Catholic book rescue project

Lincoln, Nebraska


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Catholic book rescue project


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Ianua Caeli

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Catholic graphic and web designer/coder with a desire to make more known the intellectual and spiritual treasures of the Church

Category: Education & Research

Start Date: November 20, 2020

Rescuing classic books of the Catholic Church.

Hello, my name is Isaac. I am a Catholic graphic designer. After becoming frustrated with the fact that so many classic books of Catholic theology and spirituality are no longer in print, I have decided to take matters in my own hands by using my graphic design skills to help bring these treasures back and make them available to you, available to everyone.

The Church has a huge heritage of knowledge in many areas. Unfortunately, many books are no longer in print or very difficult to find.  We want to put them back in the hands of clerics and faithful by digitalizing them and turning them into ebooks (I mean real ebooks, rather than photo-PDFs) and eventually reprinting them (fully re-typeset, not just blurry facsimiles).

I've managed to put together a team of five people (including me) and we are capable of digitalizing and translating books between English, Spanish and Latin.
We will begin by digitalizing books (translation is a bit further down the road) in the following categories:
  • » Philosophy and Theology books that are useful for clerics (seminarians, priests; specially thomists) 

  • » Spiritual/moral books for faithful Catholics (devotional books for kids, Meditations, Liturgical reflections for the whole year and the timeless manuals for parents).

In order to carry out this Apostolate we need to buy:

  • » book-scanners and computers for the team (both desktops and laptops to be able to travel and take/edit pictures wherever), 
  • » software for processing and for graphic design (e.g. yearly subscriptions of Photoshop, InDesign), as well as for sharing files (yearly subscription for DropBox).
  • » an iPad (for photos and ebook testing, we already own a kindle)
  • » a professional camera (for making high quality photo-books, and for capturing image details in books, like missal wood cuts or other design elements)
  • » a printer for testing
  • » The first batch of books to digitalize.

Please share this page and tell your friends about this project! 

Feel free to suggest books that you would like to be made available again!! (limited to old, not in-print, not available books to avoid copyright issues).

Thanks and GodBlessYou!

Our Lady, Mother of God: Pray for us!

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