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twelve years a slaveIt pays to keep an eye on the new releases RSS feed sometimes! In the latest round of new releases from Project Gutenberg, I spotted an ebook release of Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, the book which was the inspiration for the recent award-winning movie.

I had seen ebook versions for sale at the Kindle and Kobo stores, but the book is public domain, so I balked a little at paying for it. It’s nice to see a freely available version of this one. I think Project Gutenberg doesn’t get enough credit sometimes from eBook fans. Many of their newer releases veer toward the obscure preservationist rather than the popular. This book might have been that kind too, if it weren’t for the movie. There are some gems in the PG collection, but they get lost amidst the vintage nature books and issues of Punch Magazine

 
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