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Project Gutenberg April 2009 Newsletter

Just recently Project Gutenberg had a major crashe of their hardrives and subsequently lost some data and the newsletter lists were destroyed. They are currently using some ancient backups but most people should still be on the list.

A number of poeple have been asking how to subscriber/unsubscribe from the Project Gutenberg mailing list. Full instructions can be found at www.gutenberg.org/howto/subscribe-howto but here is a quick overview;

Mailing Lists

There are various Project Gutenberg mailing lists here is a brief description along with a link to visit and subscribe/unsubscribe. All lists live at pglaf.org, and are moderated except for the discussion lists:

  • Newsletters, with new eBook listings, calls for assistance, general information, and announcements
    • gweekly: Project Gutenberg Weekly Newsletter – Usuall only one weekly newsletter.
    • gmonthly: Project Gutenberg Monthly newsletter – Usually only one monthly newsletter.
  • Notification as new eBooks are posted
    • posted: receive book postings as they happen, along with other PG related internally-focused discussion (high traffic, over 10 postings per day)
  • Discussion for active volunteers
    • gutvol-d: general unmoderated volunteer discussion (moderate traffic)
    • gutvol-p: programming volunteers, for software development (light traffic)
    • gutvol-w: website volunteers, for website development (new list)
    • glibrary: library help, for physically tracking down books and copyright research. Low traffic, with occasional requests.
  • Other lists
    • gutvol-l: moderated volunteer announcements (light traffic)

If you would like to subscribe to one of the above mailing lists, simply visit the lists.pglaf.org website and select a mailing list name.

All lists require a password and email confirmation to subscribe as part of the Lyris anti-spam measures.

Book People mailing list: So long, and thanks….

We had some new friends over for dinner last night, and towards dessert, the conversation turned to books, and eventually to all the books that were now available online. They were quite interested in the travel accounts by women that Mary had been putting online, and remarked “You must have a passion for this.” When they found out that over 300 books had been republished on her site, on a completely volunteer basis, they said “that’s a *lot* of passion!”

I think that could be said about a lot of the people on the list.
Whether it’s the regular posters, or the folks who mostly lurk and occasionally send us email, this has been a group that’s been passionate about books, what they can do for people, and the importance of doing the best job we can to make them available to as many people as possible. Continue reading Book People mailing list: So long, and thanks….

Farewell to “The Book People List”

Well, life today, as so often, has been so hectic, with newspaper articles and interviews to do about the recent PR blitzes from billion dollar products or at least what they HOPE will be such, that I am down to the wire with well under an hour to Mark’s deadline and so I must do what I can with the time I have left…and apologize for not doing more.

As always, I lean more towards the future and less towards the past than most of us do, with a little care towards preserving such “look and feel” paper and it predecessors have given us over millennia.

My own concern at this final Book People juncture, is for the future, a future I think we will find a great of which we have failed to consider when and if we look back on this date a decade from now, or especially from even longer periods, though I will not likely be with you a decade from now. Continue reading Farewell to “The Book People List”

The Digital Text Community (DTC) – A New Mailing List

Forwarding a message sent by Jon Noring to various mailing lists — Ed

I am announcing the start of “The Digital Text Community” (DTC), a public mailing list (on YahooGroups) devoted to serious discussion of digitizing “ink-on-paper” publications.

The full group “charter” is found at the group’s “home page” at:


DTC will be lightly moderated primarily to ensure civil discourse, and a separate archive of the discussion will be started and maintained (YahooGroup’s default archive is poor, to say the least.)

The Purpose and Reason for DTC

The primary reason why I am starting DTC is that there is, suprisingly, no independent and dedicated forum to discuss the various, interrelated technical and non-technical issues of digitizing “ink-on-paper” publications, such as books, periodicals, etc.

Current discussion on digitizing paper publications is disjointly spread around in various nooks and crannies. For example, there are forums for particular digitization projects such as Project Gutenberg (e.g. “gutvol-d”) and Distributed Proofreaders (which maintains a set of online-only forums.)

And then there are more generalized forums which touch upon various topics of relevance to text digitization, but which is not their main focus. Examples are Book People (which John Mark Ockerbloom is sadly closing the end of the month) and The eBook Community (a YahooGroup which I administer, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ebook-community/ .)

The summary purpose of DTC is given in the last paragraph of the DTC group charter:

“This group is not affiliated with any particular project or organization, but rather is independent. It is hoped this group will be a bridge between the various text digitization projects, enabling information exchange for everyone’s benefit.”

Do consider subscribing to DTC. If you need any help subscribing to the group, let me know. I look forward to seeing you there!

Jon Noring
The Digital Text Community Administrator

Book People mailing list to close down!

In the last few days, John Mark Ockerbloom announced that he is retiring the 10 year old Book People mailing list. I only caught the tail end of this run but the discussions on their were very good indeed. It seems that anyone who took part also thought the same. Here follows the post (in full) John made announcing the decision.

I’d like to let listmembers know that on Friday, November 30, I will cease forwarding submissions for the Book People mailing list, and the list will end its run of over 10 years.

I intend to keep the archives online even after list activity ends.
There have been a lot of developments in the world of free online text since the list started in 1997, and the archive may be useful to some folks as one chronicle of these developments, and of what people providing and reading books online were talking and asking about.

Also, both my websites and Mary’s will continue as normal to be maintained and to add new links and other material.

I remain very interested, both personally and professionally, in promoting universally accessible online literature and knowledge. In many ways, there’s a much richer environment online than there was ten years ago, but still a lot of unrealized potential. I intend to keep promoting free online libraries, and encouraging others to get involved with them, and talk about them, well into the future. I’m planning a new online site for this and related topics; details and implementations are still being worked out, but I hope to tell you more and invite you all when it gets set up.

But I wanted to first give you sufficient advance warning about the planned shutdown. I know from conversations last spring that many of you value the mailing list format, and I’m sorry that I won’t be continuing that for you. I hope that, with a three-week lead time, folks can wrap up existing conversations, or invite people to other (existing or new) forums that might be of interest, whether those are mailing lists, blogs, or some other online forum. And if you’ve been lurking and hoping to ask or tell the 500+ subscribers of this list something related to free online books, now’s your chance.

I want to thank everyone who’s provided books over the Net, contributed to discussions here, or supported those efforts in some way. I’ve enjoyed hearing what you’ve had to say, and I hope I’ll continue to hear from you and see more things that you produce in the years to come.

John Mark Ockerbloom
Moderator, Book People mailing list