Posted by: wodetian | February 29, 2008

Craaazy Love

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Welcome to the oddly-named CHINA-US MILLION BOOK DIGITAL LIBRARY PROJECT. The lovely Jennifer has been kind enough to share one of the invaluable tools that she has discovered during her research abroad. I can’t imagine this secret staying very secret for long. Search ancient texts, minguo writings, modern scholarship, english scholarship, images, and even more resources for your favorite key words, and see what happens! This site is the result of some pretty intense book-scanning projects, and even includes the Qing dynasty gazetteer of Suzhou that I’ve been pining after! Who needs a library any more anyways? You have to download their DjVu plug-in, but I’ve had guarantees that this is safe, and it’s a handy way to view their PDF-style pages. Special features include a collection of images from calligraphy dictionaries, in case you plan on imitating the style of your favorite 15th-century literatus, as well as one of the craziest collections of (9,000+) images that you can browse if you download yet another plug-in. This site is nothing if not random… but I suppose that if you weren’t into the beauty of randomness you wouldn’t be here in the first place, now would you?

So go submerge yourself in some chaos!

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