The Archery Library
Old Archery Books, Articles and Prints
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About this library

Old archery books still contain a lot of useful information. They are hard to find and often very expensive. This site is dedicated to preserving them by creating an online repository for the benefit of all archers and as a record of passed times of archery.

The library started when the maintainer thought it could be interesting to put some books from his collection online of which the copyright had expired.

The Library is a non-profit site. The proceedings from advertisement go towards purchase of new books and hosting costs.

About digitizing

If a book is available in the printed version, the books are scanned manually. Initially, a flatbed scanner was used. This is a labour intensive process and not beneficial for the condition of the books, as much stress is put on the spine.
As digital the resolution of digital photographic cameras became higher and prices came down, later a digital camera was used. This enables faster image acquisition and less stress on the books. Only the images are still scanned on a flatbed scanner.

Sometimes books are already available in digital format. Depending on the format, they are either converted using OCR or edited in a word-processor

After obtaining the images an OCR-program is used to convert the images into text. The text is then corrected and formatted in a word-processor. These files are then converted into HTML.

The original paragraphs are maintained, as wel as the italics in the text. There may be spelling mistakes and even omissions so, if you do find a typing/scanning mistake, or if you suspect that something is not correct, please let me know. Please, do notice that the original spelling might be somewhat different than today.

About donations

If you would like to donate a book to the archery library, this is most welcome.

If you wish, you can send us a book and we will process it, returning it to you if desired. You do not need to actually send us the book if you do not want. If you have a scanner or digital camera, you can digitize the pages and send them to us for further processing. If you want to process the book yourself, we will be happy to assist you.

Financial donations

Financial donations are not requested, as this may involve costly transaction fees and have tax implications for the maintainer.