Project Gutenberg announced on Saturday that the 40-year-old program had digitized its fifty thousandth work.
Chosen in honor of Project Gutenberg founder Michael Hart, the milestone title was John Gutenberg, First Master Printer, His Acts, and most remarkable Discourses, and his Death. It’s now available for download from the PG website in Kindle, Epub, and other formats.
Gutenberg is credited with revolutionizing book production with his printing press. Like Gutenberg, Micheal Hart was a pioneer in digital book production when he started Project Gutenberg in 1971. Even though it has long since been dwarfed by larger efforts, Hart’s Project Gutenberg was the forerunner to the digital publishing industry we have today.
With Google having digitized millions of books and even “small” projects like HathiTrust hosting 13.7 million titles, Project Gutenberg’s milestone is relatively small potatoes. But this is still the grandaddy of all book digitization projects, and continues to digitize books to this day.
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