Sunday, May 18, 2008

Distributed Proofreaders

We’re so quiet that few people know about us, but Distributed Proofreaders is an all-volunteer effort that has prepared nearly 13,000 free ebooks over the last seven years. We’re getting better at it, too.

You can find our books at Project Gutenberg, but also at, mobipocket, and other ebook sites. Many of them don’t credit us in the slightest. Sometimes that makes me feel sad; sometimes I just feel like a secret mistress of the universe.

I survive, barely, on what I make copyediting and proofreading books for pay. But my heart and soul are in the books I do for free.
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1 comment:

yogijp said...

This is also done by distributed CAPTCHA, developed by Luis von Ahn at Cargenie Mellon.

CAPTCHA workarounds:

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