08 September 2011

Michael Stern Hart

...who quietly invented ebooks, 30 years ago, died on 6 September. He recalled 'I envisioned sending the Declaration of Independence to everyone on the net... all 100 of them... which would have crashed the whole thing...'. This toe in the water led to Project Gutenberg, run by volunteers and, currently, the largest repository of free books. Its mission statement is delightful including it's management policy, written by Hart:
Because we are totally powered by volunteers we are hesitant to be very bossy about what our volunteers should do, or how to do it.

[via Guardian books]

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