Posts tagged ‘ebooks’

September 9, 2011

From movable to mobile type.

“Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable
people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress,
therefore, depends on unreasonable people.” – George Bernard Shaw

In honour of Michael Stern Hart, inventor of e-books, founder of Project Gutenberg.

It’s been years since I visited the site and it looks much the same now as it did then. No fussiness, a pure resource. On my first foray, I downloaded a copy of Remembrance of Things Past (Swann’s Way) by Marcel Proust and was a bit dismayed at the very boring reems of typewriter-like Courier font. Still, I had the text at my fingertips, gratis, and that was immensely pleasing.

Much progress has been made in the subsequent years. Project Gutenberg now offers over 36,000 FREE ebooks to download to your PC, and also for Kindle, Android, iOS or other portable devices, with or without graphics. Click the image below to begin your tour through Hart’s e-stacks.

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