Project Gutenberg Wants Your Input on Refreshing Its Site

At long, long, long, long, long, long last, Project Gutenberg is updating its listing pages.

They sent this message to one of their mailing lists this morning.

We would like to invite design ideas and input for Project Gutenberg’s eBook landing pages, such as

Discussion is being hosted in the gutvol-d email list, which you can subscribe (or peruse back issues) at

The idea is to have a static HTML file for every eBook.  This will make it easier to get a full copy of the book’s files and surrounding meta-data.  We are also working on friendlier filenames and other improvements.  The main criterion is to use HTML+CSS only in static files: no Javascript, database, or server-side requirements.  Ideas and demonstrations are welcome!  (You can email directly to [email protected], or join the gutvol-d list.)

I don’t have the time to contribute right now but I am looking forward to the improved layout.

What would you like to see changed?

image by reingestalter

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Disgusting Dude4 April, 2018

    File names. File names. File names.

    1. Nate Hoffelder4 April, 2018

      my kingdom for file names

  2. Xavier Basora4 April, 2018

    Agreed and some nice cover art for the titles. Better editing so the books are readable.
    The home page needs to be appealing. I dislike the welcome page

    1. Nate Hoffelder4 April, 2018

      Ooooh, cover art! Yes, that is one of those things that would not be hard to automate.

      1. Xaver Basora5 April, 2018

        And it’d give jobs to very talented people. And covers are a nice esthetic intro to the book

        1. SAD6 April, 2018

          Sure. Jobs that don’t pay anything, but jobs nonetheless.

  3. Sharon Reamer5 April, 2018

    Improved search function. I’ve had trouble with it before. It’s not very smart.

  4. Clyde5 April, 2018

    Make them epub’s and include calibre compatible metadata.

    1. Fahirsch8 April, 2018

      The books are in several formats. I download both epub and mobi, both with image, directly to Dropbox

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