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Description

From Project Gutenberg, the first producer of free electronic books (ebooks).

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.

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Languages

  • English: Many many books
  • Portuguese: A few hundred books
  • Spanish: A few hundred books
  • Arabic: Few to none
  • Current list of languages and sizes: http://www.gutenberg.org/catalog/

Size

There are 20,000 free books in the Project Gutenberg Online Book Catalog.

Formats

  • Many books are currently in plain text and need to be downloaded from Project Gutenberg or various mirrors. Other content formats are Plucker, and HTML, and some download files are zipped. It may be that all books are available in unzipped plain text, but this couldn't be immediately verified.
  • Scripting (any scripting needed to convert it from current packaging)

Curator Info

Group: Literature

Group coordinator: None

Contributing groups and their curators: John Guagliardo

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Assessment

Scope (subjects, ages, other)

Covers English literature books from grade school through adulthood (i.e. few picture books). Also includes non-fiction, but not necessarily with complete coverage over non-fiction topics.

Completeness (comprehensiveness for given topic and audience)

Includes many English classics and numerous English books that are off copyright, as well as many older classic children's stories.

Multilingualism (specifically es, pt, en, ar)

  • English: Many many books
  • Portuguese: A few hundred books
  • Spanish: A few hundred books
  • Arabic: Few to none
  • Current list of languages and sizes: http://www.gutenberg.org/catalog/

Quality (incl. suitability for audience)

Relatively high quality

Freeness (license and format)

Copyright notices vary considerably among available books. In general Project Gutenberg includes books that are past copyright in the U.S. and refers non-U.S. readers to their countries' laws to determine legality of downloading and reading the books.

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