that I’ve been involved with
It’s all well and good to talk about curling up with a good book. What if the library is closed, and you can’t reach the bookshelf because the cat is sitting on your lap?
Do not despair. You can do all the reading you want right now in your browser, or on your phone, or on the internet-connected device of your choice. The question is, what will you get? It might be a page image:
or it might be raw OCR:
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Those have their uses—at least when nothing else is available. But what you really want is fully proofread, searchable text. That’s what you get here.
Unlike many ebook collections, there is no unifying theme here: books about a particular subject; novels on somebody’s Most Influential list; key reference works; the holdings of a specialized library. The only criterion is that the book caught my interest—and, usually, that there isn’t already a nice version online somewhere else. Unless otherwise noted, each book’s text is based on some specific, identified edition. But if another edition had more or prettier pictures, I’ve added those too.
Titles marked G were originally made (by me) for Project Gutenberg. The version you see here differs in some way—maybe with Added Value in linking and display options, or a wider range of responsive formats. Titles marked dp are the same, except that they came up through Distributed Proofreaders and should therefore be 100% guaranteed error-free. For the ’satiably curtious, here is a complete listing of the 300-odd Project Gutenberg books with my name on them, spanning the period 2004–2014.
For the heavily illustrated books I’ve included the size of the “images” directory so you know what you’re getting into. Unless otherwise noted, titles in each category are listed in alphabetical order, with the most recent title at the top.
The original texts are all out of copyright in the United States. If you live in a different country, it is up to you to check your own laws. Usually it’s the lifespan of the author plus some number of years—which can be tricky when a book is anonymous and undated.