We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Speaking of online books, did you happen to notice a strange anomaly a year ago when Google was basically stealing everything it could get its hands on? (unless you opted OUT, of course)
- Someone downloads a copyrighted song. Massive fines are levied.
- Someone downloads a copyrighted movie. Massive fines are levied.
- Google tries to make a zillion copyrighted books available to the public.
Nobody says a thing.
From a cultural point of view, it's pretty odd. The law falls all over itself protecting musicians and actors, but authors are given the cold shoulder of indifference?
As far as the article goes, these are online books. (delicate barf) I prefer the real deal. If you guys like (real) books and don't know about Amazon.com's big 'secret' when it comes to used books, check this out:
I bet I've saved a thousand bucks on books since I made that little discovery. I actually wrote them and asked them if it was a gimmick, it seemed so surreal.
As far as Project Gutenberg goes, sheesh, those guys go /way/ back. They started at Stanford, and Stanford was one of the colleges tied into the network that would become the Internet. When the Web went online, they were there, and so was Project Gutenberg. Stanford was probably the first link I put on my links page, about a month after the Web opened up. It was all kind of surreal at the time, to tell the truth. Being able to 'virtually' walk into a library and check out a book was more than just your average 'new experience'. No human in the history of existence had ever done anything close.
I'm guessing the wonderment and awe wore off pretty quickly when the first porno site popped up. :)