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Published 04/10/2012 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by Dorothy Distefano
What can you use the app for?

Project Gutenberg is used to download free epub, Kindle, and even some audiobooks. These books were previously published and have been proofread and digitized by Project Gutenberg volunteers. The Gutenberg library offers more than 38,000 books for free. This is the largest site for free eBooks on the Internet.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Project Gutenberg's mission statement: To encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks. It was launched in 1971 by Michael Hart. By an accident of luck, he received $100,000,000 of computer time in an operator account in a research lab at the University of Illinois. He felt that had to decide what to do to repay the value of what he had received. In 1971, computer time was extremely valuable. His initial idea was to create an operation for storing, retrieving, and searching for library materials. He then typed the Declaration of Independence as his first posting of an electronic text. He built Project Gutenberg so that everyone in the world could have access to every book that has been entered into a computer. Unfortunately, Hart died in September 2011; but he lived to see the incredible success of his generous efforts.

The Project Gutenberg Library consists of light literature, heavy literature, and references. It is accessible to everyone. Between 400-550K unique visitors use Project Gutenberg each month.

What are the differences to other apps?

Many apps charge for the same books that are available on Project Gutenberg for free. iTunes, Amazon, and others charge $0.99 or more for classics that are downloadable as apps. Project Gutenberg is staffed by volunteers who digitize books that were not previously available in any digital format.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Project Gutenberg is easy to use. A user simply searches or browses the site for content. Searches may be performed by author, title, or subject. A user may choose to browse a "bookshelf" such as banned books, Harvard Classics, Horror, or Philosophy. For Quick Pick options, users may check out the most popular books or latest releases.

It is simple to search. For example, a search for Ralph Waldo Emerson showed that he is in the database and his works have been downloaded 3869 times. Clicking on his name reveals all of his books, sorted by popularity. Each is accompanied by the number of times it has been downloaded. Once a book is chosen, the user chooses the format for download. In one click, the file is downloaded to the computer and may be added to any device according to the instructions for that device. Books may also be read online.

A QR code to the download page may also be scanned and the book can be directly downloaded to a mobile device.

Once a book is found, it is fast and easy to download or read online.

How does the registration process work?

No registration is necessary to use any of Project Gutenberg's many features.

What does it cost to use the application?

There is no cost to use this application, but donations are accepted.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Anyone wishing to read eBooks that are in the public domain (not copyrighted), including research, classics, and even the Bible, on a computer, Kindle, or mobile device capable of supporting epub format will benefit from using Project Gutenberg.

  • All of the eBooks offered on Project Gutenberg are free.
  • No fee is required, but donations are accepted.
  • ePub, Kindle, HTML, Plucker, QiOO Mobile, and Plain Text formats available
  • Integrated with Facebook to "Like"
  • QR code for Mobile site provided


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