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Ghostbusters PDF eBook Preservation Project

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Sep. 25, 2011 at 11:55 PM , Categories: Ghostbusters 1, Books
Image IT HAS BEGUN! No, not Mortal Kombat - though the awesome 1995 flick did come out on Blu-ray this year - but rather a project I've thought about for years has officially begun here on Spook Central.

Back in 2008 when I was working on The Real Ghostbusters: Complete Collection DVD box set, I scanned in a bunch of my The Real Ghostbusters and Slimer! scripts and assembled the scans into PDF "eBook" files for inclusion in the set and on this site. That gave me the idea of doing the same thing, not only with the other scripts that I own for both movies and Extreme Ghostbusters, but also with the other Ghostbusters books in my collection. Not only would this allow me to share the vintage materials that I own, most of which would cost big bucks to buy the few remaining copies that are still out there, but it would allow me to digitally preserve materials that are no longer being published so that future generations could enjoy them.

As with most everything that I start, the project laid dormant for many years, with The Real Ghostbusters and Slimer! scripts being the only progress made on it. That all changed a month ago when Matthew Jordan (from the Ghostbusters Wiki) used some of the Trioxin he has stored in steel drums in his basement to bring the project back to life. He e-mailed me to say that he was working on making a complete digital copy out of his physical copy of the "Ghostbusters" novel by Richard Mueller, and he was wondering if I'd like to host it on Spook Central. Since I also own that book, and thus it's one of the books I planned on including in my project, I jumped at the chance.

(SIDE NOTE: Matthew's physical copy of the book is in very poor condition. He did a tremendous amount of work to make it look as good as the PDF you'll find on the Ghostbusters Books page. To illustrate just how much work he did, look at this 1600x1400 image he put together that shows the clean-up process. As if that wasn't enough, he also gathered up all of the images strewn throughout the book and collected them into a photo gallery at the end of the PDF. He didn't have to, but he did it anyway because he's cool like that.)

I used this as a chance to lay the groundwork for the entire project by transforming the old "In Print" pages into new "Books" pages for Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, and The Real Ghostbusters. There are practically no full books available on any of those pages right now, other than the Richard Mueller novel (on the Ghostbusters page, of course), seeing as how I haven't done any scanning myself. I wanted to use the addition of the novel PDF to the site as the opportunity to get things started for future use. Eventually I'll fix up the Comic Books page like this as well, as I would also like to include complete PDF eBooks of every out-of-print Ghostbusters comic.

I downloaded a bunch of page scans for the majority of the Now comic books (I think I have scans of all of Vol. 1), as well as 88MPH's Legion, Now's Ghostbusters II, and one Slimer! and Marvel RGB issue as well. That'll save me the trouble of scanning in my copies, though I still have to fix some of them up, and I want to compare the scans with my physical comics to make sure that no pages are missing. Don't expect for any of that to show up this week. I certainly hope that I'm not biting off more than I can chew with the scope of this project, especially in terms of the amount of file space needed for it all. Maybe I could share the load, by letting another site host the comic PDFs... but that's not something I'll worry about right now.

I would love to get help from those of you who own Ghostbusters books/magazines and can scan them in well (the less image clean-up I have to do, the faster the content will get on the site). Here's what I already have page scans of: GB1 Starburst magazine, Now GB2 issues 1-3, Now RGB vol 1 issues 1-27, Now RGB vol 2 Annual 1992, Now Slimer issue 1, Marvel RGB UK Annual 1990, and 88MPH Legion issues 1-4.

Disclaimer: No copyright infringement is intended with this project. The presentation of full books and articles is done solely to digitally preserve materials that are no longer being published. For that reason, no IDW books will appear on the site until they no longer have the license and the books are out-of-print. The same is true of Cereal:Geek articles, unless James Eatock gives me permission. Nobody should be forced to pay hundreds of dollars to second-hand stores, such as eBay and Amazon Marketplace, just to be able to read one of these books. A lot of these books have been out-of-print for 20+ years. The original copyright owners aren't making one cent in profit off of the copies being sold by sellers at the aforementioned places. Heck, a lot of the copyright owners have long gone out of business. These books will be lost and gone forever if we all don't step forward to properly preserve them.

Also, thanks to Patrick O'Riley and Matthew Jordan, the 8/5/1983 draft of the Ghostbusters script is now available on the Ghostbusters Scripts page. Patrick scanned it in and submitted it, Matthew did clean-up of the images.

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