As many of you know, I've put a number of public domain books and
essays on-line at my Exploring On-line Books website:
(I'm also currently doing a major revision change for Project Gutenberg's
edition of "From Ritual to Romance.") Believe, me doing proof-reading
is the hard part.
I have just found out that there is an easy way to do proof-reading
now using volunteers. There is a project where people scan in
pictures of pages of books and convert the image into an etext file.
Volunteers go to the project's website and use their browsers to view
the image of a page and the text and then send in a corrected copy of
the page. The project collects the pages and compares them with
another copy of the page corrected by someone else. Eventually an
etext version of the entire book is shipped to Project Gutenberg so
copies can be picked up by the public.
I think the motto for the project is "Just one page a day."
Besides proofreading, other ways to help are donating or lending public
domain books for them to scan, scanning books yourself and/or donating
money to support the website and to allow the project to gather books
on their own.
Here are the URLs you want to visit. The project's website may be
undergoing heavy traffic today so if you are having trouble connecting
please try again this weekend.
Distributed Proofreaders (in support of Project Gutenberg)
When a proofer elects to proofread a page for a particular project,
the text and image file are displayed on a single webpage. This allows
the text file to be easily reviewed and compared to the image file,
thus assisting the proofreading of the text file. The edited text file
is then submitted back to the site via the same webpage that it was
The Frequently Asked Questions are on this page: