03:12, 18 June 2013 (UTC)
Hesperian & Beeswaxcandle, 11 November 1918 is when World War I. ended and therefore it could be a good book for that same month of November 2013. Kindest regards, —Maury (talk) 03:35, 18 June 2013 (UTC)
It could certainly be a good book for November. However, isn't November a validation month? An alternative could be to keep it for January, as Beeswaxcandle said, or maybe for August (double purpose: Wharton died in August, and a book by a female author is required. —Clockery Fairfield (talk·contribs) 11:08, 18 June 2013 (UTC)

The Tale of Old Mortality[edit]

We don't have Walter Scott's The Tale of Old Mortality, which shocked me. Actually, we have very few works by him at all, despite his stature as an English writer, but The Tale of Old Mortality (or simply Old Mortality) is considered one of his best novels, and is a pretty high-profile English novel for us to be missing. --EncycloPetey (talk) 17:39, 10 July 2013 (UTC)

EncycloPetey, what is the url for the version you have found? I wish to look at it. —Maury (talk) 22:16, 10 July 2013 (UTC)
Well, to clarify first off (if you didn't know), Old Mortality is one in a series of loosely associated novels collected under the title Tales of My Landlord, though each is an independent story and novel. Of the first four volumes that make up "series 1", volumes 2 through 4 are Old Mortality (volume 1 is a separate story entitled The Black Dwarf). So, here then are the first edition (1816) volumes: Vol. II, Vol. III, Vol. IV. --EncycloPetey (talk) 00:57, 11 July 2013 (UTC)

Ethics of boxing and manly sport[edit]

John Boyle O'Reilly (1888). Moondyne (talk) 15:22, 26 April 2014 (UTC)

This link shows the above suggestion to be missing one or more images. Pg.15 is an example. Kind regards, —Maury (talk) 17:00, 26 April 2014 (UTC)
Page 31 is missing completely. We'd need a better scan of this work. --EncycloPetey (talk) 01:52, 27 April 2014 (UTC)
FWIW, the original PDF that "old" djvu was derived from (it seems) has all the images - some are 'fragmented across layers' is all (typical Google bullsh!t). At the bottom of the IA page, one can find the Source url used for their conversion processing ([5]) and, upon closer inspection, p15's pic and p31 are both there.

In short, the PDF needs a bit of tweaking (it is 6 years old btw) in order for the current conversion process at IA to detect and render all the images, fragmented or otherwise. -- George Orwell III (talk) 02:04, 27 April 2014 (UTC)

I must admit I didn’t look at the scan too hard before now. [6] is a 2011 scan and seems to have all images and a reasonable text layer. On closer inspection, its an strange beast — its actually four essays in one mis-titled book loosely connected as "manly sports": The first part is about the sport of boxing; The second is about physical training; the third is about Irish athletics and weaponry; and the last section is about canoeing adventures in Connecticut and elsewhere. Moondyne (talk) 12:05, 27 April 2014 (UTC)

I don't think you made such a bad choice Moondyne. Before looking inside it shows "Subject: Boxing; Games; Canoes and canoeing" and it is not from Google. All that is needed is to add the other subjects and you still have a good and unusual book. Do you like boxing? As a youngster I and several friends sometimes got into fights when playing football. My neighbor would always hasten to us to put on boxing gloves since he was a lightweight golden gloves boxer in the Air Force. It ruined a good "tussle" though. We all learned some boxing from him and my uncle taught me Judo (W.W.II (Germany) & Korean War/POW veteran) and I learned mixed martial arts which I preferred. The legs have far more power and reach than the arms. —Maury (talk) 13:20, 27 April 2014 (UTC)

I hate boxing; but I do enjoy the author’s work. :) Moondyne (talk) 15:47, 27 April 2014 (UTC)
I disilke boxing because it hurts when I get hit in the nose or below the trunks. I like to watch most sports on television though. Do you want to work on this book? Which one? I can remove Google watermarks if you choose a google book. I downloaded one that has white pages -- a .pdf from Google but with the watermarks. I can remove those and then upload the .pdf to Internet Archives to derive a .djvu file. The images are clean. The author should be somewhat of a hero of yours. He was once an unwilling Australian immigrant like a different bona fide hero of yours. —Maury (talk) 21:17, 27 April 2014 (UTC)

POM nomination withdrawn. Have started it myself at Index:Athletics and Manly Sport (1890).djvu. Moondyne (talk) 10:26, 4 July 2014 (UTC)

A dictionary of the Book of Mormon[edit]

I would like to nominate Index:A dictionary of the Book of Mormon.pdf. So far as I can tell, it is one of the few available "reference" type works on the Book of Mormon, thus making it one of the few available which give easier access to that work. John Carter (talk) 15:40, 5 July 2014 (UTC)

From a technical persepective, a better scan would be needed. The Google scans from that period are quite bad. It also needs to be in DjVu format. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 23:31, 5 July 2014 (UTC)
See IA for the .DjVu if still interested. I just replaced the PDF from there onto Commons and the quality is far better now. -- George Orwell III (talk) 07:46, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
It really isn't that long a work, and I could probably do the proofread solo if need be. Unfortunately, I'm enough of a tech illiterate that I've never really uploaded anything properly. John Carter (talk) 19:41, 8 July 2014 (UTC)
Perhaps you could email the text to a volunteer who would upload it. Oh, I am not that volunteer, just an idea girl passing by for other purposes (see new section below)! Hope this helps, Geekdiva (talk) 09:32, 24 July 2014 (UTC)