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TECHDAY 1 December A Generous Project

Launch of Project Gutenberg by Michael S. Hart | Techday, December 1st 

On this TECHDAY in history, on December 1st 1971, Project Gutenberg began by Michael S. Hart, an American writer. He is considered the father of eBooks and decided to begin this project (while he was still a university student with access to the institution’s mainframe computer) because he believed that someday everyone in the general public would have computer access. That led to his decision to make literature works freely available in electronic form.

Project Gutenberg is essentially the oldest digital library, and a volunteer effort to digitize and help preserve cultural works. In it, the creation and distribution of eBooks is encouraged, and most of its files are public domain books and texts and can be accessed for free through an open format layout. The released files are available in many formats (plain text, PDF, HTML, EPUB, etc.), and although the majority of them is in English, works in other languages are also available.

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