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57,000 free GITenberg ebooks are now in Unglue.it

booksplusgitOver the past month, the Free Ebook Foundation’s GITenberg program has rebuilt and refreshed over 57,000 ebooks from Project Gutenberg, and has loaded them into Unglue.it. These books are mostly in the Public Domain. They join our collection of about 7000 open-licensed books that are still in-copyright. As a result of the growth of our free ebook collection, we recently passed the million-downloads mark, including half a million reflowable EPUB or Kindle texts. Unglue.it metadata is automatically updated using a system devised by a team of students from Stevens Institute of Technology.

GITenberg is a prototype project that explores how Project Gutenberg might work if all the Gutenberg texts were on Github, so that tools like version control, continuous integration, and pull-request workflow tools could be put to work. We hope that Project Gutenberg can take advantage of what we’ve learned; work in that direction has begun but needs resources and volunteers.  Go check it out!

This influx of content has put some stress on Unglue.it’s search capability. We understand that users often want to filter out the “classic” books. This is now possible using our “no-Gutenberg” facet. We’re working on deploying a revamped, mobile friendly redesign of Unglue.it that we think you’ll like. (Another team of Stevens students worked on that!)

For more details see the blog post on Go To Hellman

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