My new favorite website these days would have to be Project Gutenberg. The mission statement of this wonderful organization is “to encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks .” With over 28,000 books in their database, I now have completely free access to many books I never would have found or read otherwise. They have "everything," from Leonardo da Vinci's notebooks to A.A. Milne's Red House Mystery to Swiss Family Robinson to portions of Scripture to works by G.K. Chesterton.
Although I certainly don’t prefer to “read” books online, there are many times when Project Gutenberg comes in handy. For example, I was thrilled to see the What Katy Did series, because after reading the first excellent book, I was never able to find the sequels. Additionally, I can easily search the text of a book. I own all of Jane Austen’s books, but it sure is easier to search for a specific quote using Project Gutenberg than to peruse every page of Austen’s writings! Finally—and this is the most exciting application of all—Project Gutenberg provides hundreds of audio books, both human and computer read for free! I have had such fun downloading these to my MP3 player and listening to them while I scrub bathrooms or clean my room. It seems as though I have less and less time to read these days, and Project Gutenberg makes it just a little bit easier for me to multitask. ;-)
So I’d like to know:
- Have you heard of Project Gutenberg before?
- If you’ve used it already, what ways do you make it work for you?
- If you haven’t used Project Gutenberg, what do you think of it?
Enjoy this gem of a website and happy reading!
(Stay tuned for Lauren’s post on Friday from the grand old state of…Utah!)