Named after the 15th century German printer and goldsmith Johannes Gutenberg, Project Gutenberg (PG) has been one of the path finding initiatives to integrate traditional printing with digital technology and technology enabled services. PG has opened the floodgates for many open publishing ventures attempted across the world.
The number of e-Users has certainly increased over the last 10 years and the site has served as a boon for researchers and educationists. PG has also affiliated projects that provide additional content including region-based and language independent work. With PG, so many old books and several new ones have been made available online. These books can be accessed, downloaded and modified by Internet users from anywhere. PG has been able to save rare documents and manuscripts that were archived under unfavourable physical conditions.
We in CSDMS have had an opportunity to come in contact with Gregory Newby, the CEO, PG and Michael Hart, the Founder-editor of the project. It has been an exciting experience to see PG through the eyes of both the social engineers.
Michael Hart, a former scholar from the University of Illinois, United States was very enthusiastic in the initiation of this grand project. Since 1971, Hart has been working tirelessly to create e-Books and distribute them across all e-Users connected through interwoven networks.
According to Hart, the mission of PG has been to encourage the creation and distribution of e-Books and the goal of PG is to provide as many e-Books in as many formats as possible for the entire world to read in as many languages as possible.
An interview with Gregory Newby and Michael Hart reveals the modus operandi of PG. The interview highlights the new ventures of PG, the new technologies applied, the changes in the role of volunteers and overall management of e-Books.
Precisely when was the Open Publishing initiated under GP?
The story of the founding of Project Gutenberg is in Sam Vaknin