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The 5 Steps of Intelligent Proofreading
December 21, 2012 | 10:07 pm

Over the years I’ve scanned and OCR’ed many printed books into electronic form for Gutenberg Australia—most of the Edgar Wallace collection there is my work, for instance—and during that time it’s become clear that not all typos are equal. After awhile, in fact, it became possible for me to divide typos into categories, as follows: Category 1: Typos due to English orthography Some letter sequences in English serif text happen to resemble others. The sequence ‘of her’, for instance, looks very much like ‘other’, and ‘thing’ looks very much like ‘tiling’. Every second or third book I scanned had these mistakes in it...

30,000 English ebooks from Project Gutenberg
April 13, 2011 | 11:41 am

Distributed ProofreadersFrom Project Gutenberg News, an article by Michael Hart: Today, just six weeks after Project Gutenberg posted its 40,000th internally created book, the 30,000th English ebook has now been placed online: The Religions of Ancient Egypt and Babylonia, by Archibald Henry Sayce. Thanks go out to Delphine Lettau, David King and the Online Distributed Proofreaders Team; who by the way, recently created their 20,000th free ebook for PG, and to Al Haines for doing the final preparations and publication. A quick look at our numbers indicates that about one quarter of the internally produced Project Gutenberg books are non-English and...

Distributed Proofreaders celebrates 20,000 books posted
April 11, 2011 | 12:53 pm

20k banner From the Distributed Proofreaders website (blockquotes omitted).  Congratulations!!! Just half a year after our 10th anniversary, we have reason to celebrate another big milestone. As of today, Distributed Proofreaders has contributed 20,000 unique titles to the bookshelves of Project Gutenberg, free to enjoy for everybody. Out of curiosity, I had a look at the numbers. It took us more than six years to post the first 10,000 books, reaching that milestone in March 2007.  We have doubled that number in just a bit over four years. That’s on average about 2500 projects posted per year! In addition to being the...

Distributed Proofreaders just celebrated its 10th anniversary by Marie Lebert
November 5, 2010 | 9:25 am

10-years.jpgProject Gutenberg was launched by Michael Hart in July 1971 to create free electronic versions of literary works and disseminate them worldwide. The project got its first boost with the invention of the web in 1990, and its second boost with the creation of Distributed Proofreaders in 2000, to help digitizing books from public domain. Volunteers choose a book currently processed through the site to proofread a given page. People can proofread one page or several pages, as they wish. One page per day is a great goal. It doesn't seem much, but with hundreds of volunteers it really adds up. A...