Project Gutenberg Founder Passes Away

A couple of days ago, I read of Michael S. Hart’s passing on the Project Gutenberg site. Up until that point I’d never even heard of him, nor knew the great debt that all of us who enjoy and promote eBooks today owe his pioneering spirit.

When I first got my Nook, some of the first eBooks I loaded on it were from Project Gutenberg. It was one of those Star Trek moments, having the feeling that the sum of human knowledge and thought was at my finger tips. Between Google and Project Gutenberg, I had it all! I think that someday we’ll look back on Michael S. Hart’s invention of eBooks as one of the turning points in the evolution of human society.

Thanks Michael. This site is here because of you.

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