Thamizhmann Publishers, in Chennai are publishing rare, old, prolific Tamil writers books, for 30 years. Their books are study materials for Tamil Studies in many universities.
They have released complete works collections famous authors like Paavanar, Sami sithambaram, Na.Mu.Ve nadar, Mayilai Seeni Vengadasamy, Vellai Varanar, Ilangumaranar, thiru.vi.ka, Rajamanikanar, saminatha sarma, Ovai Duraisamy,Mudiyarasan, Na.Si. Kandaya, Maraimalai adigal, Va.Suba. Manikanar, Appadurai and more.
Along with these they have published many dictionaries, Tamil music related books, etc.
- Barathidasan – 167
- Ka. Appadurai – 98
- Ilangumaranar – 80
- Saminatha sarma – 76
- Na.Si. Kandaiya – 65
- Thiu.vi.ka – 54
- Paavanar – 53
- Maraimalai adigal – 52
- Saami chidambaranar – 37
- Rajamanikkanar – 39
- Manikkam – 34
- Na.Mu.Ve nadar – 32
- Ovai Duraisamy – 32
- Pulavar Kulandai – 28
- Sangam literature – 22
- Mudiyarasan – 22
- Vellai Vaaranar – 21
- Mayilai Seeni Vengadasamy – 20
- Tholkappiyam – 19
- Pathinen-kil-kanakku – 18
- Tamil Grammar Dictionary (Gopal Iyer) – 18
- Ragavan – 16
- Sadasivam – 16
- Tolkappiyam – 15
- Literature -15
- Paavanar – 13
- Tamil Nadu History – 12
- Soma sundara Barathiyar – 10
- Tamil scholars – 10
- Ramanathan – 10
- Tamil Dictionary – 10
- Karunamirtha Sagaram -7
- Aim-perum-kapiyam – 5
- Muthu-mozhi-kalanjiyam – 5
- Subbu Reddy– 3
- Silver Jublee Tamil Dictionary – 3
- Ara neri vilakkam – 3
- Yarl Dictionary – 2
- N.C. Kandaiya Dictionary – 2
- Moral Books – 2
- Kurunthogai Vilakkam – 1
Total Pages – More than 2,00,000 (2 lakh)
Total Books – 1,165
Releasing Nationalized books as Ebooks
Tamil Virtual Academy has released around 2000 Nationalized Books as PDF files in Public Domain license. Tamil Wikisource volunteers have OCRed them and proofreading them to fix the spell errors. This task is seeking huge amount of manual effort and time. It may take few decades to proofread all these 2000 books.
As Thamizhmann Publications is publishing these public domain books as print books, we discussed with them, to ask if they have these books in unicode format. For our surprise, they have all these books in unicode format as MS Word Documents.
We explained our works at FreeTamilEbooks.com, Kaniyam.com and ta.wikisource.org proof read works. They wondered and wished for our contributions.
They agreed to give all these 1000s of books (more than 2 lakh pages) in unicode word format,for Kaniyam Foundation to release as Free Ebooks. Once they are released, we will get all the Tamil Scholars complete works for free.
We agreed compensate with some money for their great works for 30 years and giving all the 1000s of books as unicode word documents.
We said that we can give Rs 5 Lakh. 5,00,000 INR. If we calculate, it comes as 2.5 Rs/Page.
After we received the books, we will add cover images. Then, will publish in http://ta.wikisource.org and http://FreeTamilEbooks as epub, mobi, A4 PDF, 6 inch PDF formats so that anyone can read in any device.
A Happy News
University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada donated all the price for all the ebooks, including taxes. We have to make the ebooks as epub, mobi, PDF, HTML, txt, odt formats with cover images as soon as possible.
We are currently working on splitting the MS word documents, provided by Thamizhmann Publishers, as individual documents for ebook making.
Call for Donations
All the 1000 ebooks are great assets for Tamil Language. Releasing them as good quality ebooks is a high energy demanding work.
We are working on automating most of the works, recruiting team, training them, making training documents and videos for them, MoU between Kaniyam and UTSC, etc.
As there will be 3-4 full time employees for this project, there will be lot of expenses. Help us with your Donations.
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Announcement of Thamizhmann Publishers Books in Creative Commons License
Here is the announcement in English and Tamil along with their book list.
in Tamil – https://archive.org/download/thamizhmann-cc-declaration/Thamizhmann-cc-declaration-tamil.pdf
In English – https://archive.org/download/thamizhmann-cc-declaration/Thamizhmann-cc-declaration-english.pdf
Download PDF Books
Here you can download PDF version of these ebooks.
We will convert to epub, mobi, HTML, txt, wiki formats in 6 months and release in FreeTamilEbooks.com
We thank Thamizhmann Publishers, University of Toronto Scarborough Canada, CIS-A2K Bengaluru, Donors, Kaniyam Volunteers, Tamil Wikipedia Community, Tamil Wikisource Community for their great support for this great project.