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PG Monthly Newsletter (2013-05-01)

This is the Project Gutenberg Newsletter for May 2013

CONTENTS
* #25,000 from Distributed Proofreaders
* Copyright Threat in Canada
* New eBook releases from the past month


* #25,000 from Distributed Proofreaders

Art and Practice of Silver Printing, by H. P. Robinson and Capt. Abney
www.gutenberg.org/etext/42547

Thanks to The Online Distributed Proofreading Team at
http://www.pgdp.net (This file was produced from images generously
made available by The Internet Archive/American Libraries.)

This is DP-US's 25,000th unique submission to Project Gutenberg.


* Copyright Threat in Canada

Via Mark Akrigg, of www.gutenberg.ca:

The long debate over the Copyright Act revisions in Canada is over, and the 
changes are now in force.  Some of the changes are good, others are not.  
But from my perspective the main thing is that Life+50 has been preserved.  
And it has become very clear that the Canadian public is extremely aware of 
copyright issues, and that, in the absence of outside factors, Life+50 will 
endure.

But there *are* outside factors.  Talks are underway for the Trans Pacific 
Partnership, a "trade agreement" involving a dozen or so countries, including 
Canada, Mexico, and the U.S.  It includes an unsavoury set of proposals, 
including copyright extensions to Life+70.

If these extensions went through, 20 years of the pubic domain would disappear 
in Canada and New Zealand, and it would become that much harder for Congress 
to roll back the unfortunate 1998 copyright extensions, because of 
"international obligations".

It is difficult to exaggerate the danger posed by these secret negotiations.
Senator Wyden of Oregon has stated that "the majority of Congress is being 
kept in the dark as to the substance of the TPP negotiations, while 
representatives of U.S. corporations ??? like Halliburton, Chevron, PHRMA, 
Comcast, and the Motion Picture Association of America ??? are being 
consulted and made privy to details of the agreement":

http://www.wyden.senate.gov/news/blog/post/iycmi-wyden-statement-introducing-congressional-oversight-over-trade-negotiations-act

There is awareness in Canada of the risks posed by the TPP.  I personally 
became very active very early, and did everything I could to alert the 
Canadian public to what was going on.  I was surprised and gratified by the 
strong positive reaction that I received.

In New Zealand, there is widespread opposition to the TPP's attack on the 
public domain:

http://fairdeal.net.nz/


http://blog.greens.org.nz/2012/01/24/trans-pacific-partnership-to-impact-kiwi-books/

(The author of this blog item is a Member of Parliament in New Zealand)

But the attack on the public domain originated in the United States, and 
strong public opposition within the U.S. would be the most effective way of 
stopping this attack.

The American Library Association and the Electronic Frontier Foundation have 
already spoken publicly about the TPP, but my sense is that the American 
public is not aware of what is going on.

I'd be very happy to learn that PG US and its friends are actively working to 
stop the TPP.


Mark Akrigg
Project Gutenberg Canada

P.S. As part of my activity, in August 2012 I made a formal submission to the 
U.S. government explaining why the TPP is harmful to the citizens of the 
United States as well as of other countries:

www.gutenberg.ca/documents/tpp-bad-deal-mark-akrigg-120827.html

It was not a time to mince words, and my language was direct.  I explained 
why the Trans Pacific Partnership is particularly harmful to Americans, and 
how it attacks the American Constitution and the principles of American 
democracy.  I also gave the background to the American copyright extensions 
of recent years.


* New eBook releases from the past month

~ ~ ~ ~ Posting Dates for the below eBooks:  1 Apr 2013 to 30 Apr 2013 ~ ~ ~ ~

The Book of Christmas, by Thomas K. Hervey                               42622
 [Subtitle: descriptive of the Customs, Ceremonies,
  Traditions, Superstitions, Fun, Feeling, and
  Festivities of the Christmas Season]
  [Illustrator: R. Seymour]

Poems, by Robert Lovell and Robert Southey                               42621
 [Subtitle: containing The Restropect, Odes, Elegies, Sonnets, &c.]

Prefaces to Four Seventeenth-Century Romances, by Roger Boyle,           42620
 Sir George Mackenzie and Nathaniel Ingelo

Buckskin Mose, by Buckskin Mose                                          42619
 [Subtitle: or, Life From the Lakes to the Pacific, as Actor,
  Circus-Rider, Detective, Ranger, Gold-Digger, Indian Scout,
  and Guide]

The Lady of Lynn, by Walter Besant                                       42618

Die Liebesbriefe der Marquise, by Lily Braun                             42617
 [Language: German]

The Medicine-Men of the Apache (1892 N 09 / 1887-1888                    42616
 (pages 443-604)), by John G. Bourke

Blanche et Bleue ou les deux couleuvres-fées, roman chinois,             42615
 by Anonymous
 [Language: French]

English Monastic Life, by Abbot Gasquet                                  42614

On-Line Data-Acquisition Systems in Nuclear Physics, 1969,               42613
 by H. W. Fulbright, et al., and The National Research Council

The Mother's Nursery Songs, by Thomas Hastings                           42612

In to the Yukon, by William Seymour Edwards                              42611

Come l'onda..., by Luigi Capuana                                         42610
 [Subtitle: Novelle]
 [Language: Italian]

Pikku mies, by A. Daudet                                                 42609
 [Language: Finnish]

Nuove "Paesane", by Luigi Capuana                                        42608
 [Language: Italian]

The Shepheard's Calender, by Edmund Spenser                              42607
 [Subtitle: Twelve Aeglogues Proportional to the Twelve Monethes]
 [Illustrator: Walter Crane]

Mimicry in Butterflies, by Reginald Crundall Punnett                     42606

A Sermon Preached in Christ Church, Hartford,                            42605
 January 29th, 1865, by John Williams
 [Subtitle: In Commemoration of the Rt. Rev.
  Thomas Church Brownell, D. D., LL. D.,
  Third Bishop of Connecticut, and Presiding
  Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in
  the United States by his Assistant and Successor]

Stories of the Ships, by Lewis R. Freeman                                42604

San Francisco and the Nicaragua Canal, by William Lawrence Merry         42603

The Steam Engine Explained and Illustrated (Seventh Edition),            42602
 by Dionysius Lardner
 [Subtitle: With an Account of its Invention and Progressive
  Improvement, and its Application to Navigation and Railways;
  Including also a Memoir of Watt]

The Expositor's Bible: The Prophecies of Jeremiah, by C J Ball           42601
  [Subtitle: With a Sketch of His Life and Times]

Under St Paul's, by Richard Dowling                                      42600
 [Subtitle: A Romance]

The Duke's Sweetheart, by Richard Dowling                                42599
 [Subtitle: A Romance]

Plutarch's Parallel lives - Volume 2, by Plutarch                        42598
 [Subtitle: Solon -- Poplicola -- Themistocles – Camillus
  -- Pericles -- Fabius Maximus]
 [Language: Greek]

The Last Call (Vol. 3 of 3), by Richard Dowling                          42597
 [Subtitle: A Romance]

The Last Call (Vol. 2 of 3), by Richard Dowling                          42596
 [Subtitle: A Romance]

The Last Call (Vol. 1 of 3), by Richard Dowling                          42595
 [Subtitle: A Romance]

Les réprouvés et les élus (t.2), by Émile Souvestre                      42594
 [Language: French]

A History of American Literature Since 1870, by Fred Lewis Pattee        42593

Le Fils de Coralie, by Albert Delpit                                     42592
 [Subtitle: Comédie en quatre actes en prose]
 [Language: French]

In the Open, by Stanton Davis Kirkham                                    42591

Dans l'extrême Far West, by Richard Byron Johnson                        42590
 [Subtitle: Aventures d'un émigrant dans la Colombie anglaise]
 [Illustrator: A. Marie]
 [Language: French]

Homestead, by Arthur G. Burgoyne                                         42589
 [Subtitle: A Complete History of the Struggle of July, 1892,
  between the Carnegie-Steel Company, Limited, and the
  Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers]

La Signorina, by Gerolamo Rovetta                                        42588
 [Subtitle: Romanzo]
 [Language: Italian]

The Grey Friars in Oxford, by Andrew G. Little                           42587

Thémidore; ou mon histoire et celle de ma maîtresse,                     42586
 by Claude Godard d’Aucourt
 [Language: French]

The Ballads & Songs of Derbyshire,                                       42585
 by Llewellynn Frederick William Jewitt
 [Subtitle: With Illustrative Notes, and Examples
  of the Original Music, etc.]

Extinct Monsters, by H. N. Hutchinson                                    42584
 [Subtitle: A Popular Account of Some of the Larger Forms
  of Ancient Animal Life]
 [Illustrator: J. Smit]

A History of Banks for Savings in Great Britain and Ireland,             42583
 by William Lewins

A Little Girl in Old San Francisco, by Amanda Minnie Douglas             42582

The Deacon, by Horace C. Dale                                            42581
 [Subtitle: An Original Comedy Drama in Five Acts]

Expository Writing, by Mervin James Curl                                 42580

Scenic Mount Lowe and Its Wonderful Railway, by George Wharton James     42579

Private Letters of Edward Gibbon (1753-1794) Volume 1 (of 2),            42578
 by Edward Gibbon

Minerva oscura, by Giovanni Pascoli                                      42577
 [Subtitle: Prolegomeni: la costruzione morale del poema di Dante]
 [Language: Italian]

The Common Spiders of the United States, by James Henry Emerton          42576

Washer the Raccoon, by George Ethelbert Walsh                            42575
 [Illustrator: Edwin John Prittie]

Uncle Wiggily in Wonderland, by Howard R. Garis                          42574
 [Illustrator: Edward Bloomfield]

Ingres, by A. J. Finberg                                                 42573

The Adopted Daughter, by Elizabeth Sandham                               42572
 [Subtitle: A Tale for Young Persons]

Travels in South Kensington, by Moncure Daniel Conway                    42571
 [Subtitle: with Notes on Decorative Art and Architecture in England]

Johtavat aatteet ihmiskunnan historiassa, by Yrjö Sakari Yrö-Koskinen    42570
 [Language: Finnish]

The Radio Detectives Under the Sea, by A. Hyatt Verrill                  42569

The Cornish Fishermen's Watch Night and Other Stories, by Annonymous     42568

William Penn, by Rupert S. Holland                                       42567

The Spook Ballads, by William Theodore Parkes                            42566

Yllätys y. m. kertomuksia Alaskasta, by Jack London                      42565
 [Language: Finnish]

Art in Shell of the Ancient Americans, by William H. Holmes              42564
 [Subtitle: Second annual report of the Bureau of Ethnology
  to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1880-81,
  pages 179-306]

Yvonne, by Édouard Delpit                                                42563
 [Language: French ]

Mason of Bar X Ranch, by Henry Bennett                                   42562

Rodin à l'hotel de Biron et à Meudon, by Gustave Coquiot                 42561
 [Language: French]

Memoirs of the Dukes of Urbino, Volume I (of 3), by James Dennistoun     42560
 [Subtitle: Illustrating the Arms, Arts, and Literature of Italy,
  From 1440 To 1630]

The Story of Scotch, by Enos A. Mills                                    42559

The Art of Illustration, by Charles Haddon Spurgeon                      42558

Letters of Samuel Rutherford, by Samuel Rutherford                       42557
 [Subtitle: Third Edition]

Girls of the True Blue, by L. T. Meade                                   42556
 [Illustrator: Percy Tarrant]

By the Barrow River, by Edmund Leamy                                     42555
 [Subtitle: and Other Stories]

Monsieur de Talleyrand, by Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve                 42554
 [Language: French]

Excursions and Poems, by Henry David Thoreau                             42553
 [Subtitle: The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, Volume V (of 20)]

Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 17, Slice 7, by Various   42552
 [Subtitle: "Mars" to "Matteawan"]

The History of the Great and Mighty Kingdom of China, Volume II,         42551
 by Juan Gonzalez de Mendoza
 [Subtitle: and the Situation Thereof]
 [Translator: R. Parke]

Magic and Witchcraft, by Anonymous                                       42550

Indoor and Outdoor Recreations for Girls,Lina Beard and Adelia B. Beard  42549

The Camp Fire Girls on a Yacht, by Margaret Love Sanderson               42548
 [Illustrator: Maude Martin Evers]

Art and Practice of Silver Printing, by H. P. Robinson and Capt. Abney   42547

Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 107, August 11, 1894, by Various  42546

The Radio Detectives in the Jungle, by A. Hyatt Verrill                  42545

Soyer's Culinary Campaign, by Alexis Soyer                               42544
 [Subtitle: Being Historical Reminiscences of the Late War,
  with The Plain Art of Cookery for Military and Civil Institutions]

Sappho, by Sappho and Henry de Vere Stacpoole                            42543
 [Subtitle: A New Rendering]

Lost Diaries, by Maurice Baring                                          42542

Ricordi del 1870-71, by Edmondo De Amicis                                42541
 [Language: Italian]

The History of Peter the Great, Emperor of Russia, by Voltaire           42540
 [Translator: Tobias Smollett]

A July Holiday in Saxony, Bohemia, and Silesia, by Walter White          42539

The Round Towers of Ireland, by Henry O'Brien                            42538
 [Subtitle: or, The History of the Tuath-De-Danaans]

The Avifauna of Micronesia, Volume 3, by Rollin H. Baker                 42537
 [Subtitle: Its Origin, Evolution, and Distribution]

Yonder, by E. H. Young                                                   42536

The Tiger-Slayer, by Gustave Aimard                                      42535
 [Subtitle: A Tale of the Indian Desert]
 [Translator: Lascelles Wraxall]

The Narrow House, by Evelyn Scott                                        42534

Narcissus, by Evelyn Scott                                               42533

The Gold-Seekers, by Gustave Aimard and Lascelles Wraxall                42532
 [Subtitle: A Tale of California]

The Honey-Pot, by Countess Barcynska                                     42531

Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 108, June 15th, 1895, by Various    42530

Dariel, by R. D. Blackmore                                               42529
 [Subtitle: A Romance of Surrey]
 [Illustrator: Chris Hammond]

Tintoretto, by Samuel Levy Bensusan                                      42528

Trails Through Western Woods, by Helen Fitzgerald Sanders                42527

Abraham Lincoln, by William Eleroy Curtis                                42526

Anciennes loix des François, conservées dans les coutumes                42525
 angloises, recueillies par Littleton -- Vol I,
 by David Houard and Thomas Littleton
 [Language: French]

L'ingénieux chevalier Don Quichotte de la Manche, by Michel Cervantes    42524
 [Illustrator: G. Roux]
 [Language: French]

Box and Cox, by John Maddison Morton                                     42523
 [Subtitle: A Romance of Real Life in One Act]

Extracts from the Diary and Correspondence of the Late                   42522
 Amos Lawrence; with a brief account of some incidents
 Of his life, by Amos Lawrence

God and the King, by Marjorie Bowen                                      42521

A Marriage Under the Terror, by Patricia Wentworth                       42520

Blackthorn Farm, by Arthur Applin                                        42519

Talks To Farmers, by Charles Haddon Spurgeon                             42518

Historic Inventions, by Rupert S. Holland                                42517

Hymn to Athena, by Kostis Palamas                                        42516
 [Language: Greek]

The book of the ladies, by Pierre de Bourdeille Brantôme                 42515
 [Subtitle: Illustrious Dames: The Reign
  and Amours of the Bourbon Régime]

Lectures on Bible Revision, by Samuel Newth                              42514

Le vergini delle rocce, by Gabriele D'Annunzio                           42513
 [Language: Italian]

Death of a Youth, by Kostis Palamas                                      42512
 [Language: Greek]

The Greetings of the Sun-born, by Kostis Palamas                         42511
 [Language: Greek]

History of the conquest of Byzantium by the Franks and their             42510
 exercise of power there 1204-1261, by Epaminondas Stamatiadis
 [Language: Greek]

Bélisaire, by Jean François Marmontel                                    42509
 [Language: Greek]

Curious Creatures in Zoology, by John Ashton                             42508

A Tenderfoot Bride, by Clarice E. Richards                               42507
 [Subtitle: Tales from an Old Ranch]

Chronicles, Vol. 1 (of 6): The Description of Britaine,                  42506
 by Raphaell Holinshed, William Harrison and John Hooker

Fausto Bragia, by Luigi Capuana                                          42505
 [Subtitle: e altre novelle]
 [Language: Italian]

The Campers Out, by Edward S. Ellis                                      42504
 [Subtitle: The Right Path and the Wrong]

Paolo Pelliccioni, Volume II (of 2), by Francesco Domenico Guerrazzi     42503
 [Language: Italian ]

Paolo Pelliccioni, Volume I (of 2), by Francesco Domenico Guerrazzi      42502
 [Language: Italian ]

New York Sketches, by Jesse Lynch Williams                               42501

The Maine Woods, by Henry David Thoreau                                  42500
 [Subtitle: The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, Volume III (of 20)]

Miracle Gold, Vol. 3 (of 3), by Richard Dowling                          42499
 [Subtitle: A Novel]

Miracle Gold, Vol. 1 (of 3), by Richard Dowling                          42498
 [Subtitle: A Novel]

Les historiettes de Tallemant des Réaux, Tome quatrième, by Various      42497
 [Subtitle: Mémoires pour servir à l'histoire du XVIIe siècle]
 [Editors: Louis Monmerqué, Hippolyte de Chateaugiron
  and Jules-Antoine Taschereau]
 [Language: French]

Miracle Gold, Vol. 2 (of 3), by Richard Dowling                          42496
 [Subtitle: A Novel]

The Channel Islands, by Joseph Morris                                    42495

The Paston Letters, Volume VI (of 6), Part 2 (Index), by James Gairdner  42494
 [Subtitle: New Complete Library Edition]

Lady Eureka, v. 3 (of 3), by Robert Folkestone Williams                  42493
 [Subtitle: or, The Mystery: A Prophecy of the Future]

Lady Eureka, v. 2 (of 3), by Robert Folkestone Williams                  42492
 [Subtitle: or, The Mystery: A Prophecy of the Future]

Lady Eureka, v. 1 (of 3), by Robert Folkestone Williams                  42491
 [Subtitle: or, The Mystery: A Prophecy of the Future]

Outwitting the Hun, by Pat O'Brien                                       42490
 [Subtitle: My Escape from a German Prison Camp]

Die Luftschiffahrt der Gegenwart, by Hermann Hoernes                     42489
 [Language: German]

Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 108, June 1, 1895, by Various       42485
 [Editor: Sir Francis Burnand]

The Popham Colony, by William Frederick Poole                            42484
 Rev. Edward Ballard, D.D. and Frederick Kidder
 [Subtitle: a discussion of its historical claims,
  with a bibliography of the subject]

At Home with the Patagonians, by George Chaworth Musters                 42483
 [Subtitle: A Year's Wanderings over Untrodden Ground
  from the Straits of Magellan to the Rio Negro]

A Five Years' Residence in Buenos Ayres, by George Thomas Love           42482
 [Subtitle: During the years 1820 to 1825]

Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 108, January 26, 1895, by Various   42481
 [Editor: Sir Francis Burnand]

Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 108, January 19, 1895, by Various   42480
 [Editor: Sir Francis Burnand]

La Ronge Journal, 1823, by George Nelson                                 42479

Punch, or the London Charivari, January 12th, 1895, by Various           42478
 [Editor: Sir Francis Burnand]

Punch, or the London Charivari, January 5th, 1895, by Various            42477
 [Editor: Sir Francis Burnand]

Literary Celebrities of the English Lake-District, by Frederick Sessions 42476

History of Ancient America, Anterior to the Time of Columbus,            42475
 By George Jones
 [Subtitle: Proving the Identity of the Aborigines with the 
  Tyrians and Israelites; and the Introduction of Christianity
  Into the Western Hemisphere By The Apostle St. Thomas]

1000 Mythological Characters Briefly Described, by Edward S. Ellis       42474
 [Subtitle: Adapted to Private Schools, High Schools and Academies]

Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 17, Slice 8, by Various   42473
 [Subtitle: "Matter" to "Mecklenburg"]

Madame Sans-Gêne, Tome I, by Edmond Lepelletier                          42472
 [Subtitle: Roman tiré de la Pièce de 
  Mm. Victorien Sardou et Émile Moreau]
 [Language: French ]

A peleskei notaries, by József Gaal                                      42471
 [Subtitle: Bohózat három szakaszban négy felvonással]
 [Language: Hungarian]

Kuun tarinoita, by Julius Krohn                                          42470
 [Language: Finnish]

Convenient Houses, by Louis Henry Gibson                                 42469
 [Subtitle: With Fifty Plans for the Housekeeper,
  Architect and Housewife]

Catalogue of Messrs Blackwood and Sons' Publications, by Various         42468
 [Subtitle: Published in 1868 as a Part of The Handy
  Horse-Book by Maurice Hartland Mahon]

The College Freshman's Don't Book, by George Fullerton Evans             42467
 [Subtitle: in the interests of freshmen at large, especially
  Those whose remaining at large uninstructed & unguided
  Appears a worry and a menace to college & university
  society these remarks and hints are set forth by G. F. E.
  (A. B.) a sympathizer]
 [Illustrators: Frank Ingerson and Raymond Carter]

Facts and fancies in modern science, by John William Dawson              42466
 [Subtitle: Studies of the relations of science to
  Prevalent speculations and religious belief]

Vidéki hirek és más elbeszélések, by Zsigmond Móricz                     42465
 [Illustrator: Jeno Haranghy]
 [Language: Hungarian]

Variétés Historiques et Littéraires, Tome 1 (of 10), by Various          42464
 [Subtitle: Recueil de pi?ces volantes rares
  et curieuses en prose et en vers]
 [Language: French]

La Vie de Madame Élisabeth, soeur de Louis XVI, Tome 2 (of 2),           42463
 by Alcide de Beauchesne
 [Illustrator: Morse et Emile Rousseau]
 [Language: French]

Barbara Rebell, by Marie Belloc Lowndes                                  42462
 [Illustrator: Gilbert White]

The Motor Boys, by Clarence Young                                        42461
 [Subtitle: or, Chums Through Thick and Thin]

The Truth of Christianity, by William Harry Turton                       42460
 [Subtitle: Being an Examination of the More Important
  Arguments For and Against Believing in that Religion]

Bernard Treves's Boots, by Laurence Clarke                               42459
 [Subtitle: A Novel of the Secret Service]

The Mystery of the Sea, by Bram Stoker                                   42455

30,000 English eBooks from Project Gutenberg

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 free ebook for PG, and to Al Haines for doing the final preparations and publication.

A quick look at our numbers indicates that about one quarter of the internally produced Project Gutenberg books are non-English and it should be noted that more than half the PDF ebooks mentioned below are in languages other than English.

Continue reading 30,000 English eBooks from Project Gutenberg

Distributed Proofreaders Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Project Gutenberg was launched by Michael Hart in July 1971 to create free electronic versions of literary works and disseminate them worldwide. The project got its first boost with the invention of the web in 1990, and its second boost with the creation of Distributed Proofreaders in 2000, to help digitizing books from public domain.

Volunteers choose a book currently processed through the site to proofread a given page. People can proofread one page or several pages, as they wish. One page per day is a great goal. It doesn’t seem much, but with hundreds of volunteers it really adds up.

A website launched in 2000

Distributed Proofreaders (DP) was founded in October 2000 by Charles Franks to support the digitization of public domain books.

From the website one can access a program that allows several proofreaders to be working on the same book at the same time, each proofreading on different pages. The goal is to all work together – from any region in the world – to significantly speed up the proofreading process.

Originally conceived to assist Project Gutenberg (PG), Distributed Proofreaders is now the main source of PG ebooks. In 2002, DP became an official PG site. In May 2006, DP became a separate legal entity and continues to maintain a strong relationship with PG.

Continue reading Distributed Proofreaders Celebrates 10th Anniversary

The Project Gutenberg Error Correction Team

This is a follow up to the previous newsletter release from Michael Hart requesting volunteers to help with error correction in PG text’s. As a response to Michael’s request a new page has been set up on the PG Wiki: ErrorCorrection.

PG is currently using a Request Tracker (RT) ticketing system for dealing with errata but the Wiki post also talks of the possibility of setting up a new Error Correction Team (ECT) that would handle all aspects of the process.

The ECT would take an errata ticket from the RT system, locate the lines in the file for correction, also using the Tinsley trio of checks: Gutcheck, Jeebies and Gutspell (as do our regular contributors), which pick up many additional errors beyond the errata reports. Once the ETC has finished they would pass this along to the Whitewashers, who would make their normal checks after which they would upload the file to the Gutenberg archive.

There are currently 1,100 open tickets in the system and the Wiki page suggests that if we can get 30-40 volunteers to do 1 hour a week, we could fix those in one year. Of course, if we can get more volunteers working more than one hour per week, then it would take only a handful of months!

One suggestion from the Wiki and on Chris Gray’s Blog, is to get the Distributed Proofreaders involved in the error correction process. I completely agree. There is already a huge community involved with the DP and I feel it would be perfect to move the correction process to their own established system.

Either way, it’s great to see progress on this subject

DP Canada now “Live”

For several months DP Canada was running in limited operation. On December 1, 2007 they went “live” again.

DP Canada is dedicated to;

  1. Preserving Canadiana one page at a time
  2. Taking advanatge of Canada’s more liberal copyright laws to ensure public access to books in the Public Domain in Canada.

PGC presented the first DP Canada French language title on December 9, 2007: Jacques Cartier’s account of his 1534 voyage to Canada.  The first English language title appeared on Decembr 12, 2007: Walter de la Mare’s children’s story “The Three Sleeping Boys of Warwickshire”.

David Jones (“Simple Simon”) co-founder of DP Canada would like to welcome all volunteers. Please visit their website at www.pgdpcanada.net to help out or find out more information.

Distributed Proofreaders Announce 10,000th eBook

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!

In a serious move to release eBooks in a number of fields on this momentous occasions, The Distributed Proofreaders have surpassed the great milestone of 10,000 eBooks, long thought to be dividing line between feasibility study and the real thing.

Well, Distributed Proofreaders is definitely a real thing in terms of being one of the most successful projects the Internet and World Wide Web have ever seen, taking a five year term since getting up to speed and parlaying it into an electronic library second to none in the world.

Without any more funding than a few nice scanners and the other necessities of virtual life, some 50,000 volunteers have worked to bring these 10,000 electronic books to the world at large. . .all free for the downloading.

From rare languages to Linnaeus on species to children’s, and other classics, including Shakespeare in French, this group is involved in the extension of libraries beyond an imagination of just a few years ago.

These works include fundamentals in many fields across an impressive set of subjects from agriculture to an example of the finest from The Golden Age of Science Fiction with the first installment of the famous “Lensman Series.”

Also included are ethnology reporting to the Smithsonian, along with a folk history of American slavery, and shanty songs sung by sailors on the open seas.

This small collection that puts Distributed Proofreaders, and their army of volunteers, across the 10,000 book mark includes works in handful of languages, both in originals and also in translation. . .a fitting example of the list of the 10,000 eBooks already prepared, and those to come.

Again Congratulations!!!

Michael S. Hart
Founder
Project Gutenberg

DP PRESS RELEASE: DP Releases 10,000th Book

Today the Project Gutenberg Distributed Proofreaders (DP) posted a package of texts that takes us over 10,000 completed titles. I’m very proud of our community of volunteers who have accomplished this fantastic number. The 10K package (listed below) showcases the wide range of our volunteers’ interests and talents.

There are examples of a number of our on-going large projects including the Slave Narratives (now over half done), the Bureau of American Ethnography reports, periodicals (this issue of Punch is the 280th that we’ve done), and the beginning of a new project, Linnaeus’ Species Plantarum. Children’s literature and Science Fiction are two popular areas and both are represented on this list. Shakespeare in French and John Evelyn’s classic work on the trees of England represent the classics. The Shanty Book has music to listen to, and the Encyclopedia of Needlework deserves its name, being so large and full of illustrations. Continue reading DP PRESS RELEASE: DP Releases 10,000th Book

Distributed Proofreaders Complete Their 10,000th eBook!

On Friday 9 March, 2007, DP released 15 books in celebration of their 10,000th posting to Project Gutenberg. DP’s 10,000th unique book is;

The Annals of the Cakchiquels, by Daniel G. Brinton                      20775
  [Link: http://www.gutenberg.org/2/0/7/7/20775 ]
  [Files: 20775.txt; 20775-8.txt; 20775-0.txt; 20775-h.htm]

Distributed Proofreaders was founded in 2000 by Charles Franks to support the digitization of Public Domain books. Originally conceived to assist Project Gutenberg (PG), Distributed Proofreaders (DP) is now the main source of PG e-books. All their proofreaders, managers, developers and so on are volunteers.

CONGRATULATIONS to all 52,000+ DP volunteers!

PREVIOUS DP MILESTONES
Book# Released
Book Title(s)
9000 5 Sep 2006 Poems by Christina Georgina Rossetti
    Kelly Miller’s history of the world war for human rights by Kelly Miller
    Hey diddle diddle and Baby bunting by Randolph Caldecott
8000 8 Feb 2006 The Suppression of the African Slave-Trade to the United States of America, 1638–1870 by W. E. B. Du Bois
7000 24 Jun 2005 Opúsculos por Alexandre Herculano (Portuguese) by Alexandre Herculano
    Viage al Parnaso (Spanish) by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
    Leabhráin an Irisleabhair-III (Irish) by Various
6000 2 Feb 2005 The Journal of Sir Walter Scott by Sir Walter Scott
5000 8 Oct 2004 Too many to list (50), see the threads
4000 7 Apr 2004 Adventures du capitaine Hatteras by Jules Verne
3000 15 Jan 2004 Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Burton
2000 3 Sep 2003 Hamlet, the “Bad Quarto” by William Shakespeare
1000 19 Feb 2003 unknown

The above table shows multiple titles when the exact book title is not known.

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