[gmonthly] Project Gutenberg Monthly Newsletter

Michael S. Hart hart at pglaf.org
Mon Feb 21 10:07:15 PST 2011

The Project Gutenberg Monthly Newsletter--Feb. 21, 2010

eBooks Readable By Both Humans And Computers Since 1971
If you find errors please send them to errors at pglaf.org

The 40th Anniversary of PG eBooks is July 4, 2010!!!!!!

We Should Reach 39,900 Internally Created eBooks Today!

100 To Go To #40,000


READ AN eBOOK wEEK IS MARCH 6-12:  Details at:



As you will see from the the figures presented below it
appears we will produce our 40,000th internally created
eBook sometime in the next month.  At 10 eBook per day,
this could possibly be ready for READ AN eBOOK WEEK!!!

We Are Giving Away More eBooks!!!

We Averaged about 140,000 eBooks handed out per day for
the period since Christmas Day, but just now is falling
below that average for the past week.

If we do manage to continue with an average of ~137,000
http://www. gutenberg.org May Hand Out 50 MILLION Books
during the the year.

Our output of eBooks from http://www.gutenberg.org is a
2011 average of ~140,000/day up from ~120,000 in 2010.

This seems to be fairly constant increase, after a week
of over one million starting on Christmas Day.

If we continue to average 140,000 per day this year, we
will give away OVER 50 MILLION eBOOKS at this one site!

But, things appear to have slowed down a bit this week:

Downloaded Books 2011-02-20

2011-02-20       135,034
last 7 days      920,027
last 30 days   4,124,685

As we listed the previous months:

Downloaded Books 2010-12-20

yesterday        124,464
last 7 days      852,824
last 30 days   3,657,360

Downloaded Books 2011-01-20

2011-01-20       139,316
last 7 day       991,641
last 30 days   4,440,451

Please note the serious increase!!!

I can only presume this is due to an extraordinary big
holiday gift giving, and something to expect yearly in
the near future.


This Really Is "The Year of the eBook!!!"


We reached nearly 39,900 eBooks early today.

We will reach 100,000 total PG eBooks with 75,000 from


[Subtracting ~15,000 for duplication]

22 Months to The End of the World Via Mayan Calendaring
on December 21, 2012 [some now saying October 11, 2011]

Leaving 1 years 10 months, 7 1/3 seasons, or 22 months.
[OR Leaving 0 years, 8 months, 2 2/3 seasons. . ..]
[All bracketed figures minus 10 days, of course.]

Not to worry, I will still make long range predictions,
such as that there will be affordable petabytes [2021],
and enough eBooks to fill an entire petabyte around the
same time.  Current long range prediction for drives:
1 petabyte drives in 2025, possibly even in 2022, along
with 1 terabyte solid state drives [SSDs].  1 petabyte=
enough storage for every word ever published, 1 billion
books of 1 million characters each.

>From Feb. 21, 2011 to December 21, 2012 is 22 Months.

Feb 21, 2011 to October 11, 2011 is 8 Months -10 days.


We need more volunteers for these projects with about 6
months to go before our 40th birthday. . . .

My own particular project is proofreading Alice to some
level of perfection and I'd love it if 100 people would
read Alice along with me in the next six months!

So far we have a couple proofreading Alice, and we need
some for Sherlock Holmes and for Pride and Prejudice.

So far we have one volunteer working on each of these.

We need some vol who can use COMP/DIFF related programs
such as WDIFF, etc., to note differences between eBooks.

Several Major New Projects Are In The Works. . . .

Right now looking for volunteers to fine tooth comb PG
eBooks of Alice In Wonderland, Through Looking-Glass &
Hunting Of The Snark for errors!!!  See #7 below.

Also during this last two weeks before the US election
is the last time for two years you can ask politicians
about their stance on copyright and possibly get a lot
more than either silence or "I don't know."

40th Year Special Projects!!!

We have several special projects we will be starting on
or around July 4, and if you have a project you like to
work on, why not send us a note and see if we can get a
team of volunteers to help.

Our newest project is to solicit suggestions where this
project should be in it's 50th year.  Suggestions are:

1.  Make it more obvious that PG wants error messages--
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2.  Make it more obvious that PG will send DVD's so the
    people who have to pay by the megabyte can use PG.

3.  An extensive library of human read audiobooks.

4.  Please make it more obvious how to do PG eBooks for
    Kindle, Sony, nook, and other eReaders.

5.  More current books under Creative Commons licenses.
    More apps for cellphones.  A model to encourage new
    writers to share their work in the same spirit.
    Showcase how people who used to be on the bad sides
    of various digital divides enjoyed and benefitted.

6.  Please add more bookshelves, particularly one to do
    eBooks from each country and make sure each one has
    at least one eBook to show how it can be done.

7.  Proofread the Top 100 or so downloaded books to the
    point where we they approach perfection.

So right now I'd like as many volunteers as possible to
let me know they would like like to proofread Top Tens.

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More New Projects We Listed Before

Pro-Active Information About New Copyright Extensions

As many of you know, just 5 years ago or so Australia's
Parliament voted a resolution to resist those copyright
extensions that had recently taken place in the US, EU,
and other locations, but only a few years later tumbled
into line after a few rounds of economic warfare levied
upon them by The Mouse or other long copyright holders.

Something on the same order appears to be happening for
copyrights in Canada, so please keep an eye out and let
us know what you see.

What many of you may not remember is how the copyrights
were extended in the U.S. in 1998 and 1976 without even
anything like the publicity in Australia or recently in
Canada where it appears they might be the first country
to actually resist such economic warfare efforts.

If you don't think this deserves the term "warfare" and
that it is really not such, perhaps you should consider
that the 1998 U.S. Copyright Act was passed at the same
time as President Clinton's impeachment bill was passed
and done behind closed doors in a "voice vote" where it
was not recorded who voted which way.

Many people have asked why President Clinton could have
been impeached when it would so obviously fail with far
more votes missing that would have made it interesting.

What they do NOT do is answer that question by listing,
even with just a short list, the other bills that their
special interests got passed, hidden behind smokescreen
politics created by the impeachment.

This is very powerful political maneuvering, and should
be brought to light, even if it cannot be stopped.

Perhaps there is time enough to shed light on these new
bills coming up to continue the ad infinitum extensions
of copyright that have changed the U.S. from having the
shortest copyright terms to having the longest in those
89 years from 1909 to 1998 when U.S. copyright extended
from 42 years maximum with rewnewals to 95 years and no
renewal required. . .even though 92% of all books would
never be renewed via the simple paperwork and the small
nominal fee that was required.

If nothing is done to dissuade Congress from doing this
The Supreme Court has already given them the power from
their point of view to extend as long as they want, and
that makes permanent copyright of Mickey Mouse a given,
and everything else of that era along with it including
Winnie The Pooh [1928 and 1926, respectively.]  The new
current U.S. copyrights already date back to 1923 so it
is obvious that Disney has the powerful vested interest
required to keep the lobbying pressure on Congress.

It should be noted that in The Supreme Court case lists
of Eldred v Ashcroft [originally set as Hart v Reno] it
was the Disney representative who got the best seats as
Eric Eldred was confined to the back row as Rosa Parks,
who won her case, and didn't have to sit in the back of
the bus, but had to sit in the back of the courtroom.

Hopefully there is time enough and interst enough to do
something to bring attention to this matter before vote
time for the next such copyright extension.

If they pass another such extension, the odds are we'll
have no more public domain books for Project Gutenberg.

[Apologies for any rough spots here, or not enough good
new materials, Greg and I have been on the road a week,
and are just getting back into the swing of things.]

More About The New Volunteer Support Listed Below

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provide more alternatives for eBook production and also
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For added eBook production alternatives, we should also
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Obviously our distribution via our web sites or DVDs is
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Improved Support For Our Project Gutenberg Volunteers

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If any of you are willing to help me help them overcome
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Sometimes these are a simple as helping someone who has
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If you feel you have the ability to make up for some of
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"Blue Pencil" is the publisher/editor term for comments
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"Whitewasher" is a term I invented long ago to name the
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the editors to see each and every book and to put these
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NB  Two people, including our CEO tried to help me with
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not something they ever wanted to do again.  So, kudos,
and plenty of them, to those who are willing to be last
in the lineup to take the ultimate responsibility of an
eBook's final content, format and appearance!!!

However we should add that Greg Newby and I have always
championed the fact that some of our volunteers should/
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exception for obvious spelling and formatting errors.

We have always had a few such volunteers that we took a
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We have some who submit perhaps one book per month, and
others that take a year or longer between books.

Please let me know if you are willing to help.

Timeline Events

As you can see in our Grand Total figures below we have
just passed 39,500 titles this past month and will have
40,000 eBooks during our 40th year celebration, 1,000 a
month over 40 years doesn't sound like much, but we are
on track right now to do around 4,000 this year.

We are currently giving away about 140,000 books a day,
just through the one single site:  http://gutenberg.org
~4.5 million eBooks per month or ~50 million per year!

In 2000 USB flash drives were just getting started with
8M "IBM Memory Sticks" available for about $60 and also
16M and 32M size were available.

Today 1,000 times as much memory, 8G, is available from
over the counter stores for $15.

I bought terabye pocket drives over the holidays $99 at .

I just bought a somewhat larger "terabyte pocket drive"
for $50 over the counter.  Larger is a relative term in
this case, it's still pocket-sized, but just requires a
doubly larger pocket and the weight is noticeable and a
"wall wart" power supply is required, so _I_ should NOT
think the term "pocket-sized would be appropriate but I
bought it anyway, sight unseen, due to misunderstanding
or being misled by the advertizing.

Still, it's no larger and not much heavier than a book,
and it will hold 2.5 million such books in .zip format.

Think for just a moment about how much a terabyte would
cost you back in the year 2000, how much power it took,
and how hard it would be to fill it up.

Google wouldn't even announce its "invention" of eBooks
for about 5 more years, Project Gutenberg wouldn't have
10,000 titles for another 2 3/4 years, so just think of
the changes we have in store by 2020, the next decade.

We should all be considering getting petabytes if we do
have them already by then, and all of the findable book
titles that are public domain should have been put into
at least some eReadable formats, if not most or all.

It should be simple to hold each word ever published, a
billion books of a million pages each, uncompressed and
2.5 billion such titles, using compressed formats which
should be the default by then.

However, the rules will likely have been changed again,
and perhaps yet again, to stop the public domain and to
insure that copyright is more and permanent not so much
for the additional few percent in sales, but mostly for
the purpose of preserving and protecting:

"The Digital Divide."

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We have yet another Project Gutenberg Web Page coming!

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1894 Dr. Johnson Edition of:
The Complete Works of Shakespeare collection.
Missing volumes 2 & 6.  Got all the other volumes for a
couple dollars at a garage sale, but will pay 20 dollars
each for for volumes 2 & 6.


I got a book this week called "Generation Change," that
lists "150 Ways We Can Change Ourselves, Our Country,
and Our World."  Most of these 150 items come with some
suggestion of sites to visit on the Internet.  #1 is:


"Generation Change" is available from:


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Let us know if you have any of these and can test them,
or would like to optimize for any other devices.

There are 4.5 billion such devices in the world, versus
only 1.15 billion computers, and more and more readers,
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I'd like to provide as much useful information as possible
about e-books (freely) available on the web, where to find


And secondly, to offer people the opportunity to help out,
producing e-text for PG, in first instance by doing a first
round of proofreading on texts I deliver.

People who want to do more are welcome to and can count on

in going through the process from start to finish.

Experienced proofers who enjoy working on a complete book
are also very welcome.

Marc D'Hooge
marcdH at belgium-mail.com





Suggestions are more than welcome how to publicize this
upcoming event before it even starts to happen!!!

Apparently everyone is keeping silent about the various
copyright extensions coming up in Canada and the U.S.

In just a few years yet another bill will be introduced
in the U.S. Congress to extend copyright that has quite
literally been extended from 14 years to 115 years.

Here's Why We Need To Start Before The Issue Arises!!!

When the last Australian Copyright Act was discussed in
Parliament, they passed a resolution stating they would
NOT extend copyrights.


However, just three years later, under economic warfare
from, shall we just say, outside sources, they crumbled
to the pressure and gave in.

The Canadian Parliament is currently in that position--
and while some tell me they have enough signatures from
those against any extensions, I will bet you lunch that
they, too, crumble before it is over.

I would gladly lose every one of those wagers!!!

Further Information

As you may already know, any time the copyrights in the
characters Winnie the Pooh [1926], or The Mouse [1928],
start coming close to expiration The U.S. Congress will
be sure to start a very quiet frenzy of copyright bills
that are designed to go into effect before anything can
happen to those two copyrights.

As I understand it, Disney(R) made a huge lobby effort,
successful, to create the 1976 U.S. Copyright Act; paid
as a result an additional $200 million for the right to
another 20 years of Winnie the Pooh, and still made the
fabled laughing trip to the bank as a result, since the
effective date of 1978.

As a result I have to imagine their sales of The Mouse,
Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, etc., must have been predicted
to be so terribly large as to devour Avatar's gross.

Given that next bill passed right in the middle of what
must have been the busiest day in Congress for the last
few decades, the impeachment of President Clinton, this
means we should expect something of equal secrecy quite
soon, as the current copyright extension runs out 2018.

Usually they would make an effort to pass the new one a
session or two early, such as in 2016, but given that a
snag or two has hit before, we should probably look out
starting in 2015, though it will be hard to see.


Even during the election just before the last extension
I went to ask televised press conference questions on a
new U.S. Copyright Act I had heard about, but candidate
responses were uniform. . ."I know nothing."

I would have to expect that even if the big anchors ask
the same question in 2015 they will get that answer.

Or non-answer.

>From what I have heard there is an ever larger movement
to keep everything copyrighted permanently, and to make
all media as pay-per-view as possible, to the points of
making all broadcast television pay-per-view on a first
viewing premise [except public stations].

We are very likely to see a dissolving out boundaries--
cable products showing up on network television and the
opposite direction as well.

What else CAN we expect when Comcast cable has been the
allowed buyer of NBC?

If you think programming won't leak over:

Consider what happened when Disney took over ABC.

Not only did Disney flood ABC with their own programmed
output, but they killed off the best of all cartoons.

Anyone remember Reboot?

I can put you in touch with many copyright experts, and
I fear that all of them underestimate the power working
to make copyright permanent, in spite of the fact words
"limited time" are the U.s. Constitution's description.

However, the U.s. Supreme Court decided that limited is
really unlimited in "Eldred v Ashcroft."

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I am looking for the earliest flash RAM possible.

The ideal piece around which to center this collection is
one of the 8 megabyte USBs.

The very earliest were PCMCIA cards, such as used for the
Poqet computer, etc.

The earliest USB flash drives were DisgoDizgo, M-Systems
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We received two examples of RAM actually labeled "Flash,"
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Thank you, Mate!


We need someone who can do PowerPoint illustrations.

One in particular, building a 3-D box of 1,000 dominoes.

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In addition, we will provide the PG Canada Newsletter and
totals from PG of Australia, Europe, PrePrints, etc.

These totals do NOT include 75,000+ at


Where there are eBooks representing over 100 languages.

The Project Gutenberg Statistical Report
[As of about noon Central Daylight Time]

Various totals from the ~39,000+ at


and our other Project Gutenberg Sites

Week up to February 21

      day       | cnt
 Mon 2011-02-14 |  16
 Tue 2011-02-15 |  10
 Wed 2011-02-16 |   4
 Thu 2011-02-17 |  11
 Fri 2011-02-18 |  13
 Sat 2011-02-19 |   9
 Sun 2011-02-20 |   3

Weekly total    =  66

Week up to January 21

      day       | cnt
 Fri 2011-01-14 |   7
 Sat 2011-01-15 |  20
 Sun 2011-01-16 |   7
 Mon 2011-01-17 |  11
 Tue 2011-01-18 |   4
 Wed 2011-01-19 |   8
 Thu 2011-01-20 |  11

Weekly total    =  68

Week up to December 21

      day       | cnt
 Tue 2010-12-14 |   7
 Wed 2010-12-15 |  13
 Thu 2010-12-16 |  11
 Fri 2010-12-17 |   1
 Sat 2010-12-18 |   8
 Sun 2010-12-19 |  12
 Mon 2010-12-20 |   8

Weekly total    =  60

Week up to November 21

      day       | cnt
 Sun 2010-11-14 |  14
 Mon 2010-11-15 |  11
 Tue 2010-11-16 |  10
 Wed 2010-11-17 |   9
 Thu 2010-11-18 |  12
 Fri 2010-11-19 |   4
 Sat 2010-11-20 |  11

Weekly total    =  71

Week up to October 21

      day       | cnt
 Thu 2010-10-14 |  10
 Fri 2010-10-15 |  18
 Sat 2010-10-16 |  10
 Sun 2010-10-17 |   9
 Mon 2010-10-18 |  15
 Tue 2010-10-19 |  10
 Wed 2010-10-20 |  10

Weekly total    =  77

[Note:  last two months
were often much lower]

Week up to September 21

      day       | cnt
 Tue 2010-09-14 |  10
 Wed 2010-09-15 |   4
 Thu 2010-09-16 |   7
 Fri 2010-09-17 |  12
 Sat 2010-09-18 |   5
 Sun 2010-09-19 |   7
 Mon 2010-09-20 |  19

Weekly total    =  64

Week up to August 21

      day       | cnt
 Sat 2010-08-14 |   8
 Sun 2010-08-15 |   9
 Mon 2010-08-16 |   7
 Tue 2010-08-17 |   7
 Wed 2010-08-18 |   7
 Thu 2010-08-19 |   5
 Fri 2010-08-20 |   5

Weekly total    =  48

[Lots of people on vacation]

Week up to July 21

      day       | cnt
 Wed 2010-07-14 |   9
 Thu 2010-07-15 |  21
 Fri 2010-07-16 |   6
 Sat 2010-07-17 |   6
 Sun 2010-07-18 |   6
 Mon 2010-07-19 |   5
 Tue 2010-07-20 |   9

Weekly total    =  62

Week up to June 21

      day       | cnt
 Mon 2010-06-14 |  15
 Tue 2010-06-15 |  10
 Wed 2010-06-16 |  17
 Thu 2010-06-17 |  20
 Fri 2010-06-18 |  20
 Sat 2010-06-19 |  17
 Sun 2010-06-20 |  35

Weekly total    = 134

Week up to May  21

      day       | cnt
 Fri 2010-05-14 |   8
 Sat 2010-05-15 |  20
 Sun 2010-05-16 |   7
 Mon 2010-05-17 |   7
 Tue 2010-05-18 |  12
 Wed 2010-05-19 |  25
 Thu 2010-05-20 |  19

Weekly total    =  88

week up to Apr. 21

      day       | cnt
 Wed 2010-04-14 |  14
 Thu 2010-04-15 |  11
 Fri 2010-04-16 |  12
 Sat 2010-04-17 |  19
 Sun 2010-04-18 |  12
 Mon 2010-04-19 |  19
 Tue 2010-04-20 |   7

Weekly total    =  94

week up to Mar. 21

      day       | cnt
 Sun 2010-03-14 |   9
 Mon 2010-03-15 |  16
 Tue 2010-03-16 |  11
 Wed 2010-03-17 |  12
 Thu 2010-03-18 |  16
 Fri 2010-03-19 |   6
 Sat 2010-03-20 |  11

Weekly total    =  81

Week up to Feb. 21

      day       | cnt
 Sun 2010-02-14 |   5
 Mon 2010-02-15 |  12
 Tue 2010-02-16 |  10
 Wed 2010-02-17 |  16
 Thu 2010-02-18 |  11
 Fri 2010-02-19 |   4
 Sat 2010-02-20 |   4

Weekly total    =  62

Week up to Jan. 21st:

      day       | cnt
 Thu 2010-01-14 |   8
 Fri 2010-01-15 |  13
 Sat 2010-01-16 |  16
 Sun 2010-01-17 |   8
 Mon 2010-01-18 |  12
 Tue 2010-01-19 |   5
 Wed 2010-01-20 |  11

Weekly total    =  73

Previous Month  12/09

      day       | cnt
 Mon 2009-12-14 |  11
 Tue 2009-12-15 |   4
 Wed 2009-12-16 |   4
 Thu 2009-12-17 |  10
 Fri 2009-12-18 |   7
 Sat 2009-12-19 |   7
 Sun 2009-12-20 |   9

Previous month: 11/09

      day       | cnt
 Sat 2009-11-14 |   6
 Sun 2009-11-15 |   4
 Mon 2009-11-16 |   6
 Tue 2009-11-17 |   9
 Wed 2009-11-18 |   3
 Thu 2009-11-19 |   6
 Fri 2009-11-20 |   5

Weekly total    =  39

Thanks to Marcello Perathoner for these figures!


Here are the current language totals
for languages with 100 or more eBooks.

February 21st

Grand total for today: 35246

     1  29549   English en
     2  1747    French  fr
     3  743     German  de
     4  569     Finnish fi
     5  516     Dutch   nl
     6  510     Portuguese      pt
     7  405     Chinese zh
     8  299     Spanish es
     9  269     Italian it
    10  125     Greek   el

January 21st

Grand total for today: 34931

     1  29295   English en
     2  1723    French  fr
     3  730     German  de
     4  563     Finnish fi
     5  513     Dutch   nl
     6  505     Portuguese      pt
     7  405     Chinese zh
     8  299     Spanish es
     9  266     Italian it
    10  122     Greek   el

December 21st

Grand total for today: 34616

     1  29054   English en
     2  1709    French  fr
     3  724     German  de
     4  551     Finnish fi
     5  508     Dutch   nl
     6  494     Portuguese      pt
     7  405     Chinese zh
     8  298     Spanish es
     9  262     Italian it
    10  110     Greek   el

Grand total for today: 34291

November 21st

     1  28791   English en
     2  1685    French  fr
     3  718     German  de
     4  544     Finnish fi
     5  501     Dutch   nl
     6  488     Portuguese      pt
     7  405     Chinese zh
     8  297     Spanish es
     9  255     Italian it
    10  108     Greek   el

Grand total for today: 33980

October 21st

     1  28548   English en
     2  1664    French  fr
     3  713     German  de
     4  540     Finnish fi
     5  497     Dutch   nl
     6  473     Portuguese      pt
     7  405     Chinese zh
     8  296     Spanish es
     9  253     Italian it
    10  102     Greek   el

Grand total for today: 33676

September 21st

     1  28304   English en
     2  1652    French  fr
     3  706     German  de
     4  534     Finnish fi
     5  493     Dutch   nl
     6  467     Portuguese      pt
     7  405     Chinese zh
     8  294     Spanish es
     9  244     Italian it
    10  100     Greek   el

August 21st

     1  28047   English en
     2  1633    French  fr
     3  701     German  de
     4  532     Finnish fi
     5  487     Dutch   nl
     6  460     Portuguese      pt
     7  405     Chinese zh
     8  292     Spanish es
     9  244     Italian it

Please note:

    10  97      Greek   el

July 21st

Grand total for today: 33108

     1  27832   English en
     2  1617    French  fr
     3  692     German  de
     4  531     Finnish fi
     5  482     Dutch   nl
     6  456     Portuguese      pt
     7  405     Chinese zh
     8  287     Spanish es
     9  244     Italian it

June 21st

Grand total for today: 32841

1  27597   English en
2  1605    French  fr
3  685     German  de
4  529     Finnish fi
5  481     Dutch   nl
6  450     Portuguese      pt
7  405     Chinese zh
8  287     Spanish es
9  244     Italian it

May 21st

Grand total for today: 32366

1  27176   English en
2   1598   French  fr
3    680   German  de
4    527   Finnish fi
5    479   Dutch   nl
6    433   Portuguese      pt
7    405   Chinese zh
8    287   Spanish es
9    242   Italian it

Apr 21st

Grand total for today: 31975

26832   English en
1590    French  fr
674     German  de
526     Finnish fi
476     Dutch   nl
424     Portuguese      pt
405     Chinese zh
284     Spanish es
236     Italian it

N.B.  Portuguese added as many as any other language,
up to the top two, of course, tied for third.

What do we need to do to get Spanish up and running?

Mar 21st

Grand total for today: 31616

26540   English en
1568    French  fr
662     German  de
524     Finnish fi
472     Dutch   nl
410     Portuguese      pt
405     Chinese zh
283     Spanish es
235     Italian it

Feb. 21st

Grand total for today: 31234

26241   English en
1557    French  fr
647     German  de
521     Finnish fi
470     Dutch   nl
405     Chinese zh
395     Portuguese      pt
275     Spanish es
234     Italian it

Jan. 21st

Grand total for today: 30935

25995   English en
1547    French  fr
628     German  de
518     Finnish fi
459     Dutch   nl
405     Chinese zh
391     Portuguese      pt
274     Spanish es
230     Italian it

Compared to the last month:

Grand total

25757   English en
1520    French  fr
618     German  de
515     Finnish fi
453     Dutch   nl
405     Chinese zh
376     Portuguese      pt
270     Spanish es
220     Italian it

Compared to previous month's:

Grand total for today: 30399

25587   English en
1498    French  fr
614     German  de
515     Finnish fi
451     Dutch   nl
404     Chinese zh
371     Portuguese      pt
268     Spanish es
218     Italian it

Previous increases:


All Reported Languges

Not counting PrePrints, Canada, Australia, PG Europe

Thanks to Greg Newby!


>From Project Gutenberg Sites Worldwide

[Don't forget ~75,000 at http://www.gutenberg.cc in .pdf]

February 21st

Grand total for today:

35,246  up from 34,931   up   315  PG General Automated Count
 1,915  -- from  1,915   --     0  PG of Australia
   761@ up from    756   up     5@ PG of Europe [REVISED!!!]
 2,009  up from  2,009   up     0  PG PrePrints, Reserved
   727  up from    701   up    26  PG of Canada

39,897  UP from 39,556   UP   341  Grand Total [Off by 0]

January 21st

Grand total for today:

34,931  up from 34,616   up   315  PG General Automated Count
 1,915  -- from  1,915   --     0  PG of Australia
   756@ up from    749@  up     7@ PG of Europe [REVISED!!!]
 2,009  up from  2,009   up     0  PG PrePrints, Reserved
   701  up from    678   up    18  PG of Canada

39,556  UP from 39,218   UP   333/334  Grand Total [Off by 1]

December 21st

Grand total for today:

34,616  up from 34,291   up   325  PG General Automated Count
 1,915  up from  1,890   up    25  PG of Australia
   749@ up from    742@  up     7@ PG of Europe [REVISED!!!]
 2,009  up from  2,009   up     0  PG PrePrints, Reserved
   678  up from    660   up    18  PG of Canada

39,218  UP from 38,850   UP   368/368  Grand Total [Off by 0]

November 21st

Grand total for today:

34,291  up from 33,980   up   311  PG General Automated Count
 1,890  up from  1,890   up     0  PG of Australia
   749@ up from    736@  up    13@ PG of Europe [REVISED!!!]
 2,009  up from  2,009   up     0  PG PrePrints, Reserved
   660  up from    639   up    21  PG of Canada
38,850  UP from 38,518   UP   332  Grand Total  [Off by 0]

October 21st

Grand total for today:

33,980  up from 33,676   up   304  PG General Automated Count
 1,890  up from  1,871   up    19  PG of Australia
   736@ up from    728@  up    12@ PG of Europe [REVISED!!!]
 2,009  up from  2,009   up     0  PG PrePrints, Reserved
   639  up from    619   up    20  PG of Canada
38,518  UP from 38,175   UP   343  Grand Total  [Off by 0]

September 21st

Grand total for today:

33,676  up from 33,372   up   304  PG General Automated Count
 1,871  up from  1,870   up     1  PG of Australia
   728@ up from    723@  up     5@ PG of Europe [REVISED!!!]
 2,009  up from  2,008   up     1  PG PrePrints, Reserved
   619  up from    598   up    21  PG of Canada
38,175  UP from 37,848   UP   327  Grand Total

Please note we have have been asked to presume all PG Europe
entries are being included in the top line.  However, I hope
we will eventually hear this is not the case and grand total
figures are somewhere in between:

August 21st

Grand total for today:

33,372  up from 33,108   up   264  PG General Automated Count
 1,870  up from  1,866   up     4  PG of Australia
   723@ up from    719@  up     3@ PG of Europe [REVISED!!!]
 2,008    --     2,008   --     0  PG PrePrints, Reserved
   598  up from    576   up    22  PG of Canada
37,848  up from 37,588   UP   260  Grand Total

Please note we have have been asked to presume all PG Europe
entries are being included in the top line.  However, I hope
we will eventually hear this is not the case and grand total
figures are somewhere in between:

This WOULD have appeared as follows under the old system:

38,571  up from 38,277   up   294  Grand Total  [off by 2]

[41 entries are still listed as reserved, and the automated
count still seems to have missed about 100 completed eBooks
but I'm leaving both of those out for the moment.]

July 21st

Grand total for today:

33,108  up from 32,841   up   257  PG General Automated Count
 1,866  up from  1,854   up    12  PG of Australia
   719@ up from    716   up     3@ PG of Europe [REVISED!!!]
 2,008    --     2,008   --     0  PG PrePrints, Reserved 42?
   576  up from    558   up    18  PG of Canada
37,588  DN from 37,977   DN   489  Grand Total

This WOULD have appeared as follows under the old system:

38,277  up from 37,977   up   292  Grand Total  [off by 2]

As above:

Please note that the Project Gutenberg of Europe entries have
apparently all been fed to general Project Gutenberg counting
systems, though I was originally told they were not due to an
apparently different copyright system.  However I am told now
that they all were selected to work under US copyright.

I will continue to research this and make updates.

I think I made an error here, beyone the "off by 2" so if you
figure this out better, please let me know.

Right now I'm just taking people's word for all this and will
have to make future updates and announcements, but give these
weeks included the start of our 40th year, I wanted to made a
change at this time for recording purposes of this year.

June 21st

Grand total for today:

32,841 up from 32,366   up   475  PG General Automated Count
 1,854 up from  1,851   up     3  PG of Australia [Vacation]
   716 up from    712   up     4  PG of Europe
 2,008   --     2,008   --     0  PG PrePrints, Reserved 42?
   558 up from    536   up    22  PG of Canada
37,977 up from 37,473   up   504  Grand Total

May 21st

Grand totals for today:

32,366 up from 31,975   up   391  PG General Automated Count
 1,851 up from  1,845   --     5  PG of Australia [Vacation]
   712 up from    704   up     8  PG of Europe
 2,008   --     2,008   --     0  PG PrePrints, Reserved 42?
   536 up from    521   up    17  PG of Canada
37,473 up from 37,053   up   421  Grand Total [found lost 1!]

Apr 21st

Grand totals for today:

31,975 up from 31,616   up   359  PG General Automated Count
 1,851 up from  1,845   --     5  PG of Australia [???]
   704 up from    699   up     5  PG of Europe
 2,008   --     2,008   --     0  PG PrePrints, Reserved 42?
   521 up from    504   up    17  PG of Canada
37,054 up from 36,672   up   386  Grand Total[off by 1]

700th PGEu eBook Posted!!!
Serving over 2,000 users in 24 hours.

Mar 21st

Grand totals for today:

31,616 up from 31,234   up   382  PG General Automated Count
 1,845 up from  1,842   up     3  PG of Australia
   699 up from    684   up    15  PG of Europe
 2,008   --     2,008   --     0  PG PrePrints, Reserved 42?
   504 up from    486   up    18  PG of Canada
36,672 up from 36,254   up   418  Grand Total

Feb 21st

Grand totals for today:

31,234 up from 30,935   up   299  PG General Automated Count
 1,842 up from  1,834   up     8  PG of Australia
   684 up from    680   up     4  PG of Europe
 2,008   --     2,008   up     0  PG PrePrints, Reserved 42?
   486 up from    462   up    24  PG of Canada
                                  Posted #400 on October 10
                                  July: 14 (Title 349 to 362)
                                  Aug: 16 (Titles 363 to 378)
                                  Sep: 17 (Titles 379 to 395)
                                  Oct: 13 (Titles 396 to 408)
                                  Nov: 9 [up to November 21]
                                  Dec: 19[up to December 21]
36,254 up from 35,919   up   335

Jan 21st

Grand totals for today:

30,935 up from 30,613   up   322  PG General Automated Count
 1,834 up from  1,830   up     4  PG of Australia
   680 up from    664   up    16  PG of Europe
 2,008   --     2,008   up     0  PG PrePrints, Reserved 42?
   462 up from    436   up    26  PG of Canada
                                  Posted #400 on October 10
35,919 up from 35,551   up   368

Previous month:

35,551   up   240  [Not including Canada's illustrations]

35,311   up   235  [Including correcting above estimate by 2]

Note  There are perhaps 100 eBooks not listed here
that are already in circulation from Project Gutenberg.

Note  PG Canada includes English, French, and Italian.


Here is how we ended 2009

      day       | cnt
 Wed 2009-12-30 |   9
 Thu 2009-12-31 |  12
 Fri 2010-01-01 |   6
 Sat 2010-01-02 |  10
 Sun 2010-01-03 |   2
 Mon 2010-01-04 |  21
 Tue 2010-01-05 |   5

Weekly Total       65

December 21, 2009

Grand total for today: 30761  from automated in house counter

25866   English en
1531    French  fr
625     German  de
517     Finnish fi
455     Dutch   nl
405     Chinese zh
384     Portuguese      pt
270     Spanish es
225     Italian it

30,761  Up 3,145  From  27,616  PG General Automated Count
 1,830  Up   104  From   1,726  Project Gutenberg of Austr.
   675  Up   121  From     554  Project Gutenberg of Europe
   468  Up   243  From     225  Project Gutenberg of Canada

 2,008  DN   423  From   2,431  PrePrints [Subtracted 307

                            Chinese eBooks]
======   ======
35,742  Up 3,190  From  32,552  Grand Total [Counting


  9.825 eBooks Per Day
 68.773 eBooks Per Week
297.850 eBooks Per Month


Here is how we ended 2008

27,616   PG General Automated Count
 1,726   Project Gutenberg of Australia
   554   Project Gutenberg of Europe
   225   Project Gutenberg of Canada [Estimated]
         [202 up to December, no current report]
 2,431   PrePrints [Counting the 307 Chinese eBooks +111]
======   ======
32,552   Grand Total [Counting those PrePrints]

Here is how we ended 2007

The combined PG projects had produced a total of 26,161


The most number of books posted...
 ...in one day was 65 on the 26th December
 ...in one week was 151 in Week 18 (week ending 9th May)
 ...in one month was 477 in November

We averaged
338 per month [Over 4,000 for the year]
 78 per week
 11.13 per day

99 titles were newly REposted to the new filing system,

bringing us almost to the 2,000 mark.

Here is a small selection of project milestones;

100 eBooks in Greek as of September, 2010

TOTAL Original Project Gutenberg eBooks equals about
the number of books in the average U.S. public library
  32,500 on 20082121 [Counting the 307 Chinese Preprints]
                     [And presuming 3 after official count]
  32,000 on Calculating
  31,500 on 20081021 [not an error, 1,777 PrePrints]
  30,000 on 20081021
  29,500 on 20080919
  29,000 ~~ Calculating
  28,500 ~~ Calculating
  28,000 ~~ 20080516
  27,500 on 20080405

  27,000 ~~ 20080229
  26,500 on 20080126
  26,000 on 20071224
  25,000 on 20071012
  24,000 on 20070710
  23,000 on 20070415

  1,700 on 20081010
  1,600 on 20080208
  1,500 on 20070407

PG Canada
  175 on 20080930
  100 on 20080325
  110 on 20080417


Many thanks to all who have helped us reach our 40th year!

Michael S. Hart
Project Gutenberg

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