Have you used Project Gutenberg before? They take out of copyright literature, package it up into ebooks that you can read on your phone, tablet, computer or Kindle, and distribute them for free. It’s brilliant. If you haven’t used Project Gutenberg, you’re missing out, they have more than 58,000 free classic books that you can download at no cost.
But one of the problems with Gutenberg is that while the content may be unrivalled — written by authors like Mary Shelley, Charles Dickens and Oscar Wilde — the page formatting of the ebooks can be pretty hit and miss. There’s nothing worse than getting two chapters into a novel to find that the rest of the book is barely legible, or the font size has shrunk to the height of a single pixel.
But this week I found a site called Standard Ebooks and I predict that my Kindle is going to get a lot more use in the near future.
Standard Ebooks takes the books produced by sites like Project Gutenberg, formats them into beautifully crafted, professional quality ebooks, and then gives them away for free. They give the books a bit of spit and polish by adding new, professionally designed covers, making sure the typography is consistent and correcting any errors in the text. You can also track changes as they are made to the books and submit your own corrections to help out.
Each book is available in multiple formats, so you can read any device which supports epub format, azw3 for
Best of all Standard Ebooks is a not for profit website run by volunteers, so please check out the website and start downloading those classics.