Project Gutenberg

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Project Gutenberg (open in new window), abbreviated as PG, is a volunteer effort to digitize, archive, and distribute cultural works. Founded in 1971 by Michael Hart, it is the oldest digital library. Most of the items in its collection are the full texts of public domain books. The project tries to make these as free as possible, in long-lasting, open formats that can be used on almost any computer. As of April 2007, Project Gutenberg claimed over 21,000 items in its collection. Project Gutenberg is affiliated with many projects that are independent organizations which share the same ideals, and have been given permission to use the Project Gutenberg trademark.


Project Gutenberg (open in new window)


Collection of thousands of ebooks in a wide variety of subject areas that were published before 1923


Thousands of ebooks in a wide variety of subject areas.



Time Span

pre - 1923