[gmonthly] Project Gutenberg Monthly Newsletter
Michael S. Hart
hart at pobox.com
Wed Oct 21 09:40:32 PDT 2009
Project Gutenberg Monthly Newsletter
The Project Gutenberg Monthly Newsletter--Oct. 21, 2009
eBooks Readable By Both Humans And Computers Since 1971
38 Months to The End of the World Via Mayan Calendaring
on December 21, 2012 [some now saying October 11, 2011]
Leaving 3 years 2 months, 12 2/3 seasons or 38 months.
Not to worry, I will still make long range predictions,
such as that there will be affordable petabytes ,
and enough eBooks to fill an entire petabyte around the
Headline News [and lots of it!]
Cell Phone Figures for Q3 of 2009 are out
1.2 Billion Cell Phones Sold in Last Year
20 Million iPhones
1.3 Million Macs
We are going to need a new site for cellphones!!!!!!!
WE NEED VOLUNTEERS TO CREATE
[Footnote: If we presume 4.8 billion total cellphones
accounts in operation in the last year. that means 1/4
of all cellphone users got new phones last year. This
constant upgrading is something I predict will keep us
on a rapid increase in cellphone functions, including,
but not limited to, books, calculators, browsers, etc.
I heard on NPR this week that more persons read eBooks
on cellphones than on computers or anything else.]
1800th eBook From Project Gutenberg of Australia
400th eBook From Project Gutenberg of Canada
35,000th Project Gutenberg eBook From All Of Our Sites
As you know, two Newsletters ago we announced 25,000th
in our collection of eBooks in English then last month
we announced our 30,000th in all languages": counting
those created or distributed under U.S. Copyright Law.
This month we are are announcing the 35,000th eBook of
all the various Project Gutenberg sites worldwide, and
this includes Australia, Europe, Canada, etc., and the
PrePrints section, which still has ~2,000.
In addition we are announcing our 1,500th French eBook
which is coming out at any moment, and de Toqueville's
major work on "Democracy" is the one we have chosen.
[At the moment of this writing the last polishing work
is being done on all four volumes, and we have 1493 in
our French collection already, so any moment now.]
Previous details on these are included below.
eBook Milestones Redux
We just released our 25,000th English Project Gutenberg
eBook as "Merriam-Websters Unabridged Dictionary, 1913"
about a month ago, and we are now coming up on 30,000th
in all languages, under U.S. Copyright Law and 35,000th
created by all Project Gutenberg sites worldwide. This
is not counting any of the ~75,000 eBooks available via
http://www.gutenberg.cc which have been donated by many
eLibraries outside the Project Gutenberg systems.
In addition, Project Gutenberg of Australia is about to
post its 1800th eBook, and we are coming up on #1500 of
our eBooks in French.
Last month: Project Gutenberg posted its 25,000th home-
grown eBook: home-grown means not including eBooks given
by the various Project Gutenbergs that are springing up,
including Australia [approaching 2,000], PG of Europe is
approaching 650, PG of Canada's approaching 500 and many
more such events are taking place around the world.
All in all, adding up all the Project Gutenberg sites in
toto, not discount duplications, there are 100,000+ book
titles, along with music, movies, audiobooks, etc.
All in all the original Project Gutenberg has produced a
total of 29,660 at the time of this release, meaning the
their total in all 50+ languages they have produced will
be turning 30,000 in about a month.
This larger total includes nearly 1,500 books in French,
about 600 in German, 500 in Finnish, over 400 in Dutch &
Chinese, about 350 in Portuguese, and 250 in Spanish and
the list goes on and on.
If it is languages other than English that interest you:
where there are over 100 languages represented in a wide
variety of languages and subjects, with about 75,000 all
total, approximately half of which are non-English.
Our 30,000th eBook created under U.S. copyright law is a
beautiful volume on birds, lavishly illustrated.
We Recently Published Our:
200th eBook in Italian
250th eBook in Spanish
400th eBook in Chinese
500th eBook in Finnish
600th eBook in German
400th eBook on PG of Canada
1800th eBook from Project Gutenberg of Australia
Our 1500th in French is expected next week.
Our All Time Hottest Requests!!!!!!!
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
and these were OEMed by IBM, HP, etc. They are particular
in a recognizable fashion because their snapon connectors
resemble the connectors of jigsaw puzzles.
We received two examples of RAM actually labeled "Flash,"
for the H-P 95 pocket DOS machine from 1991, and a sample
of Fairchild bubble memory, as well, from down under.
Thank you, Mate!
We need someone who can do PowerPoint illustrations.
One in particular, building a 3-D box of 1,000 dominoes.
Additional Newsletter Services
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.
As you may have noticed, I cheated by a few days on the
date of this Newsletter so I could include #25,000 so I
should warn you that the monthly totals will be larger,
this month, and smaller next time.
The Project Gutenberg Statistical Report
[As of about noon Central Daylight Time]
Various totals from the ~30,000 at
and our other Project Gutenberg Sites
day | cnt
Wed 2009-10-14 | 6
Thu 2009-10-15 | 8
Fri 2009-10-16 | 8
Sat 2009-10-17 | 6
Sun 2009-10-18 | 2
Mon 2009-10-19 | 10
Tue 2009-10-20 | 14
Thanks to Marcello Perathoner!
Here are the current language totals
for languages with 200 or more eBooks.
Grand total for today: 30194
25408 English en
1493 French fr
613 German de
515 Finnish fi
449 Dutch nl
402 Chinese zh
361 Portuguese pt
267 Spanish es
217 Italian it
Total increase: +251
Grand total for last month: 29943
25197 English en
1486 French fr
606 German de
515 Finnish fi
447 Dutch nl
402 Chinese zh
354 Portuguese pt
260 Spanish es
216 Italian it
Total increase +281
Grand total: 29662
25002 English en
1454 French fr
597 German de
513 Finnish fi
441 Dutch nl
402 Chinese zh
344 Portuguese pt
253 Spanish es
203 Italian it
Total increase +294
and Previous month +287 All Reported Languges
Not counting PrePrints, Canada, Australia, PG Europe
Thanks to Greg Newby!
And From Project Gutenberg Sites Worldwide
30,194 up 251 PG General Automated Count
1,808 up 9 PG of Australia
656 up 9 PG of Europe
2,008 dn 1 PG PrePrints, Reserved 
410 dn 40 Posted #400 on October 10
[No additional news from PG of Canada]
[Note previous estimate was 50 too high]
35,076 up 278 [Including correcting above estimate]
29,943 up 281 PG General Automated Count
1,799 up 13 PG of Australia
647 up 3 PG of Europe
2,009 dn 12 PG PrePrints, Reserved ,etc.
[PrePrints was down when I checked, sorry]
450 up 25 PG of Canada [Est. since End of June]
[This estimate was at least 50 too high]
34,848 up 310 Grand Total
Last Month Before That
34,528 up 359 Grand Total
34,179 up 347 Grand Total
Up from previous month's
33,832 up 320 Grand Total
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 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 titles.
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
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;
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
175 on 20080930
100 on 20080325
110 on 20080417
Many thanks to all who have helped us reach our 39th year!
Michael S. Hart
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