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CD-ROM of the Library Edition of Ruskin's Works

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Publication date5/07/10

The CD-ROM of the Library Edition of Ruskin's Works is recognised as an indispensable resource for anyone with an interest in Ruskin, from scholars and students to the general public. The existing application is no longer supported by Microsoft Vista or Windows 7, a problem that required an urgent solution. Through extensive work by the Ruskin Library Staff and the University Library IT staff, considerable progress has now been made in overcoming this problem. They have already converted 9 volumes (nearly half) to pdf, with the prospect of completing the rest in the near future. Whilst there is lot of work to be done, there seems to be no major hurdles in then putting everything on-line. Please watch this space for further updates.

Once The Works are on-line it will give excellent access to individuals and institutions to this invaluable resource.

In the meantime the CD-Rom is still available to buy but it's only supported by older versions of Windows. For information about how to purchase a copy please go to: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/ruskin/foundation.htm.

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The Works of John Ruskin on CD-ROM

Originally published by Cambridge University Press for the Ruskin Foundation in 1996, the CD-ROM is now available direct from the Ruskin Foundation at a special price of £15.00 or $40.00 including postage and packing.

The CD-ROM features:

  • The text of all 39 volumes of Cook and Wedderburn's Library Edition of The Works of John Ruskin, including the Index Volume
  • 2,100 digitised graphic images, many in full colour, which can be magnified or reduced
  • Rapid search and retrieval facilities with straightforward screen commands The same text, running-heads, footnotes and paragraphs as the original printed books
  • The facility to print all text and pictures

The CD-ROM runs on PC computers with Windows. All necessary search and display software is provided on the CD-ROM and does not need to be acquired separately. The following PC equipment is recommended: 486 or Pentium PC; Windows 3.1/95/98 (it is not supported by Windows 2000 or Windows XP but a patch to remedy this is available at no extra cost); 4MB of RAM (8MB preferable); SGVA colour monitor; 10MB of hard disc space, double speed CD-ROM drive. The product should also run on most Power Macintoshes under suitable Windows emulation software such as Soft Windows.