couple of times in Web Line I have referred in passing to Project
Gutenberg. Ensuing readers’ comments have prompted a closer look.
in 1971, the Project
Gutenberg Electronic Public Library’s ongoing purpose is
. . to make information, books and other materials available . . . in
forms a vast majority of the computers, programs and people can easily
read, use, quote, and search.
of space permits me to list only a tiny fraction of the texts in the
database (most in English):
Orations (Selected) [Latin]
Discourse on Method
Man from Snowy River
addition to Project Gutenberg, several further sources of literature in
electronic form exist on the Net. A significant one is Project
Bartleby at Columbia University. A couple of others are here
well and good, but for many people important questions remain. What’s
the use of having such literature on your PC? Who’d read Paradise
Lost from a screen, when they could curl up with it in an armchair?
Who wants to print out reams of loose-leaf paper containing the full
Sons and Lovers?
is part of P. G.’s answer:
want people to be able to look up quotations they heard in conversation,
movies, music, other books, easily with a library containing all these
quotations . . . You will be easily able to search an entire library,
without any program more sophisticated than a plain search program . . .
These . . . files are so plain that you can do a search on them without
even using an intermediate search program . . .
other words, the aim is to provide the world’s literature, not to be
read from cover to cover but for research purposes, taking advantage of
the computer’s power.