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Considering the 40th Anniversary of eBooks

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 1971 to 1976 it was an uphill struggle for permission to put The U.S. Constitution online as an eBook because it was so much larger than all the previous eBooks, but it is still standing as one of the great early Net achievements, not only because it was larger than previous ones but also because the person who made it available was anonymous and remained so in spite of all of my efforts to locate and to send my thanks.

40 years ago…one title available at Project Gutenberg.

Today…one hundred thousand titles available at PG, and 2.1 million available at The World Public Library, and 2.9 million at The Internet Archive, 1.6 million at Wattpad. That’s 6.7 million just off the top of my head and without adding in all of the Google eBooks, which is hard to do as Google doesn’t have an index for counting eBooks.

40 years ago just one language. Continue reading Considering the 40th Anniversary of eBooks

An Interview with Michael Hart

I recently had the privilege of interviewing Michael Hart, former editor and founder of Project Gutenberg. In our interview, Michael discusses the future of PG, and looks back on how it has evolved through changing times.

So why are you passing the editor torch?

This isn’t the first time. It’s mostly to get PG used to not depending on me so much. I have tried as hard as I dare, not to be a central figure by voicing my own opinions other than to balance others. I don’t really mind doing the Newsletter, but I like to see more other points of view, styles, perspectives, interest, etc.

Project Gutenberg has had a long and tumultuous road. How do you feel the face of PG has changed or evolved through the years?

Believe it or not, I never thought of it as tumultuous. Yes, there were a few years of hard times, but that’s my life’s story, but since I never let us get addicted to money it never made a difference when there wasn’t any. Continue reading An Interview with Michael Hart

Le Projet Gutenberg (1971-2008)

Editors Note: Marie’s essay is available in English

[Table]

  • Sommaire
  • Un pari depuis 1971
  • La méthode adoptée
  • La correction partagée
  • Des collections multilingues
  • Domaine public versus copyright
  • Du passé vers l’avenir
  • Chronologie
  • Statistiques
  • Liens

SOMMAIRE

  • Août 1997: 1.000 livres
  • Avril 2002: 5.000 livres
  • Octobre 2003: 10.000 livres
  • Janvier 2005: 15.000 livres
  • Décembre 2006: 20.000 livres
  • Avril 2008: 25.000 livres

En juillet 1971, Michael Hart crée le Projet Gutenberg pour diffuser gratuitement sous forme électronique les oeuvres littéraires du domaine public. Un projet longtemps considéré par ses détracteurs comme impossible à grande échelle. Site pionnier à tous égards, le Projet Gutenberg est à la fois le premier site d’information sur un réseau encore embryonnaire et la première bibliothèque numérique. Les livres sont numérisés en mode texte (TXT) en utilisant le code ASCII (American standard code for information interchange). Lorsque l’utilisation du web se généralise, au milieu des années 1990, le projet trouve un second souffle et un rayonnement international. Les collections atteignent 1.000 livres en août 1997, 2.000 livres en mai 1999, 3.000 livres en décembre 2000, 4.000 livres en octobre 2001, 5.000 livres en avril 2002, 10.000 livres en octobre 2003, 15.000 livres en janvier 2005, 20.000 livres en décembre 2006 et 25.000 livres en avril 2008, dans 55 langues, avec 340 nouveaux livres par mois, 340 sites miroirs dans de nombreux pays, plusieurs dizaines de milliers de téléchargements par jour et des milliers de volontaires de par le monde. En octobre 2001, la principale source des livres devient Distributed Proofreaders, mis sur pied par Charles Franks pour gérer la correction partagée entre volontaires. D’abord essentiellement anglophones, le Projet Gutenberg s’internationalise et les collections deviennent multilingues. Le Projet Gutenberg Europe est lancé en janvier 2004 par le Projet Rastko, basé à Belgrade, en Serbie. Suivent le Project Gutenberg Canada et bien d’autres.

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Las tecnologías y el libro para todos

Traducido por Anna Alvarez y Marie Lebert

ÍNDICE

Introducción
Cronología
1968: ASCII
1971: Proyecto Gutenberg
1974: Internet
1990: Web
1991: Unicode
1993: Online Books Page
1993: PDF
1994: Consorcio W3C
1995: Amazon.com
1996: Internet Archive
1996: Palm Pilot
1997: Open eBook
1999: Bibliotecarios digitales
1999: Web multilingüe
2000: Mobipocket
2000: Public Library of Science
2000: Distributed Proofreaders
2000: Biblia de Gutenberg
2001: Wikipedia
2003: MIT OpenCourseWare
2004: Proyecto Gutenberg Europa
2005: Google Print / Book Search
2005: Open Content Alliance
2006: Microsoft Live Search Books
2006: WorldCat
2007: Citizendium
2007: Encyclopedia of Life

INTRODUCCIÓN

Somos muchos los que soñamos con una biblioteca digital universal de libre acceso – es decir accesible desde cualquier navegadora y en cualquier momento. Gracias al Proyecto Gutenberg, al Internet Archive y a otros proyectos, el sueño empieza a hacerse realidad, al menos para los libros del dominio público.

Este proceso empezó hace tiempo gracias a los esfuerzos de algunos precursores. El “libro para todos” nació con el Proyecto Gutenberg, creado por Michael Hart en julio de 1971. El objetivo era utilizar las “nuevas tecnologías” para difundir gratuitamente bajo forma electrónica las obras literarias que pertenecían al dominio público.

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Project Gutenberg (1971-2008)

Marie Lebert has completely rewritten and brought up-to-date her excellent article on the history of Project Gutenberg – Ed

Contents

OVERVIEW

  • August 1997: 1,000 books
  • April 2002: 5,000 books
  • October 2003: 10,000 books
  • January 2005: 15,000 books
  • December 2006: 20,000 books
  • April 2008: 25,000 books

In July 1971, Michael Hart created Project Gutenberg with the goal of making available for free, and electronically, literary works belonging to public domain. A pioneer site in a number of ways, Project Gutenberg was the first information provider on the internet and is the oldest digital library. When the internet became popular, in the mid-1990s, the project got a boost and an international dimension. The number of electronic books rose from 1,000 (in August 1997) to 5,000 (in April 2002), 10,000 (in October 2003), 15,000 (in January 2005), 20,000 (in December 2006) and 25,000 (in April 2008), with a current production rate of around 340 new books each month. With 55 languages and 40 mirror sites around the world, books are being downloaded by the tens of thousands every day. Continue reading Project Gutenberg (1971-2008)

Towards A Universal Digital Library: A Few Milestones

Many of us dream of a universal digital library freely available on the web, i.e. available anywhere and at any time. Thanks to Project Gutenberg, the Internet Archive and others, we are getting there, at least for the books from public domain. The process began a while ago with a few pioneers – It is running at full speed now. We still need to see copyright issues worked out in order to provide free access to as many works as possible. We still need large scale knowledge-building projects to get reliable reference, scholarly and educational content. We still need better quality OCR technology and in the future, go back to the original image files to provide a higher quality book. We still need more efforts, there are currently 25 million books belonging to the public domain and as of mid-2007, just over 2 million freely available on the internet.

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El Proyecto Gutenberg, de 1971 hasta hoy

Traducido por Anna Alvarez

Las líneas que siguen están dedicadas a todos los voluntarios del Proyecto Gutenberg en los cinco continentes. Gracias a ellos, más de 20.000 clásicos de la literatura mundial ya están disponibles en la red, en una versión gratuita y de gran calidad, con una previsión de una biblioteca de un millón de libros.


En 1971, Michael Hart creó el Proyecto Gutenberg con el objetivo de difundir gratuitamente bajo forma electrónica las obras literarias que pertenecían al dominio público. Hasta hoy, nadie consiguió obrar con más éxito para poner los clásicos de la literatura mundial a disposición de todos. Ni tampoco crear con tan pocos gastos una red tan inmensa de voluntarios en el mundo entero, sin derroche de competencias y de energía.

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A History of Project Gutenberg from 1971-2005

This article is dedicated to all Project Gutenberg and Distributed Proofreaders volunteers on the five continents, who offer us a free library of 16,000 high-quality eBooks, mainly classics of world literature, with a goal of one million eBooks in ten years. This article is also available in French.
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Le Projet Gutenberg, de 1971 à 2005

par Marie Lebert, 15 août 2005

Ce dossier du Net des études françaises (NEF) est aussi une communication du troisième symposium international sur les études françaises valorisées par les technologies: langages et dialogues interculturels (octobre 2005, Université York, Toronto, Canada). Les lignes qui suivent sont dédiées à tous les volontaires du Projet Gutenberg et de Distributed Proofreaders sur les cinq continents. Grâce à eux, plus de 16.000 classiques de la littérature mondiale sont déjà en ligne, dans une version gratuite et de grande qualité, avec une prévision d’un million d’ici dix ans. Ce même dossier est disponible en anglais.
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The People Behind Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg LogoThere’s no doubt PG would not be where it is today without Michael Hart and the tens of thousands of volunteers from around the world. As you can imagine, it’s impossible to name every person. What Wiki Team member Ricardo F. Diogo has done is put together a page on the Gutenberg Wiki naming the people heading up the core parts of gutenberg.org.

If you don’t already know who is;

  • Founder and Executive Coordinator
  • CEO of the PGLAF
  • Production Directors (Aus, NZ, UK, US)
  • Webmaster
  • Newsletter Editor
  • Posting Team
  • Cataloguing Team
  • Wiki Team

Then go take a look at The People Behind Project Gutenberg Wiki page.

[UPDATE] This Wiki page is not yet complete so if there are any additions you think should be on there, then please email Ricardo (his email is on the Wiki page)