In the 2008 Project Gutenberg Year in Review, it is reported that during 2008 they surpassed 32,000 original Project Gutenberg eBooks. “This now means that the original Project Gutenberg editions now list as many book titles as your average U.S. public library,” says Mike Cook. Additional statistics on the project can be found in the Year in Review.
According to Chris Andrews, from Project Gutenberg, 2009 will be the year of the eBook. Chris offers 20 reasons why. Bring it on….what has taken so long (sp)? I’d list them here, but it’s much more fun to read them at Chris’s site in order to see the many comments (and offer your own).
I’d like to add reason #21. As someone who just suffered from a house fire that destroyed everything I own – except my iPhone – it’s much easier to grab one eBook reader than 400 paperbacks as you run like hell out the door.
Hongkiat.com offers the 20 best websites to download free ebooks. Here is the list. List is heavy on computer/tech sites. Gutenberg appears to have made the runner up list- which includes an additional 15 sites, so let’s make it the 35 best websites for free Ebooks.
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