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Re: [pmadurai] Michael Hart, father of e-books and founder of Project Gutenberg - obituary

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  • R.Navaneethakrishnan
    No doubt Michael Hart had done a great service to every one and has made to the lovers of books . perhaps without his pioneering effort the e books we all
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      No doubt Michael Hart had done a great service to every one and has made
      to the lovers of books . perhaps without his pioneering effort the e books
      we all read today would not have seen light. We in Project Madurai are able
      to make it possible to bring many books that are out of print available
      easily because of his initial hard work many years ago when computers and
      net working was not as advanced. Because of his love for books and
      service to people he had not commercialised his work. It is unfortunate
      that he left this world so early.

      R.Navaneethakrishnan


      On Thu, Feb 2, 2012 at 11:21 PM, Anbumani Subramanian <anbumani@...>wrote:

      > In case you missed this obituary in The Economist few months back, see
      > http://www.economist.com/node/21530075
      >
      >
      > - Anbu
      > ==========
      > Michael Hart
      > Michael Hart, father of e-books and founder of Project Gutenberg, died
      > on September 6th, aged 64
      >
      > ...
      >
      > That dream had grown from small beginnings: from him, a student at the
      > University of Illinois in Urbana, hanging round a huge old mainframe
      > computer on the night of the Fourth of July in 1971, with the sound of
      > fireworks still in his ears. The engineers had given him by his
      > reckoning $100m-worth of computer time, in those infant days of the
      > internet. Wondering what to do, ferreting in his bag, he found a copy
      > of the Declaration of Independence he had been given at the grocery
      > store, and a light-bulb pinged on in his head. Slowly, on a
      > 50-year-old Teletype machine with punched-paper tape, he began to bang
      > out �When in the Course of human events��
      >
      > This was the first free e-text, and none better as a declaration of
      > freedom from the old-boy network of publishing. What he typed could
      > not even be sent as an e-mail, in case it crashed the ancient Arpanet
      > system; he had to send a message to say that it could be downloaded.
      > Six people did, of perhaps 100 on the network. It was followed over
      > years by the Gettysburg Address, the Constitution and the King James
      > Bible, all arduously hand-typed, full of errors, by Mr Hart. No one
      > particularly noticed. He mended people�s hi-fis to get by. Then from
      > 1981, with a growing band of volunteer helpers scanning, rather than
      > typing, a flood of e-texts gathered. By 2011 there were 33,000,
      > accumulating at a rate of 200 a month, with translations into 60
      > languages, all given away free. No wonder money-oriented rivals such
      > as Google and Yahoo! sprang up all round as the new century dawned,
      > claiming to have invented e-books before him.
      >
      > ...
      > More at
      > http://www.economist.com/node/21530075
      >
      >
      > ------------------------------------
      >
      > Project Madurai is an open, world-wide initiative devoted to
      > preparation & free distribution of ETexts of Tamil Literary
      > Works. For details please visit
      > <a href=http://www.tamil.net/projectmadurai/>www.projectmadurai.org</a>
      > Yahoo! Groups Links
      >
      >
      >
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