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Some Ways To Use Project Gutenberg You May Not Have Discovered

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Now, from the site Ebook Friendly:

“World’s first ebook ever, created by the founder of Project Gutenberg Michael S. Hart, was officially added to the catalog in December 1971 – and, obviously, is still available for download.”

In the article, 8 tips and tricks to get the most of Project Gutenberg, Piotr Kowalczyk says that there will be more tips for using Gutenburg in the future (might want to bookmark that article) then gives you these ideas (you’ll need to go to the article to read the how-tos):


1. Preview books online – with images

2. Send ebooks in one click to Dropbox and Google Drive

3. Get complete works of popular authors

4. Get new entries via RSS feed

5. Get new entries via email once a day

6. Search for vintage images

7. Access Project Gutenberg from your mobile phone

8. Browse Project Gutenberg from Google web search

Here’s the first paragraph of the Wikipedia article on Mr. Gutenberg:

“Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg (c. 1395 – February 3, 1468) was a German blacksmith, goldsmith, printer, and publisher who introduced printing to Europe. His invention of mechanical movable type printing started the Printing Revolution and is widely regarded as the most important event of the modern period. It played a key role in the development of the Renaissance, Reformation, the Age of Enlightenment, and the Scientific Revolution and laid the material basis for the modern knowledge-based economy and the spread of learning to the masses.”

Michael S. Hart, the founder of Project Gutenberg, passed away in 2011. Here’s a eulogy to him from the Project Gutenburg site:

“As spoken by Newby at Michael’s funeral, September 12 2011 (this sequence of words is granted to the public domain): ‘Rather than speak in whole sentences, which can be difficult at times like these, I will speak a series of words that characterize Michael. These words might help you to form your own memories of him. Friend. Visionary. Leader. Intellectual. Anti-Elitist. Digital Literati. Rebel. Frisbee Player. Hippie. Musician. Technician. Enthusiast. lover of Much and Many. Full of Passion. Scout. Veteran. Patriot. Pacifist. Humanist. Egalitarian. Educator. Man of the People. Builder. Maker. Speaker. Listener. Systems Analyst. Friend.'”
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