|Top 25 Project Gutenberg eBook Titles Excerpted and adapted from an August 29, 2011, blog posting by Jason Sockel, a Content Sales Associate at OverDrive
Project Gutenberg is an expansive set of free eBooks, digitized and assembled by Hart (who, incidentally, is the inventor of the eBook) when he was a college student in Illinois. Since that time, his team has digitized more than 30,000 titles that are available in the public domain, allowing free download access to anyone in the United States with an eReader.
Most titles in the Gutenberg collection are free of copyrights in the U.S., meaning they can not only be downloaded for reading, they can also be used for distribution, recreation and adaptation. Teachers can print and distribute excerpts for their classes; artists can perform the works in front of an audience; and titles can be transferred to audio or other formats. Each title provides licensing information when it is downloaded, so be sure to check the rights prior to utilizing the books for commercial benefit.
Now that you know a little about Project Gutenberg, here are the 25 most downloaded titles. How many have you read?
There’s a great documentary playing at the Grand Theatres this week (showings end Thursday, September 1) — Cave of Forgotten Dreams. It’s a MUST SEE film in 3-D by Werner Herzog about the prehistoric paintings in the Chauvet caves of southern France.
Art history and archaeology buffs will especially enjoy seeing this film.
After you see the film and want to find out more about ancient cave art, stop by the BSC Library and check out these items:
- Cave Art
- The Cave Beneath the Sea: Paleolithic Images at Cosquer
- The Cave of Altamira
- The Cave of Lascaux: the Final Photographs
- The Cave Painters: Probing the Mysteries of the World’s First Artists
- The Cave Paintings of Baja California : Discovering the Great Murals of an Unknown People
- The Caves of Altamira
- Chauvet Cave : the Art of Earliest Times
- Images of the Ice Age
- Lascaux; or, The birth of Art: Prehistoric Painting
- Lascaux Revisited
- Prehistoric Cave Paintings
- Secrets of the Ice Age : the World of the Cave Artists
- The Shamans of Prehistory : Trance and Magic in the Painted CavesCave of Forgotten Dreams
Happy 40th Birthday, WorldCat!
Note: BSC Library is a contributing library – Find us (and more!) on WorldCat
Today marks the 40th anniversary of the launch of WorldCat, the world’s most comprehensive online library database. Few of those involved in the creation of WorldCat would have guessed that 40 years later, thousands of librarians and catalogers around the world would have cataloged more than 1.7 billion items.
Contributions to WorldCat from individual libraries and other partners in the community allow many libraries to get most of the records in their local catalogs from this shared resource. While records come in to WorldCat from a variety of sources, it is the ongoing partnership between dedicated catalogers and the WorldCat team at OCLC that keeps collection data accurate and useful to information seekers.
WorldCat is a singular achievement. It represents the cooperative spirit at the heart of what makes libraries unique among cultural, educational and civic services. It is a shared resource that is built and maintained by thousands of members for the good of all. We who work at OCLC are proud to have been a part of this remarkable story, and I want to thank our member institutions and employees for the years of dedicated effort that helped build this unique resource. Fred Kilgour’s vision—improving access to information through library cooperation—is every bit as vital today as it was in 1971. This anniversary is an important milestone in a shared journey that, I believe, will continue for many decades to come.
At one point in our history, OCLC used Irascope LTE terminals to send message traffic at 2400 baud over dedicated, leased telephone lines. Our network people tell me that information moves in and out of WorldCat via the Web at approximately 416,000 times that speed today. People now access WorldCat from desktop computers and laptops that are far more powerful than the dedicated servers of the 1970s and ’80s. And with tablets and smartphones, our users are staying connected to member libraries at any time, from almost anywhere on the globe.
The technology has obviously changed, but the vision has not: furthering access to the information in the world’s libraries. WorldCat may be one of the world’s oldest databases, but our libraries’ commitment to its health and improvement keeps it truly young at heart. And that heart, still beating strongly, is at the center of a unique, global bibliographic system.
Happy 40th birthday, WorldCat. And congratulations to everyone who had a hand in building this marvelous resource, one record at a time. You’re truly part of something extraordinary.
— Jay Jordan, OCLC President and CEO
I first heard this story on NPR this morning … here’s the full story from The New York Times:
Libraries and publishers have an uneasy relationship when it comes to ebook purchasing and lending.
In March 2011, HarperCollins announced a controversial decision related to their ebook policies for libraries. Since then, many libraries have boycotted purchasing HarperCollins titles (in any format). The ALA (American Library Association) response to the Harper Collins decision was swift.
Now, Hachette Books is rethinking a decision that has kept Hachette’s frontlist ebook titles out of library hands since July 2010.
How will it all play out? Stay tuned …
For myself, I’m excited to learn more about these kinds of issues at Ebooks: the New Normal, a virtual conference I’m attending in October. — Marlene Anderson, Director of Library Services
The BSC Library will typically observe these hours during the 2011-12 academic year:
- Monday – Thursday — 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
- Friday — 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Saturday — CLOSED
- Sunday — 3-7 p.m.
During the first few weeks of Fall Semester, there will be some variations to the usual schedule. Specifically:
- Saturday, August 27 — CLOSED
- Sunday, August 28 — CLOSED
- Saturday, September 3 — CLOSED (Labor Day holiday weekend)
- Sunday, September 4 — CLOSED (Labor Day holiday weekend)
- Monday, September 5 — CLOSED (Labor Day holiday weekend)
Beginning Sunday, September 11, the Library’s lab (Information Skills Classroom, Room 101H) will serve as the open lab for the campus on Sundays. Hours will be 3-7 p.m.