If you are interested in "orphaned" Watchtower books (and a few booklets) you may want to get a copy of the Watchtower Bookshelf CD (WT BS CD) from QUOTES (http://quotes.watchtower.ca/).
The Watchtower Bookshelf CD contains over 6,000 pages from books the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society ? every book from 1942 to 1959. These works are not on the Watchtower Society?s official "Watchtower Library" CD.
No more will you have to search for hard-to-find titles and pay a small fortune for them, only to find that some 4 year old colored the pages with his crayons!
Just $19.75 + $5.25 Shipping!**
Fully searchable with color pictures
First, we carefully scanned each of these books. We then used state-of-the-art Optical Character Recognition so that the text could be extracted. Finally, we combined the high-quality scan and the OCR together into Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). The result: the most accurate electronic reproduction, with all of the color of the original books complete with pictures, and with a fully searchable text.
This is better than the official Watchtower Library. How? Firstly, the Watchtower Library CD-ROM does not contain any of these books from the 1940s and 1950s. Secondly, the Watchtower Library is text-only (i.e. no pictures). Thirdly, the search engine on the Watchtower Library is somewhat crippled, and seems to not find many interesting things. But the search abilities on our Watchtower Book Shelf CD-ROM is practically unstoppable: just open the book with Adobe Acrobat and enter your keyword into the search engine. If that word exists anywhere it will be found. At last, decent keyword searching for Watchtower literature!
What about copyright?
According to the U.S.P.T.O. the copyright for all these books expired and have not been renewed. Therefore, these works are now in the PUBLIC DOMAIN and the Watchtower Book Shelf CD-ROM does not violate copyright law.
Why start with 1942?
"Why not begin with the releases of 1940, and include the entire decade?" The reason that the decision was made to start with 1942 was primarily that 1942 was the beginning of the "Knorr/Franz" era of Watchtower leadership.
A secondary reason was to avoid duplication of effort: earlier Watchtower publications are available on the "Rutherford's Rainbow" CD and other CDs published commercially by Research Applications International, P.O. Box 710022, San Diego, CA 92171. Most of Charles Taze Russell's works are also available from the Bible Students.
This CD is in no way related to either Research Applications International or the Bible Students.
The purpose of the Watchtower Book Shelf CD-ROM
This distribution is being made for purposes of research, scholarship, teaching, news reporting, commentary or criticism.
*NOT* the Watchtower Library CD-ROM
Please note that this is not the official Watchtower Library CD-ROM which is covered by copyright and available only directly from the Watchtower Society.
Volume One: Books of the 1940's
THE NEW WORLD, 1942
THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE, 1943
THE KINGDOM IS AT HAND, 1944
THEOCRATIC AID TO KINGDOM PUBLISHERS, 1945
EQUIPPED FOR EVERY GOOD WORK, 1946
LET GOD BE TRUE, 1946
Volume Two: Books of the 1950's
THIS MEANS EVERLASTING LIFE, 1950
WHAT HAS RELIGION DONE FOR MANKIND?, 1951
LET GOD BE TRUE, 1952
MAKE SURE OF ALL THINGS, 1953
NEW HEAVENS AND A NEW EARTH, 1953
YOU MAY SURVIVE ARMAGEDDON INTO GOD'S NEW WORLD, 1955
QUALIFIED TO BE MINISTERS, 1955
MAKE SURE OF ALL THINGS, REVISED, 1957
YOUR WILL BE DONE ON EARTH, 1958
FROM PARADISE LOST TO PARADISE REGAINED, 1958
JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES & THE DIVINE PURPOSE, 1959
SEVENTEEN BOOKS on ONE CD for $19.75 + $5.25 Shipping!**
That is less than you'd pay for just one original hardcopy of some of these rare out of print titles.