[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 [2021],
and enough eBooks to fill an entire petabyte around the
same time.

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!!!!!!!



[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
and our
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

Previous month:

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 [42]
   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]

Last Month

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 [42],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

Previous month

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

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;

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 39th year!

Michael S. Hart
Project Gutenberg

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