Project Gutenberg

has me pretty excited. As someone who is classically trained in print design, I find the title catchy AND relavent. But as someone who enjoys learning, I’m astounded by this initiative.

We’re living in a world of i and e-everything (because i before e…). E-mail, e-books, iTunes, iPods, iLife, iMovie: you get it. Anyone who is alive knows that the internet is a wealth of spontaneous uncategorized knowledge ripe for the picking but if you’re like me, you don’t know where to begin. Well, I think Project Gutenberg is a great place to start.

Free E-books? 

Wait, what? Yes, they’re all free.
“Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books, or eBooks. Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg, invented eBooks in 1971 and continues to inspire the creation of eBooks and related technologies today.”

(excerpt from Wikipedia)


Project Gutenberg
 (PG) is a volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works, to “encourage the creation and distribution ofeBooks”.[2] Founded in 1971 by Michael S. Hart, it is the oldest digital library.[3] Most of the items in its collection are the full texts of public domain books. The project tries to make these as free as possible, in long-lasting, open formats that can be used on almost any computer. As of November 2011, Project Gutenberg claimed over 39,000 items in its collection.

Wherever possible, the releases are available in plain text, but other formats are included, such as HTML, PDF, EPUB, MOBI, andPlucker. Most releases are in the English language, but many non-English works are also available. There are multiple affiliated projects that are providing additional content, including regional and language-specific works. Project Gutenberg is also closely affiliated with Distributed Proofreaders, an Internet-based community for proofreading scanned texts.”

Another GREAT source of freebie knowhow and bookage is Amazon. Every once in awhile they run freebie specials on books as well as having an extremely comprehensive free e-book section. Their free e-books are all of the classics, which is great because I’m finally reading Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland along with a few other random titles like, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes that I’ve always been quasi interested in.

So yeah, there is no excuse not to read anymore. We all have iGadgets or Android gadgets, a kindle an iPad or a Tablet of some flavor or another. Why don’t we start using those gadgets to invest in our own futures? Put down Facebook, Angry Birds, Bejeweled other social medias and repurpose that time into expanding your brain. The knowledge is out there and it’s free. 

What are you waiting for? Invest in you!

Oh, and the Kindle app is also FREE to download on any smart device, computer, laptop or cell phone.

 

 

 

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