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In-depth Series on 40 Years of the eBook

A couple of days ago Marie Lebert released her 40 Years of Project Gutenberg mini guide. Hundreds of people have already downloaded the guide and for those who are seeking a more in-depth review on the history of the ebook, then you’re in luck as Marie will be sharing more articles over the coming weeks.

This series of articles marks the very end of a 12-year (1999-2011) research project, which has involved over 100 people world-wide. They all shared their experiences about the way the internet and digital technology has changed the book field across borders and languages. There’s also many references to little-known projects along the way. These are going to be a real treat for all e-bookworms.

Marie Lebert has previously published her articles in French (her native language) in the literary magazine Actualitté, between 16 May and 4 July 2011, but this is going to be the first time they are released in their entirety in English.

The first article will be published tomorrow (7 July 2011) as part of Marie’s celebration on the 40th anniversary of Project Gutenberg.

UPDATE: We now have an eBooks: 1971-2011 TOC post from which you can navigate the whole series.


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

40 Years of Project Gutenberg: A Mini Guide

As today marks the 40th anniversary of Project Gutenberg we have a special ebook gift for all our volunteers and visitors. Marie Lebert and friends have put together a mini picture guide on the history of Project Gutenberg; from the founding of the project by Michael Hart, to the first native French ebook, the inauguration of the Distributed Proof-readers, to the posting of ebook #30,000.

This is a PDF ebook and contains 15 pages of images, each accompanied with a short text covering the main milestones throughout PG’s 40 year history.

You can download the PDF by clicking on the following link;

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This is a great bite-size read, but if you’re hankering for more in-depth details, we’ve got you covered. More details to follow.

4th Anniversary of Project Gutenberg Canada

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 copyright durations; Canada has defended its citizens’ ownership of the public domain by leaving copyright durations largely untouched. The range of our titles reflects this.

But PG Canada has grown far beyond its modest beginnings. Our catalogue now includes more than 800 titles, from Canada and other countries, in French and English, but also in other languages. Many of our titles are from the twentieth century; but some of our Canadian historical titles date back to the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

The first four years have far exceeded our most optimistic projections. And our future is bright.

Mark Akrigg
Project Gutenberg Canada

Please note that the 800th eBook presented by Project Gutenberg of Canada is a GREAT history of building the transcontinental railroad!  Well worth a look, even if only to scan the high points.  A major accomplishment!