Gutenberg Goodies Guide

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As the father of a voracious book loving young daughter, I quickly began to realize: I will NEVER have enough money to keep up with feeding that growing and ever curious mind of hers.

We read together every day, sometimes twice a day.  I used the word voracious because I swear, my daughter consumes books so quickly, you can almost hear her munching on them.

Despite having a large collection, before she was five years old, we ran out of books to re-re-re-re-read. You could almost hear her brain drying up and crackling from lack of new material.  Like the man-eating plant in the movie “Little Shop of Horrors”, her brain was crying out loudly and plaintively:  “Feed me Seymour, FEEEEEED me!”

Out of desperation, I scoured the internet for free books: Lo and behold, I discovered Project Gutenberg. Before you could say “There’s no place like home!” I had downloaded “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”, and we were reading along our new magical yellow brick road.

While the Gutenberg website is limited to books where the copyright has expired (mostly prior to early 1930’s), you would be surprised at the classics available, complete with original illustrations, from authors like Beatrix Potter, to Robert Louis Stevenson.

Multiple formats are supported (Epub for e-readers like Kindle and Kobo, PDF or HTML for tablets and computers), there is enough quality material to keep everyone young and old reading for at least one lifetime. There’s even an advanced search feature that allows you to search by category, author name, language, and more.

Here are a few quick links to get you started, but I do have one simple request: IF you download any books from Project Gutenberg, share some of the surprises you find there.  (I’m especially always looking for great illustrated children’s books).

Project Gutenberg’s Main page

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For Science Fiction lovers:

And remember share with me any great children’s books you discover!

Frank Verpaelst

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2 Responses to Gutenberg Goodies Guide

  1. Bonnie says:

    It must be genetic, given you and I are both also voracious readers! Munch, munch.

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