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This guide explains how to search, navigate, and download Project Gutenberg ebooks for your computer or mobile device.

Searching and Browsing

Project Gutenberg is a freely available resource containing over 38,000 ebooks that have been digitized by volunteers using funds that come from donations. 

This is a very large collection and only a little over 400 titles from Project Gutenberg appear in our library's catalog.  Therefore, the most direct way to search for books is to visit the Project Gutenberg home page.  There, click on the book search link (as in the image below) and you can search for specific titles, authors, or subjects, or you can browse the collection.  There are also many angles from which to browse.  If you click on the catalog link (as seen in the image below) you may browse authors or titles alphabetically, browse books in a certain language or browse thematic or subject-oriented bookshelves.

Project Gutenberg book search options


Navigating a Project Gutenberg ebook is easy.  You can choose to read the ebook online in your browser window by selecting the 'Read this ebook online' link.  This will allow you to view the book in plain text format.  You may click through the book one page at a time or you may jump to a certain page by typing the desired page number in the 'Goto page' box.

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Project Gutenberg Read Book in Browser navigation

Printing and Downloading

There are several options for downloading Project Gutenberg ebooks.  If you wish you print the ebook or send it to your Kindle (see 'Mobile Devices' box below), you can download and save the PDF version to your computer.

You may wish to download the EPUB format to read in Adobe Digital Editions (free software available online).   You will need to install Adobe Digital Editions on your computer first.  For detalied instuctions about this process, visit the OverDrive LibGuide

Project Gutenberg also provides ebooks in HTML and Plain Text format, which you can download or view in your browser window.  These formats may be useful to you if you intend to copy and paste portions of the text into another document, or if you wish to view the book in a text file in order to make notes within the text.

Mobile Devices

Project Gutenberg ebooks come in a several formats to suit a variety of e-readers and mobile devices. 

Kindle users may download the PDF version and email it to the Kindle's email account.  The next time you sync your device, the file will appear.  If you don't know your Kindle email address, visit your Amazon account.  Under 'Digital Content', select 'Manage Your Kindle' and then 'Manage Your Devices'.

Nook users may download the PDF or EPUB version of the ebook to their computer.  You will first need to download Adobe Digital Editions (free software).  Then download and save the EPUB or PDF ebook and open it in Adobe Digital Editions.  Connect your Nook to your computer and it will appear as a 'bookshelf' in Adobe Digital Editions.  You can then drag and drop your downloaded ebook onto your Nook 'bookshelf,' which will transfer the ebook onto your device.  For more details about this process, see the OverDrive LibGuide.

Sony Reader users may also download the PDF or EPUB version to their computer.  You must first download the Reader Library software (free online).  Then, download and save the PDF or EPUB ebook and open it in Reader Library.  Connect your Nook to your computer and a new tab called 'Reader' will appear on the Reader Library screen, and a message will appear indicating that a sync is in progress.  The book you have downloaded to your Reader Library will be transferred to your Sony Reader.

iPad users may download PDF versions of ebooks to read in the Adobe Reader App, or EPUB versions to read in the Bluefire Reader App.  If you select the PDF format, the file may open in your browser window, with the option to 'Open in...' displaying in the top right corner.  Touch the 'Open in...' button and select Adobe Reader.  Selecting the EPUB format will take you to a screen displaying an book icon with a file name, and the option to 'Open in...'.  Touch the 'Open in...' button and choose Bluefire Reader.

Open PDF in Adobe Reader on iPad

Open EPUB ebook in Bluefire on iPad                  Open EPUB ebook in Bluefire on iPad


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