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“Please visit us here from July 4th-August 4, 2006 to download your
selections from 1/3 million free eBooks.

Welcome to the home of the World eBook Fair, the largest showcase for
eBooks, eBook publishers, editors, and others working in the new world
of eBooks.

July 4th to August 4, 2006 marks a month long celebration of the 35th
anniversary of the first step taken towards today’s eBooks, when the
United States Declaration of Independence was the first file placed
online for downloading in what was destined to be an electronic library
of the Internet. Today’s eBook library has a total of over 100
languages represented.

The World eBook Fair welcomes you to absolutely free access to a
variety of eBook unparalleled by any other source. 1/3 million eBooks
await you for personal use, all free of charge for the month from July
4 – August 4, 2006, and then 1/2 million eBooks in 2007, 3/4 million in
2008, and ONE million in 2009.

Ten times as many eBooks are available from private eBook sources,
without the media circus that comes with 100 billion dollar media
mavens such as Google. The World eBook Fair has created a library of
wide ranging samples of these eBooks, totaling 1/3 million. Here are
eBooks from nearly every classic author on the varieties of subjects
previously only available through the largest library collections in
the world. Now these books are yours for personal use, free of charge,
to keep for the rest of your lives.

This event is brought to you by the oldest and largest free eBook
source on the Internet, Project Gutenberg, with the assistance of the
World eBook Library, the providers of the largest collection, and a
number of other eBook efforts around the world. The World eBook Library
normally charges $8.95 per year for online access, and allows unlimited
personal downloading. During The World eBook Fair all these books are
available free of charge through a gateway at

We hope the invention of eBooks will advance the world as much as did
the invention of The Gutenberg Press, and look forward to the
Neo-Industrial Revolution following the advent of eBooks, just as the
invention of The Gutenberg Press undoubtedly led to the first
Industrial Revolution, and your participation can help bring this new
revolution in reading and libraries to the world.”

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Top 100 EBooks downloaded yesterday

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (445)
The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci – Complete by Leonardo da Vinci (395)
Kamasutra by Vatsyayana (336)
Fifteen Thousand Useful Phrases by Grenville Kleiser (277)
How to Speak and Write Correctly by Joseph Devlin (232)
The Time Machine by H. G. Wells (196)
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (190)
The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen (181)
The Art of War by 6th cent. B.C. Sunzi (167)
Forbidden books of the original New Testament by William Wake (166)
Project Gutenberg “10K” DVD (166)
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (164)
The Best American Humorous Short Stories (159)
Relativity : the Special and General Theory by Albert Einstein (152)
History of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria in the Light
of Recent Discovery by Hall (146)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (142)
On the Decay of the Art of Lying by Mark Twain (133)
Prufrock and Other Observations by T. S. Eliot (127)
Max und Moritz by Wilhelm Busch (126)
The Doré Gallery of Bible Illustrations, Complete (119)
The Divine Comedy by Dante, Illustrated, Hell, Complete by Dante
Alighieri (118)
The Wonderful Land Of Oz by L. Frank Baum (116)
Alone by Edgar Allan Poe (108)
The Insect Folk by Margaret Warner Morley (108)
Ulysses by James Joyce (107)
A Young Girl’s Diary by Anonymous (106)
Dream Psychology by Sigmund Freud (104)
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (103)
The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce (102)
Das Nibelungenlied by Unknown (102)
Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (100)
Rime of the ancient mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (98)
The Declaration of Independence of The United States of America by
United States (96)
Life of St. Francis of Assisi by Paul Sabatier (95)
Post-Prandial Philosophy by Grant Allen (91)
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (90)
Project Gutenberg “Best Of” CD August 2003 (89)
Three Years’ War by Christiaan Rudolf de Wet (89)
The Practice and Science of Drawing by Harold Speed (88)
The Valley of Fear by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (85)
Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner (85)
Don Quijote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (84)
1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue by Francis Grose (84)
The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells (83)
The Communist Manifesto by Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx (83)
War and Peace by Leo Nikoleyevich Tolstoy (81)
Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm (79)
Modern Spanish Lyrics by Various (79)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (78)
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (78)
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (76)
Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie (75)
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (75)
Faust: Der Tragödie erster Teil by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (75)
Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (75)
The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (72)
Thus Spake Zarathustra by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (71)
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (69)
The Last Bow by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (69)
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter (68)
Treachery in Outer Space by Louis Glanzman and [pseud.] Carey Rockwell (68)
Outlines of a Mechanical Theory of Storms by T. Bassnett (68)
Paradise Lost by John Milton (66)
Die Göttliche Komödie by Dante Alighieri (66)
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (64)
Meyers Konversationslexikon Band 15 by Various (63)
Great Britain and Her Queen by Annie E. Keeling (63)
The Bible, Old and New Testaments, King James Version by Anonymous (62)
Dracula by Bram Stoker (62)
Swirling Waters by Max Rittenberg (62)
Bleak House by Charles Dickens (60)
Sketches – Complete by Robert Seymour (60)
Aesop’s Fables by Aesop (60)
Also sprach Zarathustra by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (59)
The Art of War by 6th cent. B.C. Sunzi (59)
A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (58)
Sonnet #100 by William Shakespeare (58)
Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great – Volume 01 by Elbert Hubbard (58)
Pi by Scott Hemphill (57)
The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli (57)
An Old Babylonian Version of the Gilgamesh Epic by Anonymous (57)
Motion Picture of Rotating Earth by United States (54)
Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini (51)
The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer – Complete by Charles James Lever (51)
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (50)
Hamlet by William Shakespeare (50)
John Gabriel Borkman by Henrik Ibsen (49)
Three Contributions to the Theory of Sex by Sigmund Freud (48)
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie (47)
Lineage, Life and Labors of José Rizal, Philippine Patriot by Austin
Craig (47)
Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal, No. 436 by Various (47)
Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll (46)
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas père (46)
The Illustrated Alphabet of Birds by Unknown (46)
Beeton’s Book of Needlework by Mrs. Isabella Mary Beeton (46)
Emma by Jane Austen (45)
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The Sign of the Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (44)

World eBook Fair tops 1.5m free downloads in first few days
By David Mehegan, for the Boston Globe

If you give books away, especially online, readers will snap them up.

That seems to be the lesson of the first few days of the World eBook
Fair, a one-month experiment in free downloadable books produced by
Illinois-based Project Gutenberg. The fair began Tuesday, and already
more than 1.5 million books have been downloaded, said Gregory Newby,
Gutenberg’s volunteer CEO.

“We passed a million about 1 this morning,” Newby said yesterday
afternoon by phone from Anchorage. “As of this moment, it’s

Project Gutenberg is a 35-year-old nonprofit foundation whose thousands
of volunteers type or scan books into the project’s computers, making
them available for free downloading.

Gutenberg itself had about 20,000 titles available, and several large
e-book collections — such as the World eBook Library — lent their
titles for the monthlong fair, adding up to more than 330,000 books in
100 languages. Gutenberg intends to hold the event annually. The
available materials include fiction, nonfiction, and reference books.
Copyright has expired on 95 percent of the works. Permission has been
given by the copyright holders for the remainder.

A few searches yesterday on the website (
suggested that the eBook Fair offerings have the diversity of Google —
useful results surrounded by many oddities. The keyword “Herman
Melville” turned up a list that included several of Melville’s poems,
Dostoevsky’s novel “The Gambler,” and a scholarly article on military
justice from the Military Law Review. The keyword “Moby-Dick” did turn
up the novel and the novella “Bartleby the Scrivener,” along with
pages from the newspaper of the Unification Church and something called
“Space Patrol: A Collection of Warped Parodies From a Future We’d Like
to See.”
Newby, whose day job is acting chief scientist for the Arctic Region
Supercomputing Center at the University of Alaska, said the system’s
servers in Hawaii were overwhelmed by demand — about 750,000 downloads
in the first 24 hours — and a larger system in Seattle had to be
brought on, which caused some delay. Otherwise, he said, the traffic
might have been larger. He expects a million downloads per day, at
least for a while.

“I can’t say how many individual users there are,” he said. “We’re
seeing people from all over the world, from the Netherlands, France,
Belgium, Brazil. The biggest chunk of downloaders are regular people,
not libraries. We can tell from their connections that they’re doing it
from home, not businesses.”

Newby said the intense traffic, without benefit of major publicity,
indicates that the project fills a real need, even though many of the
books could also be found in public libraries.

“This stuff is out there,” he said, “but we brought it to one place
with a unified search engine. This means we are successful, and we want
to be even more successful. The simple fact is that people like to
read, and finding stuff you want to spend time on is special.”