Nzega Digital Library Initiative will incorporate eBooks from Project Gutenberg

PeerCorps-CeRD announces the incorporation of the Project Gutenberg collection of free eBooks into its offline community library effort in rural Tanzania.

Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books ever assembled. The current database contains 45,000 eBooks. Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg, invented eBooks in 1971 and was a long time advocate of the unlimited free distribution of literature. Access to eBooks, it has been said, can facilitate literacy. Literacy, and the ideas to be encountered in the unlimited access to literature, creates opportunity.

All books in the Project Gutenberg collection are freely distributable in the United States because their copyright has expired. For those works which are still under copyright, the copyright holders have given permission for unlimited non-commercial worldwide use.

PeerCorps-CeRD will incorporate the entire Project Gutenberg collection into its database of books for the Nzega community. The current total of eBooks within the Nzega Digital Library Initiative (NDLI) now surpasses 60,000. Some of the authors that are being obtained from the Project Gutenberg collection include: Alexandre Dumas, Frederick Douglass, Mark Twain, Immanuel Kant and Ida B. Wells. Titles from these and many other authors, will accompany the 15,000 eBooks in math, science, history, art and technology subjects currently in the NDLI collection.

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