This week Project Gutenberg has completed the digital conversion of its 40 thousandth ebook. This comes just in time for “Read An eBook Week,” running from March 6-12.
Project Gutenberg is a non-profit group started in 1971. Its goal was to create free electronic versions of literary works and disseminate them worldwide. Its first title, the The United States Declaration of Independence, was released on 4 July 1971. Withing a week it was downloaded by 6 users, an impressive number for pre-Internet days.
Project Gutenberg completed its 10th ebook in 1989, and its 100th in 1994. This year, in time for its 40th anniversary, PG has finished 40 thousand conversions. Counting the contributions of its partners, PG now offers 100 thousand titles for download.