Doesn't seem possible that a year has gone by -- and yet, here it is again -- The World eBook Fair!
This year the theme is "Own Your Own Library". And with a little time and patience you could, indeed, download a library of books to keep you busy reading for a lifetime!
The Fair keeps growing. Last year it opened with over 666,000 downloadable, free titles. This year there are over 1,000,000!
The 2008 Fair showcases contributions by 100-plus eLibraries from around the world. There are books in every imaginable format and in over 100 languages.
The World eBook Fair is the brain child of Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg. Michael is the Godfather of eBooks. He started Project Gutenberg in 1971 to encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks. His idea was really simple -- provide as many free eBooks in as many formats as possible for the entire world to read in as many languages as possible. Today Project Gutenberg has over 100,000 books available for download as well as Audio Books and digitized sheet music.
While Michael is he founder of Project Gutenberg, the site has grown because of dedicated volunteers. Thousands of people have converted text and proofread each file. And you are the ultimate beneficiary since you can download them all for free.
I suppose that when the Fair talks about owning your own library this is NOT what they had in mind:
This amazing picture showed up on Boing Boing last week and was posted by Cory Doctorow. Evidently when it comes to books, there is no end of creativity in this world!
I love this picture! To do it full justice you need to go to the site and take a good look.
Go visit Project Gutenberg, download a few classics and spread the word!