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Old 11-09-2009, 12:25 PM   #1
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Project Gutenberg interview

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Old 11-09-2009, 12:43 PM   #2
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Good interview. In a sense, we are at a major decision cusp. Copyright extensions had occurred in obscurity, even the Sony Bono act of 1998 didn't really impinge upon the public awareness. This is no longer the case, and the next round , the secret ATCA treaty that is being worked on, is not going to be implemented with out much public outcry, this time around.
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Old 11-09-2009, 01:09 PM   #3
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I "met" Michael Hart via e-mail back in 2001 when I first created my hyper-linked Word document of Spinoza's Ethics. I had contacted him personally because at the time, P.G. only featured plain text files. (If memory serves me correctly, they referred to these files as being in a “plain vanilla wrapper.”) I believe my hyper-linked Ethics Word document was the first non-text-only file they offered. Mr. Hart was very helpful in walking me through the process of uploading it to Project Gutenberg, and even converted the word doc to back to plain text himself. With someone like him at the helm, it's not hard to see why Project Gutenberg has become so popular and grown like it has. I just hope his "passing the editor torch" doesn't negatively affect Project Gutenberg, although he's probably right to try to build an organization that isn't too dependent on one person.

It was in the Fall of 2001 that PG announced with pride that they had just crossed a major threshold: 4,000 books available for download. They now have over 30,000 texts, with an additional 100,000 available from their Partners, Affiliates and Resources.

The Word document of the Ethics (ethic10w.doc) has since disappeared from Project Gutenberg (although the text file remains), but if anyone’s interested, I recently converted it into MOBI format:

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=60283

and Superlucky converted that into a ePub:

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?p=637457

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Old 11-09-2009, 02:45 PM   #4
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I'm kinda with Hart on this. Hardly anyone ever mentions the public domain books Google has made available (although, by far, they're poor quality), just thinking of the grab for newer works, unless they're specifically talking about PD books in the first place.
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Good interview. In a sense, we are at a major decision cusp. Copyright extensions had occurred in obscurity, even the Sony Bono act of 1998 didn't really impinge upon the public awareness. This is no longer the case, and the next round , the secret ATCA treaty that is being worked on, is not going to be implemented with out much public outcry, this time around.
If it's as bad for the reading public as the SoB act of 1998, I hope it won't be implemented at all. I'm all for authors getting their due, but to receive (without needing to renew) an automatic life plus 70 years is absurd. It's just another bone for greedy copyright lawyers and lazy, live off the work of their relatives heirs.

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