The first eBook was created almost 41 years ago, and credit for creating the first one goes to Michael Hart. Hart was given a $100,000 credit on an IBM mainframe computer in 1971, and decided to use this credit to develop an electronic storage, retrieval, and search system of library books – unheard of at the time – and created the first eBook. What was that title? The Declaration of Independence!
This initial beginning launched what is now called Project Gutenberg (http://www.gutenberg.org) – a site that has over 40,000 eBooks available on its site, with affiliate / linking sources to over 100,000 eBooks on it – and all of them are free, and most are available in a variety of eBook reader formats.
When is the last time you hit the Project Gutenberg for free eBooks? If you’ve never tried it, I highly recommend it.
All of the content is in the public domain, and the majority of the titles I have seen are available in the Kindle format –each title has been painstakingly typed up and proofed by a group of worldwide volunteers. I have rediscovered many titles I enjoyed reading growing up plus many more I have never been exposed.
You can read them on your computer, or transfer them to your Kindle. If you download a Kindle book from the site, you will need to transfer it to your computer to your Kindle. Click here to read my post on how to do that procedure – this is the same text of the title I charge 99 cents for in the Amazon Kindle store, but the blog readers can read it for free.
So, go check out Project Gutenberg and discover / rediscover a classic!
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