Since it is National Book Lovers Day today, what better way to celebrate it than sharing a cool tool that offers you a treasure trove of free books: Project Gutenberg. The project is named in honor of Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of moveable type, which is widely credited as the most important innovation of the second millennium because of its influence on the printing revolution and the spread of literacy and knowledge.
Project Gutenberg compiles and catalogs books that have entered the public domain and offers them for free in several digital formats:
- Plain text,
- Kindle, and
- Even some audio books.
The project boasts more than 50,000 titles.
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The best use of the site is for finding those classic works of literature you haven’t got around to reading yet. A sample of the most popular downloads includes:
- Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Caroll,
- A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens,
- Adventures Of Hucklberry Finn by Mark Twain,
- Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, and
- The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare.
There are a few books for communications professionals, including the classic The Elements Of Style by William Strunk and Practical Grammar and Composition by Thomas Wood. And if you’re of a strategic mind, there is plenty to be learned from The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli.
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