If you’ve gotten a Kindle, Nook or other e-reader as a Christmas gift, then this FREE e-book program is good news. Download some of the thousands of classic and historic books from Project Guttenberg, named for the inventor of the moveable type printing press, which made books accessible to the world’s readers.
You won’t find 50 shades of current bestsellers here, only timeless classics in the pubic domain, including books by Robert Louis Stevenson, Mark Twain, Jane Austen, Alexander Dumas and Rudyard Kipling, Charles Dickens, Franz Kafka, plus history books from the likes and biographies from the likes of Frederick Douglass, and even fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm.
You can see a actual -and extremely rare – 1455 copy of the Gutenberg Bible, the first book ever printed, in 1455, at the Morgan Library & Museum in Midtown Manhattan. It was purchased in 1895 by the zillionaire J. Pierpont Morgan for his private collection of rare books.