How do you read Gutenberg books online?


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Project Gutenberg's books are available to read online at Gutenberg.org. The e-books are in a plain text format on the website and are also available in HTML, PDF and EPUB formats. Many of Project Gutenberg's e-books are available for download and are compatible with Kindle, iPad, Android and e-reader devices.

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On the Project Gutenberg website, search for a book using the Book Search Page or Book Categories menu options. After you choose a book, a new page opens with information about the book, such as the bibliographic record, similar book recommendations and downloadable formats. To read an e-book on a computer, click on the Read This Book Online option. To read a book on an e-reader device or smartphone, click on the Kindle, EPUB or iPad option.

As of 2015, Project Gutenberg contains over 50,000 online books. Most of the books are works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry or drama. Each book is available in English, though some e-books have translations in French, Portuguese, German and Chinese. All of the website's e-books are free to read or download. Every book in the archive is in the public domain, meaning that the book's original copyright license has expired and the content can be distributed or used without violating copyright laws.

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