I was asked to help with taking a PDF document of the Eastern Code of Canon Law and creating a eBook version that was fully indexed so that the you could click within the table of contents to go to that section. I was able to do that using open source programs called Calibre and Sigil. I was then asked to do the same with the Code of Canon law for the Latin Rite. That was a bit more difficult considering I didn’t have the full text that was the same as the version on the Vatican’s web site. I didn’t want to use the abbreviated version I had since if I was going to do this I wanted to do it right. So I parsed through the English version on the Vatican’s web site to build the eBook and to index for the Table of Contents as I went.
Having finished that I thought it was probably a worthwhile resource for other so I am making it available for download for anyone to use.
The eBook versions can be nice to use since most eReaders let you easily highlight content and create notes along with providing searching of the full text. On the iPad both the Kindle App and the iBook App provides a very nice search in that it shows the search term within a sentence for context. Though you don’t have to have an eReader and there are book reader apps for the PC/Mac. For example Amazon has Kindle apps for these platforms, but it is rather crippled since it is missing search and the ability to create notes.
ePub: 1983 Code of Canon Law
mobi (Kindle): 1983 Code of Canon Law
mobi (Kindle): Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches
* Note: For Kindle users to upload these ebooks from your computer. You can 1. Email it to your Kindle address, 2. Upload it via the USB cable, 3. Use the open source program Calibre to upload it to your device.