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I’ve recently read a great book about books for the Project Gutenberg Project: an adventure story set aboard a book caravan – the Parnassus – at the beginning of the 20th century.

Go over to the PGP to read more about it, but before, take a look at this collection of modern Parnassus from all over the world, curtsy of a Flickr Group dedicated to bookmobiles. They make me want to hit the road…

Is it just me or lately all good ideas seem to start with a Twitter chat?

In one of those chats Tasha pointed out that, although sites like Project Gutenberg and Librivox offer a universe of free books (and audiobooks), it’s hard to use them to make new discoveries.

With this in mind, the Project Gutenberg Project was launched yesterday (it’s all about spreading the love!): a cooperative book blog that aims to share and help readers find classic books that are available for free in the public domain.

Currently, those books are organized very loosely by author or by broad subject, making it difficult to browse and find what’s right for you. As Tasha said on the opening post:

At PGP, we want to help readers find public domain books they might be interested in, discuss what did and didn’t work for us, discover (or rediscover) classics, and celebrate our favorite books in the process.

Apart from Tasha and myself there are six other bloggers involved:

Aarti from BookLust
Chris from Book-a-Rama
Iris from Iris On Books
Lu from Regular Rumination
Meghan from Medieval Bookworm
Nymeth from Things Mean a Lot

If you’ve read a book available in the public domain that you’d like to tell others about, feel free to contact us.

So please visit the this new addition to the book blogosphere, say hi, don’t forget to add it to your feed, and join us in discovering the literary treasure-trove that’s Project Gutenberg.

I’ve had the honor of kicking-off the reviews with a post about “Ruth” by Elizabeth Gaskell.

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