Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg, has died.

The younger generations have no doubt about e-Books.

It’s only the dinosaurs that have no idea what’s going on. We are still getting email stating that not one person is ever going to read books from computers!

Who will be the more well-read – those who can carry at most a dozen books with them, or those who have a PDA in their pocket with a hundred or more e-Books in it?

Who will look up more quotations in context? Who will use the dictionary more often? Who will look up geographical information more often?

He was sometimes referred to as the founder of ePublishing and eBooks. The above quote is from an interview in 2002.

It’s at least comforting that he saw eBooks take off in his lifetime. Perhaps not exactly as he had envisioned it, but it showed he was right about the use and practicality of digital books all along.

1 thought on “Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg, has died.

  1. As much as I admire his vision and his dedication at the same time one must deplore the very bad typography and page layout of most Gutenberg e-books and the plethora of typos…

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