Date: Tue, 20 May 1997 18:06:39 -0400 From: Bob Rankin
Reply-To: TOURBUS-Request@LISTSERV.AOL.COM To: TOURBUS@LISTSERV.AOL.COM Subject: TOURBUS - 20 May 1997 - Project Gutenberg /~~~~~~~~~|~~~~~~~~~~~~/~~~~~~~~|~~~~~~~~~~|~~~~~~~~~~~~~/~~~|~\ | "Why | Surf When / You Can | Ride The | Bus?" / | \ |__________|__________/__________|__________|___________/ | \ / /______|----\ | Visit the TOURBUS website to see the Archives, |//////| | | FAQ, and Subscription Information! |//////| | | http://www.TOURBUS.com |//////| | | |//////| | ~~~/~~~\~~/~~~\~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~/~~~\~~~~ \___/ \___/ T h e I n t e r n e t T o u r B u s \___/ TODAY'S TOURBUS TOPIC: Project Gutenberg TODAY'S TOURBUS STOP: http://www.promo.net/pg/ Project Gutenberg began in 1971 when founder Michael Hart was given an unexpected gift. As a lark, the computer operators at the Materials Research Lab at the University of Illinois gave him a computer account with $100,000,000 of computer time in it. Michael thought for an hour or so and announced that the greatest value created by computers would not be computing, but rather the storage and retrieval of the information that was stored in our libraries. And he also devised a clever plan to repay his hundred-million dollar "debt". Speaking of debt, I owe one to Joel Comm, virtual mayor of WorldVillage, for hosting the Internet Tourbus archives for almost a year. Now he and Bonnie Bruno have teamed up to create a pretty nifty book you should find interesting if you have kids who are interested in getting online. *---------------------------------------------------------------------* The long-awaited handbook to the Internet is finally here! Internet Family Fun, by Bonnie Bruno with Joel Comm is a parent's answer to navigating their family through the Net. With dozens of site reviews and loads of useful information, it's a steal at $14.95. Order online, and you can receive two bonus CD-Roms! Get your copy of Internet Family Fun today. *---------- http://www.worldvillage.com/familyfun/index.html ----------* Hart's Declaration ------------------ Hart proceeded to type in the "Declaration of Independence", and Project Gutenberg was born. Today there are hundreds of public domain works available through Project Gutenberg, and the three sections of the PG Library are described below: * Light Literature; such as Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass, Peter Pan, Aesop's Fables, etc. * Heavy Literature; such as the Bible or other religious documents, Shakespeare, Moby Dick, Paradise Lost, etc. * References; such as Roget's Thesaurus, almanacs, and a set of encyclopedia, dictionaries, etc. Hart's philosophy was that anything entered into a computer can be reproduced indefinitely. And theoretically, anyone in the world can have a copy of a book that has been entered into a computer. In an effort to make the Project Gutenberg "Etexts" as widely usable as possible, they are available in ASCII, or plain text format. Thus, people with most any type of computer - DOS, Apple, Atari, homebrew Z80s, Mac, UNIX or mainframe can read the Etexts without any special software. As Hart rightly says: "The Project Gutenberg Philosophy is to make information, books and other materials available to the general public in forms a vast majority of the computers, programs and people can easily read, use, quote, and search. Alice in Wonderland, the Bible, Shakespeare, the Koran and many others will be with us as long as civilization... an operating system, a program, a markup system... will not." Project Gutenberg's team of volunteers is close to producing their 1000th Etext, and they have an ambitious goal of completing the Electronic Public Library by the end of the year 2001. Some of their efforts have been hampered though, by legislation that has extended copyrights in several countries from 50 to 70 years after the author's death. You can read more about copyright issues on the PG site. Getting Involved ---------------- Project Gutenberg is a volunteer organization funded by private donations and a grant from Carnegie Mellon University. If you'd like to help in the work of preserving and distributing public domain literature, you can get involved in a variety of ways. Volunteers are needed to locate and scan texts, do editing, proofreading and other jobs. And since the funds to continue this work are always scarce, monetary donations are always welcome. If you would care to make a donation, no matter how small, to Project Gutenberg please mail it to: Project Gutenberg/CMU Post Office Box 2782 Champaign, IL 61825 USA Checks should be made out to "Project Gutenberg/CMU" and are tax deductible to the maximum allowable by law. Do something nice for your brain - unplug the television tonight and pay a visit to Project Gutenberg at http://www.promo.net/pg/ - then search for your favorite classic by author or title and curl up with a nice electronic book. Have a good read! --Bob ======================================================================== Join : Send SUBSCRIBE TOURBUS Your Name to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.AOL.COM Leave : Send SIGNOFF TOURBUS to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.AOL.COM Archives: On the Web at http://www.TOURBUS.com ----------------------------------------------------------------------- PROMOTE your business, service or storefront on the Internet Tourbus. It's one of the most effective and least expensive ways to advertise online. Reach over 80,000 people worldwide in a net-friendly way for a fraction of the cost of web banners. Our sponsors say "It works!" Make it work for you - contact BobRankin@MHV.net for details. ======================================================================== TOURBUS - (c) Copyright 1995-97, Patrick Crispen and Bob Rankin All rights reserved. Redistribution is allowed only with permission. Send this copy to 3 friends and tell them to get on the Bus!