Standard eBooks Pick Up Where Project Gutenberg Leaves Off
eBook formatting is important.
One of the reasons Feedbooks tops my list of free ebook sites is that the ebooks there are formatted to a higher standard than you can expect from even major publishers. The ebooks are just easier on the eyes, and all other things being equal, great formatting can be the deciding factor in sourcing free ebooks.
That is why I was thrilled to learn about the Standard eBooks project.
Standard Ebooks is a volunteer-driven project that is picking up where Project Gutenberg, HathiTrust, and the Internet Archive left off.
Those projects rescued works from analog obscurity and released them in digital form, while Standard eBooks is out to take that public domain content and release it in a form that is pleasant to use.
From the blurb:
The Standard Ebooks project is a volunteer driven, not-for-profit effort to produce a collection of high quality, carefully formatted, accessible, open source, and free public domain ebooks that meet or exceed the quality of commercially produced ebooks. The text and cover art in our ebooks is already believed to be in the public domain, and Standard Ebook dedicates its own work to the public domain, thus releasing whole ebooks files themselves into the public domain.
I wonder how hard it would be to get them to add Creative Commons-licensed ebooks to their catalog?
I have been wanting a set of Cory Doctorow ebooks for a while now. Most copies of his ebooks are atrociously formatted, but I have not had time to do the work myself. This might be a good place to organize a collaboration and get it done.
In any case, if you want to contribute to Standard eBooks, you can join the mailing list, submit ebooks (after reading the style guide), or just download the ebooks, read them, and report errors.