Project Gutenberg was founded in 1971 by Michael Hart, with the mission “To encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks.”. Since 1971, Project Gutenberg has developed a library of more than 60,000 eBooks, which are available for anyone to read for free. It has done this with the help of many volunteers who signed up via Distributed Proofreaders.
Books are scanned and presented to volunteers, along with the Optical Character Recognition (OCR) text. Volunteers will then compare the scanned image with the OCR text, make adjustments to this and then save them. Another volunteer will re-read this copy with the first volunteers changes to make sure that it is correct, and if not make the corrections, then saves it. There are a few more proofreading procedures before the eBook is assembled and posted on Project Gutenberg.
It is an inspiring idea to help get make more books free and easy to access for all. So, I signed up as a volunteer. I received an email to confirm my registration, then another email on how to get started email – which I didn’t read at first so just wandered around the site aimlessly – then I logged in and followed the on screen instructions. I read the proofreading guidance and continued to complete the proofreading quizzes – these must be completed before you can start proofreading – where you learn what is expected of you. I await feedback after proofreading my first page! Become a volunteer proofreader too and be a part of providing free eBooks to everyone!
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