Monday, May 4, 2009

Operative Factors: Project Gutenberg


Project Gutenberg is a great source for free ebooks online. It is powered by volunteers, much like LibriVox is for audiobooks. Downloading the ebooks is free, but they suggest a donation if you can swing it. They say that even a penny per ebook would make a great difference to them.

The Project has over 28,000 books in their online catalog, and over 100,000 titles available through their partners and affiliates. Available formats include: plain text, HTML, and Plucker as well as experimental formats: MOBI and EPUB, with and without pictures. Plucker is available for integration with Palm OS Technology.

Also available are Top 100 Lists in the following categories (determined by number of downloads: Top 100 EBooks yesterday — Top 100 Authors yesterday — Top 100 EBooks last 7 days — Top 100 Authors last 7 days — Top 100 EBooks last 30 days — Top 100 Authors last 30 days.

If you need something to take with you and you don't have any space, try out an ebook from Project Gutenberg. Some of my favorite classics are available:

Hamlet
Dracula
Count of Monte Cristo
The Raven
Rime Of The Ancient Mariner
Antigone
The Odyssey

What I Heart Monster Wants To Know:
  • Had you heard of Project Gutenberg before today?
  • If yes, had you used it?
  • If yes, what was your experience?
  • If no, do you think you will?
  • Why would you download an ebook?
  • If you download, do you donate? 

3 comments:

Kate said...

I've heard of Project Gutenberg before but I've never used them because I wasn't in to old books at the time.

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Alyce said...

I have heard of Project Gutenberg before. I don't recall if it's something I discovered online, or if my librarian husband told me about it. I have looked to see what is available, but I don't like reading books on my computer. I remember once I used it to look up a quote in a book that I didn't have with me at the time. I still have it bookmarked on my computer in case I ever decide I need to use it.

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Laina said...

I can't read e-books, it kills my eyes, but I have a few sites like this bookmarked. Free audiobooks, too. Thank you Stumbleupon :P