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Founded by Michael Hart in 1971, Project Gutenberg is an attempt to publish material which is both in non-electronic form and in the public domain on the net, thus becoming electronic and timeless. Many volunteers joined since then. Hart’s effort also resulted in the first “eBook” which Hart called an “eText” during that time. The project isn’t restricted to text only, as for example audio in the form of MP3 is published too. However, almost all content of Project Gutenberg consists of text from the first part of the 20th century and earlier. Books from various languages are published, most text content is in English. Not all published material has remained in the public domain. Some volunteers who published a text for the project chose to adopt a license instead, for example a “free for non-commercial usage”-type license.


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