Michael Hart

I was doing an event yesterday and a fellow panellist mentioned that despite the prevalence of free ebook titles, sales of classics in the electronic format were strong. Which made the news that Michael Hart  had died a little more poignant. As Project Gutenberg founder (and in some ways, ebook inventor), he really started the electronic reading age. From Engadget:

Hart’s literary journey began in 1971, when he digitized and distributed his first text, after being inspired by a free printed copy of the Declaration of Independence he found at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. That same year, the Tacoma, Washington native founded Project Gutenberg — an online library that aims to “encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks” and to “break down the bars of ignorance and illiteracy.”

RIP Michael Hart


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