The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #104478   Message #2140713
Posted By: Jim Dixon
04-Sep-07 - 01:55 PM
Thread Name: Tables of Contents are welcome!
Subject: RE: TABLES of CONTENT are welcome!
Here's another approach you might take: Find the book in a library, and look at the actual book before you decide whether you want to buy it. If it turns out that it only has a few songs that you want, you can photocopy the pages. I think you can legally do this as long as the copies are for personal use.

WorldCat is very useful for finding books in a library.

In fact, WorldCat has a provision for storing and displaying the table of contents for any book, but the information is usually missing. They seem to be relying on the public to supply the information.

If you find the catalog entry (description) of the book you want, and click "Details" you will see a heading "Table of Contents" but it is usually followed by the message "Be the first person to add table of contents for this item."

I once entered the table of contents for a book, as an experiment, and it worked, but I don't remember which book it was! I don't have a scanner or OCR, so I don't plan to do a lot of this.

I suppose it would be a public service, for anyone who does have a scanner and an OCR program, to post the data both at WorldCat and here (if it's a song book).