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This entry is about the Project Gutenberg website.

The Project Gutenberg Mission Statement is quite simply put:

 "TO ENCOURAGE THE CREATION AND DISTRIBUTION OF eBOOKS."

The name of the project refers to the Gutenberg Bible which was the first book produced by a printing press. The printing press revolutionized the availability of information to the everyday person by allowing mass production of books at relatively low cost for the first time in human history.

Before the invention of Gutenberg's press, production of all books was done manually and was a highly labor intensive process, and thus books and the information in them were only available to the very wealthy or religious.

The Project Gutenberg uses the computers, scanning technology, volunteers and the internet to take the next great leap in making a wide body of information available to the world at large at essentially no cost.

Look to the site for details, but essentially, working with out of copyright texts, or texts in which the authors and publishers have given up the copyrights for the sake of the project, or were deliberately left in the public domain, or were created for distribution by the project, Project Gutenberg has made available thousands of classic works.

I am going to list some of the most recent popular books and authors that have been downloaded to give you the flavor of what is available. Nearly all text is in plain vanilla ASCII format which means it can be read by any word processing program that you have. It also means that in nearly every case that there are no illustrations or formatting such as bold or italics.

The Project is also testing an online reader, but for speed, you are far better off, downloading the book files and reading them yourself. This list only gives you an inkling of what is on the list. Many of your childhood favorites may be there, so be sure to check for them.

Of course, since the project want to make ALL books available, there may be books not to your taste on this list or somewhere on the website. However, the comprehesive nature of the project is such that it is more than likely that nearly everyone will find something to your taste. I would be interested in finding out if you do not find something interesting to read with the exception of those that are only interested in recent work.

Here's the most recent Project Gutenberg Top 100 Downloads listing (the links are live, if you click on them it will take you to the book or author on the Project Gutenberg Website, so right-click if you want to open it in a new window):

Project Gutenberg Top 100 Downloads List with No Editing
Last updated on 2005-03-18.

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