A Plaintive Cry from the E-Text Wilderness

By libertyc
October 25, 2012 // 3 Comments

By Rob Suggs So many public domain e-texts, so little time—and guidance. That there’s the rub. Ever had this happen? You spot an intriguing title in the Gutenberg feed, or on some other free text site. New e-reader food? Maybe. What’s the book about? Like all public domain texts, it [...]

Chinese invented movable type 600 years before Gutenberg

By Paul Biba
May 17, 2012 // 3 Comments

This was too interesting to pass up.  From an article in io9: After centuries of woodblock printing, a humble man named Bi Sheng invented movable type in the 1000s. Movable type is a system where each character (or letter, if you’re in a Western context) is carved or cast into a separate [...]

The very first e-book is not what you think it was

By libertyc
October 23, 2011 // 1 Comment

On Snarkmarket, Tim Carmody takes a look at the interesting case of why Project Gutenberg has two copies of Milton’s Paradise Lost that were produced within a few months of each other. Project Gutenberg EBook #20, October 1991, was hand-typed by volunteer Judy Boss (who subsequently got a [...]

Catch up on the history of Project Gutenberg in 10 minutes

By Chris Walters
July 6, 2011 // 0 Comments

To commemorate its 40th anniversary this week, Marie Lebert wrote a short 15 page history of Project Gutenberg, from its first document on 4 July 1971 (“The United States Declaration of Independence”), to the founding of Distributed Proofreaders in 2000, to the posting of its 30,000th [...]

My Dad wants a Kobo

By libertyc
March 28, 2011 // 6 Comments

This weekend I went down to my parents’ house, spending half of Saturday and most of Sunday visiting with my parents, brother and sister-in-law, and two-month-old niece, and blogging from home. (That’s me at left, blogging from my parents’ kitchen table with my Kobo and iPad visible in the [...]

Does anybody know: how to read a Gutenberg mobi book on your iPad with Kindle software

By libertyc
October 30, 2010 // 9 Comments

Received the following question. I certainly don’t know the answer. To paraphrase the email: One can read a Gutenberg mobi ebook on the Kindle by simply emailing it to the Kindle’s address and having it sent to the machine. However, you can’t use this method to email a Gutenberg [...]

Gutenberg ebooks direct to the Kindle – the Magic Catalog

By libertyc
September 20, 2010 // 2 Comments

In addition to the convenient Magic Catalog for Project Gutenberg, which is available for use on the Kindle for searches, browsing, and direct downloading of its free books to the Kindle (see below), Project Gutenberg recently made a MOBILE-device-oriented version of its website, which will of [...]

Quick Note: Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Notebooks” available on Gutenberg

By libertyc
September 10, 2010 // 0 Comments

I wasn’t aware that the translation of these Notebooks was available as a Project Gutenberg ebook. However, eBookNewser ferreted this out. The book is a translation done by Jean Paul Richter and it’s imprint date is 1888. You can find the book [...]

After you’ve printed a book, what do you do with it? Gutenberg’s problem

By libertyc
September 1, 2010 // 1 Comment’s Tom Sococca has an absolutely fascinating interview with Andrew Pettegree, author of The Book in the Renaissance. The parallels between printers’ problems at the time and the publishing industry today are legion. Inventing the printing press was not the same thing as [...]

Project Gutenberg turns its attention to cell phone reading

By libertyc
July 25, 2010 // 1 Comment

A MobileRead forumgoer reports that the latest Project Gutenberg newsletter contains an announcement of a new Project Gutenberg mobile website, The site is to be optimized not just for iPhones, but for any mobile phone including browsing-enabled dumbphones. Writes Gutenberg: There [...]

The Internet, and its evolving user experience

By libertyc
June 20, 2010 // 0 Comments

The Internet makes you smart. The Internet makes you stupid. The Internet is killing the content industry. The Internet is enabling the content industry. The noise about the good and bad things the Internet is doing is so pervasive, who knows what to believe anymore? John Naughton at The Guardian [...]

iPad/iPhone e-book app review: Stanza

By libertyc
April 26, 2010 // 0 Comments

I’ve already looked at the other two of the original “big three” iPhone e-book apps. The third of these apps is Stanza, the EPUB reader from Lexcycle. Stanza has a lot in common with eReader. They’re both great apps for the iPhone, their reading models are similar, and Stanza even shares [...]

Will Apple purge e-book ‘appbooks’ from the app store?

By libertyc
March 9, 2010 // 0 Comments

Jason Kincaid on TechCrunch wonders whether e-books might not be the next type of app to be purged from the App Store. (As we’ve been wondering here for quite some time.) Though Kincaid makes it clear he does not think e-book readers such as Stanza or Kindle will go, since they provide a great [...]

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