Information Today
Volume 18, Issue 10 November 2001
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Project Gutenberg Reader Site Launched

The Project Gutenberg (PG) Reader Team has announced the launch of a free e-book site at http://www.pgreader.com. The PG Reader is a free online tool for reading the standard Project Gutenberg Etext files. According to the announcement, the PG Reader site strives to not only offer a convenient way to view the Project Gutenberg electronic texts through a browser, but also an easy way to search for and download them at a reader's convenience. The site is not directly affiliated with Project Gutenberg (http://www.promo.net/pg); the PG Reader simply uses the freely distributable Project Gutenberg files to display for free inside the Reader.

Written using Active Server Pages, the PG Reader allows users to view the standard Project Gutenberg Etexts in a convenient and intuitive way, according to the announcement. The site was created by Paul Mennega of Mennega Solutions, and is a continuing work in progress. According to Mennega, the entire site is database-driven, with a powerful query tool and lean design.

Currently, the site has only 70 Etext files available. It plans to add the entire Project Gutenberg collection shortly. This collection numbers in the thousands, all of which will be available for free. The site also allows visitors to request or submit Etexts. The PG Reader now fully supports multiple e-text publishers, and according to information on the site, will "soon be adding Etext files from a number of various sources."

Some of the site's features include searching by author and title, bookmarking, bibliographical information in several standard formats, the ability to change the font and font size used to display the Etexts, and navigating to specific pages. The site also provides lists of Best Rated, Most Popular, and Most Recently Added items and offers links to Amazon.com for purchasing the texts.

Source: Project Gutenberg Reader Team, Waterloo, ON, Canada, webmaster@pgreader.com; http://www.pgreader.com.

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