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While free public domain books can be readily downloaded from resources like Project Gutenberg and the Internet Archive, those wishing to read these finds on an e-reader or mobile device may be somewhat frustrated by their formatting or mistakes in transcription. This sentiment is the inspiration behind Standard Ebooks, "a volunteer driven, not-for-profit effort to produce a collection of high quality, carefully formatted, accessible, open source, and free public domain ebooks that meet or exceed the quality of commercially produced ebooks." Some of the ways Standard Ebooks strives to improve their source material include proofreading and correcting typos and ephemera, editing the typography and design for consistency, and updating the formatting to meet current e-book best practices such as tables of contents and popup footnotes. As of this write-up, more than 300 titles are available, including L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables, Booker T. Washington's Up from Slavery, and P.G. Wodehouse's Jeeves Stories. Visitors can browse Standard Ebooks' full library in order of newest additions, author name, reading ease, or length, and each e-book is available in four different file formats. Those interested in participating in this project should visit the Get Involved section to learn how.
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Date of Scout Publication 2019-11-22
Archived Scout Publication URL https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2019/1122

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