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Project Gutenberg
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Established December 1971; 47 years ago (1971-12)
(first document posted)
Collection
Size Over 60,000 documents
Michael Hart and Gregory Newby at HOPE Conference
Michael Hart (left) and Gregory Newby (right) of Project Gutenberg, 2006

Project Gutenberg (PG) was started in 1971. It was started by Michael S. Hart. The purpose of the Project is to collect in and make available cultural work (like books) using computers. These are generally free and may be used on most computers. The project gets its name from Johannes Gutenberg. Johannes Gutenberg lived in the 15th century in Germany. He made the first European printing press.

As the PG continued to grow, in 2000, the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation, Inc. was created. It is a non-profit organization with main office in Mississippi, United States.


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