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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The Year of the eBook

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Project Gutenberg, the granddaddy of all eBook libraries, announced today they have put number 40,000 of internally produced free eBooks online as of March 1st. This raises their grand total to 100,000, as they receive a number of eBooks from other producers worldwide. These figures even subtract 15,000 for various duplications. If you have a […]

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Canadians: Speak Out on Copyright

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BIG NEWS! January’s a great time to send an email to Ottawa A unique opportunity for Canadians to defend their Public Domain (the deadline is January 31, 2011). The Opportunity Bill C-32, the bill to amend the Copyright Act, is now being examined by a parliamentary committee in Ottawa. The committee has taken the unprecedented […]

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Distributed Proofreaders Celebrates 10th Anniversary

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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. […]

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Copyright Revisions in Canada: Half a Loaf is Better Than None

Life+50 Duration Retained The basic Life+50 copyright term is safe in Canada, at least for now. There has been considerable pressure from foreign governments for Canada to extend its copyright term, but the Copyright Act revisions unveiled in June left the basic term of copyright unchanged. For this, the government deserves our thanks and congratulations. […]

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PG Canada Newsletter for October 2008

During October Project Gutenberg Canada published a total of 13 eBooks bringing their total to 190 eBooks, which by the way, took Michael Hart’s Project Gutenberg twenty-three years to achieve! LANGUAGES: 7 titles in English 5 in French 1 in German (the first title in that language!) GENRES 4 history books and monographs 3 novels […]

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PG Canada Newsletter for September 2008

Mark from PG Canada sent through his monthly newsletter covering the activities for August 2008. With 12 new eBooks released in August (7 English, 5 French) the total number of PGCA titles now reaches 164! GENRES 6 of the books were novels 3 were children’s books 2 were collections of short stories and novellas 1 […]

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PG Canada posts their 100th eBook!

We’ve just posted the 100th eBook. It’s from 1904, seems not to have been reprinted, and is a very interesting account of Toronto’s legal establishment in the 19th century: it’s a rather spectacular addition to the collection. Here’s the description from the website: 2008/03/25: As our 100th eBook, we’ve chosen this beautifully illustrated history of […]

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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; Preserving Canadiana one page at a time 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 […]

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PG Canada Live

On Canada Day 2007 the new Project Gutenberg Canada went live! As one would expect the site multilingual in both English and French. To celebrate their opening they released a “baker’s dozen: thirteen ebooks” which were specially created for the launch. With Canada’s copyright at life+50 years, they will likely be producing some new books […]

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