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Michael Hart: Birthday Remembrance

[In commemoration of Michael's birthday, Jim Berger has written some reflections--Ed] Michael Hart’s birthday comes around in just a few days. What do you remember? Did you ever hear about the two buildings Michael disappeared in South Korea? Or how about sitting out one of the riots during the 1968 Democratic Convention, with his girlfriend, […]

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Project Gutenberg 40,000th eBook Milestone!

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With little fanfare, Project Gutenberg reached #40000 in its eBook series; Extinct Birds: an attempt to unite in one volume a short account of those birds which have become extinct in historical times: that is, within the last six or seven hundred years: to which are added a few which still exist, but are on […]

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October 2011: Loss of our Founder

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As many people are aware, Project Gutenberg’s founder passed away on September 6.  Information about the life and legacy of Michael Hart is online here: www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Michael_S._Hart Thanks to the many fans, friends, and eBook enthusiasts who shared in our sadness of this sudden loss.  Michael will be remembered fondly, and there is no doubt that […]

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Michael Hart 1947-2011

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Two days ago, on the 6th September 2011, Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg, was found dead in his home in Urbana, Illinois, aged just 64. Michael invented the eBook (electronic book) in 1971 when he typed the U.S. Declaration of Independence into the Xerox Sigma V mainframe at the University of Illinois in celebration […]

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Project Gutenberg 40th Year Special Projects

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We have several special projects we will be starting on or around July 4, and if you have a project you like to work on, why not send us a note and see if we can get a team of volunteers to help. Our newest project is to solicit suggestions where this project should be […]

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Considering the 40th Anniversary of eBooks

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How do I love ebooks, let me count the ways: 40 years ago there was only one eBook on the Internet that you could download, and the operators were resistant to an additional eBook being added more than once a year, and it had to be a short one, given the space and bandwidth. From […]

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Project Gutenberg: Perfect eBooks Challenge

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In an unprecedented move, Michael Hart, the inventor of eBooks, has announced he will buy lunch for anyone who can find errors, to the tune of one per chapter [10K of text] in the flagship of eBooks, The Alice in Wonderland Stories. This includes the two books that are often portrayed together: Alice’s Adventures in […]

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4th Anniversary of Project Gutenberg Canada

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Today marks the fourth anniversary of the launch of Project Gutenberg Canada on July 1st 2007. We launched PG Canada to give Canadians full access to online versions of works in our public domain that are under copyright in other countries, notably the United States and the European Union. These countries have foolishly extended their […]

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Project Gutenberg’s Official Facebook Page

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In exploring new ways of connecting people to Project Gutenberg’s vast collection of free ebooks we’ve created our very own Facebook page. Here you’ll find all kinds of information and status updates. It should be noted that this is very much experimental – it may work, then again it may not. The more everyone gets […]

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30,000 English eBooks from Project Gutenberg

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Today, just six weeks after Project Gutenberg posted its 40,000th internally created book, the 30,000th English ebook has now been placed online: The Religions of Ancient Egypt and Babylonia, by Archibald Henry Sayce. Thanks go out to Delphine Lettau, David King and the Online Distributed Proofreaders Team; who by the way, recently created their 20,000th […]

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