Surviving Quarantine: Plugging Project Gutenberg

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So we are all stuck at home for the foreseeable future, with all that entails. It’s not fun, of course, but it’s necessary.

What to do?

Well, it’s a great opportunity for catching up on those books that have been sitting on your shelf, unread for years. We all have them – I certainly do.

However, in the event that you are stuck without fresh reading material for a prolonged period of time, without access to libraries, I can strongly recommend Project Gutenberg. I’m a heavy user myself, and I suspect that most of you out there already know about it, but on the off-chance you don’t… it’s an online selection of Public Domain texts. Think older books, for which the copyright has long since expired, or which pre-date copyright altogether. It’s a great (and completely free) way of catching up on literary classics via the internet.

So go ahead and check it out. There are worse ways to spend 2020 than checking out old books from the comfort of your sofa. Meanwhile, stay safe, and don’t panic. 🙂

2 thoughts on “Surviving Quarantine: Plugging Project Gutenberg

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  2. It’s probably an age thing, but these days I find myself searching for specific works or authors on Google, which might send you to equally useful collections like archive.org. I love this site though. It’s a sort of children’s Gutenberg, very nicely laid out and easy to read

    http://www.gatewaytotheclassics.com/browse/authors_browse_all.php?

    The site is American but there is a great selection of books by the Scottish writer H.E. (Henrietta) Marshall. E.g.

    Our Island Story (1905) — the definitive history of England or at least the memorable parts. Possibly an inspiration for ‘1066 and All That’ (Sellars and Yeatman 1930), which in turn may have prompted Marshall’s light-hearted reprise in her final work ‘Kings and Things’ (1937)
    http://www.gatewaytotheclassics.com/browse/display.php?author=marshall&book=island&story=_contents

    Our Empire Story (1908) — self-explanatory. Has lots about Australia and New Zealand. Probably not on the library shelf nowadays
    http://www.gatewaytotheclassics.com/browse/display.php?author=marshall&book=empire&story=_contents

    This Country of Ours (1917) — history of the USA
    http://www.gatewaytotheclassics.com/browse/display.php?author=marshall&book=country&story=_contents

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