Christopher Pound combines and weights lists and ratings from Project Gutenberg, Goodreads, and elsewhere to produce novel sortings of familiar data
—Shakespeare's plays by popularity
, for example. The most successful fiction writers
at Gutenberg, and the top thousand most popular works of fiction
found there. The most highly rated films of 2012
. The most popular Sci-fi and fantasy sub-genres
at Goodreads. [more inside]
In 1891 author and lecturer ”Max O’Rell
” (being the pen name of one Léon Paul Blouet) published an amusing account of his travels through the States and Eastern Canada - "A Frenchman In America
" - that, along with the charming illustrations, reflect on then popular national stereotypes and character and is presented on Project Gutenberg in its entirely. (via
The Public Domain Review
is one year old as of Jan 1, 2012. It's like a mashup of New York/London Review of Books, Project Gutenberg and Internet Archive. Contributors
From June 2, 1957, CBS Radio Workshop presents Epitaphs
, [online listening link
, higher quality mp3 link click to listen, right-click to download
] a half-hour of readings from 1915's Spoon River Anthology, a collection of poems by Clarence Darrow's former law partner which depict the inhabitants of a graveyard in a fictional small town in Illinois. [more inside]
Are Women People?
A writer for The Hairpin discovers the satirical poetry of Alice Duer Miller
is a short story by the late Kurt Vonnegut (so it goes)
from 1962, brought to you now by Project Gutenberg.
World eBook Fair -
Project Gutenberg opens the door
to even more books online for free (through Aug 4). Not just public domain stuff, but copyrighted works like Ulysses
(PDF), T.S. Eliot
(500 pp. PDF), and Neal Stephenson
(PDF). Over 300,000 additional works online.
Speaking of free audio books, Project Gutenberg
is currently working on releasing about 500 free, public domain audio books
in mp3 format. Among the titles included are Melville's Typee
, A Midsummer Night's Dream
,A Modest Proposal
, Huck Finn
, and many, many more.
I have some Great Expectations for this one...
Proof of Life After Copyright
: An overexcited e-mail from the Gutenbergers
April 10, 2002 was the day Project Gutenberg reached 5,000 eBooks. By Moore's Law, October 10, 2003 could be the day for number 10,000. We are just over half way — 7,661 as I write this — 2,339 to go! That will take over 300 eBooks per month; we need you to help us push our average up from 268 per month to get to 10,000 by December, 31st.
God help us if the entire universe fails to obey Moore's Law: the IPO of the singularity
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