Mystery and Crime Conan Doyle, Sir Arthur: Sherlock Holmes Omnibus. v11. 17th Dec 2011
#1  HarryT 03-27-2007, 12:13 PM
"Sherlock Holmes Omnibus", containing the complete "Sherlock Holmes" stories (4 novels and 56 short stories) of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The contents are:


Short story collections:

Edit: 28th March 07

Uploaded v2 of the book. Improvements:

1. Shortened titles so they show up properly in the TOC.
2. Replaced the "global" contents list at the start of the file by an initial "Book Index", with each book name linking to a "Contents" page at the start of that book. This makes navigation a lot simpler. If you're not sure which story is in which book, use the TOC.
3. Added a cover picture.

Edit: 9th April 07

Uploaded an additional file, "" with smaller fonts than the original, for those who found the original font size too small. I've left the original file there, so you can have whichever you prefer.

Edit: 8 Nov 07

Uploaded v3. This is a complete re-issue of the book with dramatically improved formatting, better layout, and new and improved sources for some of the material. This was the very first eBook I created, and I've learned a lot about how to do it "right" since the original version was issued.

Edit: 19 Nov 07

As stated elsewhere, I've started a careful proofreading against a good printed edition. This version has "A Study in Scarlet" proofread, with literally dozens of errors corrected. Some are significant (spelling mistakes); most are errors in punctuation or capitalization - questions without question marks, missing or suplus hyphens, etc. Uploaded v4.

Edit: 27 Nov 07

Proofed and corrected "The Sign of the Four". Uploaded v5.

Edit: 14 Dec 07

Proofed and corrected "The Hound of the Baskervilles". Uploaded v6.

Edit: 13 Mar 08

Proofed and corrected "The Valley of Fear". Uploaded v7.

Edit: 1 Jan 09

Proofed and corrected "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes". Uploaded v8.

Edit: 20 Nov 11. v9 Uploaded.

Major edit and re-arrangement of the book. All books within the omnibus are now presented in chronological order and, within the short story collections, the stories in "His Last Bow" and "The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes" have been re-arranged into publication order. Many illustrations have been re-scanned, and several missing ones added. "The Adventure of the Cardboard Box" has been restored from "His Last Bow" to its rightful place in "The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes" (it was omitted from the first English edition because it was felt to be too shocking at the time of original publication). At the same time, the introduction to "The Cardboard Box" which had been (badly) appended to the start of "The Resident Patient" has been removed, and the original Strand Magazine introduction restored. Many hundreds of errors have been corrected, and italics, missing accents, etc, restored. The formatting has been significantly improved (eg letters, newspaper quotes, etc, are now indented and in a smaller font). The result of all this is an immensely improved and much more error-free book.

Edit: 21 Nov 11. Uploaded v10.

A number of people reported typos in the previous upload, so I thought I'd better get them corrected immediately. I've also replaced the cover by one that's consistent with the cover style that I usually use. Uploaded v10.

Edit: 17 Dec 11. Uploaded v11.

A number of MR users have reported small errors, about a dozen in total. Fixed these, and created a new version. Many thanks for these error reports - please do let me know if you find any remaining errors; I'm sure there must still be some!

Previous download count: 5291

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#2  HarryT 03-27-2007, 12:33 PM
One problem I've just noticed myself is that, for most of the short stories, all that's visible in the TOC is "The Adventure of...". I think I'll shorten the titles and replace, for example:

Adventure III. The Adventure of the Dancing Men

by simply:

III. The Dancing Men

Does that seem like a reasonable solution?

#3  RWood 03-27-2007, 02:38 PM
Wonderful effort Harry. And yes, that sounds like a reasonable solution as most of us would know it as simply "The Dancing Men".

#4  sic 03-27-2007, 03:47 PM
Great! I suggest we share more ebooks like this.
No automatic conversion can match a human and why work on the same things if someone already has?

#5  vvv 03-27-2007, 05:35 PM
Quote sic
No automatic conversion can match a human
Agree. My many-years experience with e-books creation shows that it is impossible to write an universal parser which would correct all the errors for all the types of input books. So, if you want a perfectly looking e-book, some manual editing is always needed. For this reason I spend a lot of time writting different BookDesigner tools which allow to simplify and accelerate the manual editing.

#6  HarryT 03-28-2007, 06:01 AM
I've just uploaded a new, improved, version of the book. New file, and list of improvements, in the initial message of the thread.

#7  astra 03-28-2007, 07:40 AM


#8  HarryT 03-28-2007, 07:57 AM
You're very welcome. I'm a big "Sherlock Holmes" fan, and did this entirely for my own benefit. If other people find it useful too, that's just a "bonus"

#9  Alexander Turcic 03-28-2007, 09:20 AM
Great work, Harry! It's true - nothing can replace the fine work of the human hand here.

#10  Dave Berk 03-28-2007, 09:31 AM
Wow, 8 hour? You surely invested a lot of time in this. Thanks very much harry. This is a great addition to my sony reader library.

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