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Gutenberg books with GNU/Linux - Part 1

Feb 19, 2009, 07:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alan Berg)

[ Thanks to steve hill for this link. ]

"The Gutenberg project releases books in a standard text format. Volunteers convert a subset of the text to HTML and PDFs and to a few other less ubiquitous formats besides.

"Other support sites such as manybooks.net give you even more choice of formats including compressed formats for palmtops, iPod and Java-based telephones. These sites are mostly free with the option to make a small donation. The Gutenberg project has delivered to the world the base material for serious and progressive Edutainment. Started back in 1971 by Michael S. Hart, the project has blossomed with numerous affiliated projects. The project’s great success is measurable with a body of around 100,000 available texts--and rising.

"The Gutenberg project has delivered to the world the base material for serious and progressive Edutainment. Can software help bring to life plain text files? Alternatively, are we doomed to wander the world carrying sheets of paper and waiting for the next advance in smart reader technology and potential commercial vendor lock-in?"

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