Project Gutenberg

Dear Reader,

Have you ever heard of the Project Gutenberg? I am sure you have, but to refresh your memory: It is a project to digitise all the famous and less famous old books that are out of copyright, and make them available to the public.

Ebook-Friendly has posted a very nice article on how to make best use of this project:

Project Gutenberg is one of the most important sources of free ebooks on the web. This longest-established ebook project releases books that entered public domain, and can be freely used in electronic format.

World’s first ebook ever, created by the founder of Project Gutenberg Michael S. Hart, was officially added to the catalog in December 1971 – and, obviously, is still available for download.

Currently there are almost 43,000 ebooks in PG catalog. There are several file formats for download, including the ones compatible with Kindle (mobi), as well as Nook, Kobo or iBooks (epub).

Most epub and mobi books have two versions, with and without images, so you can not only enjoy reading the classic literature at its best, but also get the feeling of an old book.

I’m a fan of Project Gutenberg, not only because of its history, but also its clean interface and well-organized structure. It’s just a sheer pleasure to browse for new free books on PG, and I’m coming back to the site every week.

I bet you are not aware of some of the tricks listed below. I’ll be adding new ones gradually, so stay tuned: get free updates of Ebook Friendly by RSS oremail. Let’s also connect on Facebook and Twitter.

1. Preview books online – with images

2. Send ebooks in one click to Dropbox and Google Drive

3. Get complete works of popular authors

4. Get new entries via RSS feed

5. Get new entries via email once a day

6. Search for vintage images

7. Access Project Gutenberg from your mobile phone

8. Browse Project Gutenberg from Google web search

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