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Nov 29 2007

The Pack Rats of the Internet

by Jimmy L

Did you know you can find the full text of many books online?  Here are a few sites who specialize in archiving (and providing free of charge) everything from books, films, sound, and even other websites:

Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg is a volunteer effort to digitize, archive, and distribute cultural works.  It is also the original, and oldest, e-text project on the Internet, founded in 1971.  The project has made over 19,000 eBooks available, with an average of 400 more being added each month.  They publish whatever they can publish legally, which usually means they publish books in the public domain.  Although you won’t be able to find the latest best sellers here, you could find plenty of the classics from Shakespeare and Dante to Lewis Carroll and the Sherlock Holmes stories.


UbuWeb is a completely independent resource dedicated to all strains of the avant-garde, ethnopoetics, and outsider arts.  It functions as a distribution center for hard-to-find, out-of-print and obscure materials, transferred digitally to the web.  As a result, most of the things you’ll find here are things you won’t be able to find anywhere else!  It is in this way that the site has grown to encompass hundreds of artists (including the likes of John Lennon, Alexander Calder, and Gertrude Stein) and hundreds of gigabytes of sound files, books, texts and videos.

The Wayback Machine
What if you could go back in time and take a snapshot of the world wide web?  Well, you can with the Wayback Machine.  Since 1996, the Wayback Machine has archived 85 billion web pages.  Simply type in the web address that you would like to examine, then select the month and year you want to see it.  Voila!  Who said time travel wasn’t possible?

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