Friday, February 17, 2006


Notice the new Project Gutenberg box underneath my title bar? It's been on the net for ages, but I just discovered it and I am so excited!

One of my favorite pass times is reading, and now I have a whole library at my fingertips. You can browse by Author, Title, Language or Recently Posted and there are 17,000 free books in the Project Gutenberg Online Book Catalog with more being added every day.

You get to read and/or download whole, entire books FOR FREE. Books of every kind. There are three portions of the Project Gutenberg Library, basically be described as:
Light Literature; such as Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass, Peter Pan, Aesop's Fables, etc.
Heavy Literature; such as the Bible or other religious documents, Shakespeare, Moby Dick, Paradise Lost, etc.
References; such as Roget's Thesaurus, almanacs, and a set of encyclopedia, dictionaries, etc
Plus they have:
CD and DVD. "Best Of" selections on CD and DVD.
Audio EBooks, both human-read and computer-generated.
Music. Digitized Sheet Music.

As an example, here are the top 15 downloaded books from yesterday.
1.The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci — Complete by Leonardo da Vinci (422)
2. Kamasutra by Vatsyayana (323)
3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (283)
4. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (245)
5. Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great — Volume 01 of 14 by Elbert Hubbard (238)
6. The Art of War by 6th cent. B.C. Sunzi (213)
7. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells (201)
8. Ulysses by James Joyce (191)
9. The World War and What was Behind It by Louis P. Benezet (191)
10. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (183)
11. Project Gutenberg "10K" DVD (183)
12. Great Britain and Her Queen by Annie E. Keeling (177)
13. The Doré Gallery of Bible Illustrations, Complete (161)
14. How to Speak and Write Correctly by Joseph Devlin (152)
15. Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (151)

If you love to read, need to do research or whatever, go and check them out. Here's the site map. The only way to keep this treasure is to use it and promote it. Put a link on your site and help someone stay literate.

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