Project Gutenberg Ends One Year And Starts Another

Noon, January 6, 2010, is the end of our calendar production year number 39 and the beginning of our 40th year, though our 40 years of calendar time won’t be complete until July 5, 2011.

Milestones Of The Year

In 2009 we saw our 35,000th internally produced eBook go out, and our 25,000 in English, our 1,500th in French, 600th in German and 500th in Finnish. We also saw Dutch and Chinese pass 400 eBooks. (We still need to find ways to do more in Spanish and Portuguese.)

These 35,000+ eBooks, which represent over 50 languages are all at www.gutenberg.org. There are also over 75,000 Donated eBooks representing over 100 languages are at www.gutenberg.cc. In total, counting the eBooks donated to us from other eLibraries, individuals and schools Gutenberg.cc now has well over 100,000 titles, though it is probably closer to an even 100,000, given various duplications, etc.

Production Year Statistics

The numbers presented below will approximate what are recorded as of noon on January 6, and the production year will be recorded as running last year from Wednesday, January 7, 2009 through January 6, 2010, and the coming year will end on January 5, 2011.

Thus we had 52 Wednesdays this past year for 364 days; every once in a while we get 53 production weeks on this calendar, which has to be one reason for eventually changing it.

A Grand total of 30761 from the automated in house counter;

  • 25866 English
  • 1531 French
  • 625 German
  • 517 Finnish
  • 455 Dutch
  • 405 Chinese
  • 384 Portuguese
  • 270 Spanish
  • 225 Italian
  • etc.
30,761 PG General Automated Count
 1,830 Project Gutenberg of Australia
   675 Project Gutenberg of Europe
   468 Project Gutenberg of Canada [Estimated]
 2,008 PrePrints [Subtracted 307 Chinese eBooks]
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35,742 Grand Total [Counting subtractions]
  • 9.825 eBooks Per Day
  • 68.773 eBooks Per Week
  • 297.850 eBooks Per Month

A small selection of project milestones

The total original Project Gutenberg eBooks equals about the number of books in the average U.S. public library.

  • 32,500 on 2008-21-21 [Counting the 307 Chinese Preprints and presuming 3 after official count]
  • 32,000 ~~ Rechecking Date
  • 31,500 on 2008-10-21 [not an error, 1,777 PrePrints]
  • 30,000 on 2008-10-21
  • 29,500 on 2008-09-19
  • 29,000 ~~ Rechecking Date
  • 28,500 ~~ Rechecking Date
  • 28,000 ~~ 2008-05-16
  • 27,500 on 2008-04-05
  • 27,000 ~~ 2008-02-29
  • 26,500 on 2008-01-26
  • 26,000 on 2007-12-24
  • 25,000 on 2007-10-12
  • 24,000 on 2007-07-10
  • 23,000 on 2007-04-15

PG-AU

  • 1,700 on 2008-10-10
  • 1,600 on 2008-02-08
  • 1,500 on 2007-04-07

PG Canada

  • 175 on 2008-09-30
  • 100 on 2008-03-25
  • 110 on 2008-04-17
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