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Project Gutenberg

There are over 25,000 free books in the Project Gutenberg Online Book Catalog. The Project Gutenberg collection was produced by tens of thousands of volunteers. You can help. Distributed Proofreaders provides a web-based method to ease the conversion of Public Domain books into e-books. By dividing the workload into individual pages, many volunteers can work on a book at the same time, which significantly speeds up the creation process.

During proofreading, volunteers are presented with a scanned page image and the corresponding OCR text on a single web page. This allows the text to be easily compared to the image, proofread, and sent back to the site. A second volunteer is then presented with the first volunteer's work and the same page image, verifies and corrects the work as necessary, and submits it back to the site. The book then similarly progresses through two formatting rounds using the same web interface.

Once all the pages have completed these steps, a post-processor carefully assembles them into an e-book, optionally makes it available to interested parties for 'smooth reading', and submits it to the Project Gutenberg archive.

  • Register with the site as a volunteer.
  • Read the introductory email you receive and the Beginning Proofreader's FAQ.
  • Confirm your registration, sign in, choose a project, and try proofreading a page or two!
  • Optional - join the LiveJournal community of proofreaders - another place to ask questions and meet other "word people".
  • Questions or comments? Please contact

Tracking information

The tracking information Project Gutenberg collects at this time is the date your account was created, your last login date and some statistical data: number of pages you have completed, your best day ever, team memberships, and the highest rank you've achieved. This tracking information will be available to end users; however, you can have your name displayed as 'anonymous' for some of these data by setting "Anonymous Statistics" to "Yes" in your Preferences. ..more