Thursday, December 14, 2023

Standard Ebooks

Standard Ebooks (via Jason Kottke):

Standard Ebooks is a volunteer-driven project that produces new editions of public domain ebooks that are lovingly formatted, open source, free of U.S. copyright restrictions, and free of cost.

Ebook projects like Project Gutenberg transcribe ebooks and make them available for the widest number of reading devices. Standard Ebooks takes ebooks from sources like Project Gutenberg, formats and typesets them using a carefully designed and professional-grade style manual, fully proofreads and corrects them, and then builds them to create a new edition that takes advantage of state-of-the-art ereader and browser technology.

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I subscribe to their RSS feed (Atom, actually) to keep abreast of their new releases.

When I saw that on Kottke today, I thought Grubes had mentioned this before, and he had in 2017, so h/t from me to him. I've got a few -- Arsene Lupin (yes, b/c of the Netflix series), Moby Dick & War and Peace (because), Mysterious Affair at Styles (b/c Agatha's coming into the public domain, like it or not), and a few others (Sartor Resartus is next on the list).

Their existence is certainly worth a reminder! They are nicely set, especially if you consider them as huge steps up from Project Gutenberg and not as steps down from NYT bestsellers.

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