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Old 10-19-2019, 12:00 AM   #1
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October 19, 2019: Free Books For The Modern Reader

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Old 10-19-2019, 02:08 PM   #2
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Very nice. Thanks!
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Old 10-19-2019, 05:50 PM   #3
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Thank you for this post. I found unsanitized versions of some of the classics there. An excellent resource I was ignorant of until today.
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Old 10-20-2019, 10:48 AM   #4
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Very very nice.

Although their formatting guide advice changing and even removing part of the text to fit modern US style and spelling so I want to check some non-US works , especially those not written in english, to see how far they edit them....

Why, for exemple, remove ligatures (which will mess with french spelling) ?
Or remove the words "The end" at the end of a book ? Those are part of the text !

And I am of 2 minds on updating to modern spelling of words. I can see the appeal, and they do warn not to use it on poetry but... there are works where period spelling is part of the charm...

Edit : the french books are actually (or at least the few I checked) english translation, so ... they get a free pass on ligature.
And while I *strongly* dislike replacing footnote by endnote, I guess it is understandable for ebooks... Nor all ereader will treat footnote correctly.

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Old 10-20-2019, 03:02 PM   #5
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Update (which I'll make to the post itself in a moment): The folks at Standard Ebooks do NOT take donations. Their hosting costs are minimal and all of their work is volunteer labor, so they don't see a reason to solicit money they don't really have a use for.
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