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Library Of The Future 4th Edition

by Ablesoft
Windows NT / 98 / 2000 / Me / 95, Mac, Linux, Unix
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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System Requirements

  • Platform:      Windows NT / 98 / 2000 / Me / 95, Mac, Linux, Unix
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B00002S8OW
  • Item model number: 7002501501
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 10, 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,546 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description


With more than 5,000 literary titles, Library of the Future is the perfect reference tool for school and home. From the Declaration of Independence to the Hippocratic Oath, this is the perfect tool for teachers and students--an entire library you can hold in the palm of your hand! Library of the Future contains books, plays, poems, religious works, historical documents, and scientific works.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Library of the Future May 19, 2000
By A Customer
Well, surprise--this "book" was just what it promised! Five thousand (count 'em) articles and books for $15. That's not even a penny apiece. You can usually find the complete works of Shakespeare here and there in a book, but this CD has all of that and lots more: Mark Twain, Jane Austen, even Edgar Rice Burroughs. And you can read them in large type--just great for my Dad with his vision problems. That makes this Christmas easy shopping.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a product! April 11, 2000
This is an unbelievable piece of software! I just finished reading a 400 page novel (Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassant) via my computer screen. You can adjust the letter size to up to about 1/4 inch high so it's very easy on the eyes. And the auto scroll feature means that your hands are free to enjoy a cup of coffee at the same time. It is simply astounding that so many works, from the complete works of Shakespeare to War and Peace, among hundreds of others, can be contained on a single cd-rom costing 20 bucks! Buy it. You may be doing your part to save Western Civilization!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars why not others??? July 4, 2001
It is hard to understand why, after all these years of computer and software development in many areas, this "Library of The Future CD ROM" is the only effort that can be considered of any value, to comprise into CD ROM media the work of many authors. By now, one would have thought that CD's will be available with the complete works of authors from all countries and eras. I understand that copyright is an issue, but still, there is serious money to be made in preparing an assortment of CD's, in different lenguages that include pratically all the literary work of value in the world. In this particular case of the "Library of the Future", the software interface is poor, but the reader will have in just one CD ROM more than 5,000 literary pieces, including very hard to find works by greek poets and other ancient authors. A commendable effort that needs someone with the resources to do a serious follow up.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Its the only game in town. March 19, 2001
You can quibble about the ancient interface, and the multimedia is somewhere between ludicrous and worthless. Yet, when all is said and done, we have here 5000 titles of the Western World's most important literature. I've used it for literary research with great effect. The search engine is crude but effective. Individual titles can be saved to your hard disk and/or printed. This disk is an indispensible asset to any library, or anyone with any pretensions of education. For $15 bucks its the best literary bargain in town.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give us MORE....! July 29, 2003
By ABH457
What a bunch of whiners -- with a few exceptions, of course -- have reviewed this CD-ROM. I am delighted to have found it. And so will you be. It is fabulous and ought to be one among many, many, many such CD-ROMs loaded with all of Western (and other) literature. I have used it on many occasions, and am only disapointed when the work I seek is not included. But how can anyone complain when they get 5,000 works of world literature for a pittance?? Please give us more of this kind of software.
It is true that the interface and typeface are a tad primitive, but everything is very accessible and the works and authors can be sorted many ways. I would imagine, however, that the lack of over-glitzy interfaces -- deeply disturbing as this may be to some poor tadpoles -- frees up space for more authors.
"Not worth the money..." writes one invertebrate. What absolute nonsense!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blissfully simple...Please become available again April 19, 2004
By John
What more can I say.
5000 good things to read.
Simple no-frills interface.
You can make the type-face larger to make it EASY to read and then just turn on the automatic scroll.
Should Scribners or Amazon be worried about this? I don't think so. If I want to read Madame Bovary unplugged I'll get it at the bookstore or from Amazon. I'll buy as many books as ever.
But this is so coooooool. Download these on-line? I don't think so!!! You have better things to do with your time and RAM memory than download War and Peace. Sheeeesh!
I DON'T WANT E-BOOKS. I will never buy an e-book.
I want this and when I want something else I want a nice little Scribners or something. Or when I want a Dan Brown I'll get that.
But somebody's gotta bring this AbleSoft product back!!!!!
I gave away my copy thinking I could buy another.
I'd pay $$$.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I am at a loss as to why there are not more products on the market like this. What could be more useful than an entire library of 5000 literary works on a single CD! You can put the equivalent of several tons of books in your pocket! I owned a previous version published by Electronic Home Library years ago and was highly satisfied with it- especially the search function. This disc contains many more literary titles- including the unquestioned classics of antiquity. It is impossible to list all the works or authors (Novels, plays, poems, religious works, historical and scientific documents- all unabridged.) While this last (4th edition) was written for use on old 386 systems I have found that it works just fine on my Pentium III system. It also works with my older Electronic Home Library collection.

You can search instantly by work, phrase, subject, title, or author.

Plus there are hundred of original illustrations- not to mention selective audio readings and video clips.

Combine this with a lap top and you are a walking library.
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