Brilliant project that tidies up public domain ebooks.
Gutenberg and Internet Archive are wonderful resources, but the texts are poorly formatted for actual use, especially on ereaders.
This is a volunteer driven initiative to bring these texts up to date with modern standards and make them look as good as possible on the page.
Been re-reading Sherlock Holmes books from here. The books are really well done.
@necopinus Reading Don Quixote. It's a collection of 1000 tiny changes that go together to make a world of difference.
@ben Have you looked at all into Distributed Proofreaders (http://pgdp.net/)? It's a site full of volunteers digitizing books for Project Gutenberg, and AFAIK they are very stringent about formatting. I've done a good deal of proofreading for them and I think they ultimately offer multiple e-book formats alongside .txt when projects get posted to PG.
The resource you shared also sounds great, so thank you!
@greyor Nope, thanks for linking it! Really interesting
@ben After digging into your link, I see that the two projects have somewhat different goals. Either way, I love that old books are getting a new life digitally and for free!
@ben Awesome, the book for my next book club meeting is on there.
@ben This is wonderful, did not know the project.
While I favour paper myself, I can't wait to get home and dust off my kindle to load some books on there. I'll be on vacation in a few weeks, so they'll come in handy!
Ben's sort of single user mastodon instance.