Literary Studies and Discoveries: Visit the Archive at Project Gutenberg!

Project Gutenberg (www.gutenberg.org) deserves its well-earned position as the largest digital archive available, replete of E-books in the public domain for easy download to most electronic devices. You can find such classics like Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz series (all the books) or Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, but also harder-to-find older works such as J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (the precursor to the beloved children’s tale, Peter Pan). It is a good place to seek out free works, operates as a non-profit organization, and constantly seeks out volunteers to help improve or contribute to their collection.

Founded in 1971 by Michael Hart, Project Gutenberg now has more than 56,000 titles in its archive (an impressive feat).

Interesting facts:

-The first work digitized and added to Project Gutenberg was the United States Declaration of Independence on December 1, 1971.

-Project Gutenberg has CDs and DVDs containing hundreds of their E-books available for download, so users can enjoy them off-line.

-Several countries have their own version of Project Gutenberg, including Project Gutenberg Australia and Project Gutenberg Canada. There is even a Project Gutenberg Europe!

-Project Gutenberg is currently working to support Net Neutrality; in other words, they are taking a stand against network providers who deliberately slow traffic to sites that are not commercial partners with them or essentially penalize users for accessing them.

So I’d recommend going to check them out for some useful and fun reads!

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