Friday, May 16, 2008

Free Books (Audio and Text), Music, Movies, and more

Freebie Friday this week is a website: Project Gutenberg.

Project Gutenberg features over 25,000 free* books in their online catalog and over 100,000 titles are available from related resources. You can read books that are in over 30 different languages online or download them to your computer, PDA, and some readers. Most of what is featured here is classic literature from around the world with a few items that are still in copyright sprinkled in where ever they have received permission.

Along with books you may also delve into other media, such as: Audio Book (computer-generated), Audio Book (human-read), Data (Square Roots, The Human Genome Project, etc), Music (recorded) Music, (sheet), Other recordings (early recording and misc.) Pictures (moving), Pictures (still). Some of this material can be found on related sites listed below that are partnered or affiliated with PG.

If you've ran out of things to read or just want to check it out, head on over, you won't be disappointed.

Some Statistical Info:
Online Book Catalog - Overview - Project Gutenberg
Languages with more than 50 books: Chinese, Dutch, English,Finnish, French, German, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, Spanish, Tagalog

Languages with up to 50 books: Afrikaans, Aleut, Arapaho, Breton, Bulgarian, Catalan, Cebuano, Czech, Danish, Esperanto, Frisian, Friulano, Galician, Gamilaraay, Gascon, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Iloko, Interlingua, Irish, Iroquoian, Japanese, Khasi, Korean, Lithuanian, Maori, Mayan Languages, Middle English, Nahuatl, Napoletano-Calabrese, North American Indian, Norwegian, Old English, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Sanskrit, Serbian, Slovak, Swedish, Welsh, Yiddish,

Top 100 - Project Gutenberg
Here are the top 10 books downloaded for Thursday, May 15, 2008.
  1. The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4) by J. Arthur Thomson (1367)
  2. Manual of Surgery Volume First: General Surgery. Sixth Edition. by Miles and Thomson (1199)
  3. Manners, Custom and Dress During the Middle Ages and During the Renaissance Period by Paul Lacroix (750)
  4. History of the United States by Charles A. Beard and Mary Ritter Beard (595)
  5. Searchlights on Health by B. G. Jefferis and J. L. Nichols (504)
  6. Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 01 by Elbert Hubbard (465)
  7. Our Day by William Ambrose Spicer (450)
  8. Illustrated History of Furniture by Frederick Litchfield (448)
  9. The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English by Ray Vaughn Pierce (427)
  10. Woman as Decoration by Emily Burbank (389)

Links to Partners and Affiliates:

Project Gutenberg of Australia

Project Gutenberg of Australia provides books which are in the public domain in Australia.

As a general rule the works of authors who died before 1955 are in the public domain in Australia. Works by George Orwell (died 1950), Virginia Woolf (died 1941), and James Joyce (died 1941), just to name a few authors, are in the public domain in Australia.

Of course, works which are in the public domain in Australia may remain copyrighted in other Countries, even for several decades. People may not download, or read online, such works if they are in a country where they are still under copyright. That still leaves a lot of readers out there to enjoy etexts of some of the greatest literary works of the twentieth century.

Project Gutenberg of Australia also provides a list all of the Project Gutenberg etexts (from both the US and Australian Collections) which were written by Australians or which relate (although loosely) to Australia, and has an extensive collection of books by and about the land and sea explorers who opened up the continent to white settlement.

Project Gutenberg Consortia Center

Project Gutenberg Consortia Center (PGCC). Collections of collections, with numerous languages and formats. Sponsored by the World eBook Library.

Projekt Gutenberg DE

Projekt Gutenberg-DE. German literature. This was the second site to ask Michael Hart to use the Project Gutenberg name and concept, for German-language content. Currently run by a for-profit organization (Hille + Partner GbR), PG-DE provides free eBooks via their Web site, as well as selling eBooks on CD or DVD. For more information about PG-DE, read this German Wikipedia article. PG-DE runs their own Distributed Proofreaders site for content they distribute, but claims copyright on their work. The content from the central Distributed Proofreaders does not have such restrictions, and is intended for unlimited redistribution.

Project Gutenberg Europe

Project Gutenberg Europe, with an emphasis on European languages and cultures. Proofreading is accomplished with the help of Distributed Proofreading Europe.

Projekt Runeberg

Project Runeberg. Nordic literature. Historically, this was the first site to ask Michael Hart to use a name similar to Project Gutenberg for a sister project. emphasizes textual items for unlimited redistribution. This is the home of the Project Gutenberg PrePrints items not-quite-ready for the main Project Gutenberg collection, but available for reading., source of musical performances for many composers, in many formats. worked with Project Gutenberg on our sheet music subproject.


LiteralSystems source of human audio eBook readings., another source of human audio eBook readings.

The Internet Archive

The Internet Archive. The Internet Archive was our long-time backup distribution site, and for several years our main site. They are actively working to produce more free eBooks, many of which become part of the Project Gutenberg collection.

The Online Books Page

The Online Books Page. Includes eBook listings and information., provider of WAP-enabled eBooks from the Project Gutenberg collection. Content partner in the WorldEBookFair., provides readability scores for Project Gutenberg titles. Their site features software for speed reading and better reading comprehension.

*When I say free, I mean free to download from PG. Not everything on PG is copyright free, check the end liscnense agreement for each download before using it in your own works. ;)

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