new tools for old books
February 8, 2010 Leave a comment
If I were still an active programmer, I’d try to automate this:
Amazon.com has thousands of public-domain books for the Kindle. They are garbage. They are poorly formatted and riddled with typos. They were all computer generated, never proofed by human beings.
Project Gutenberg has most of those same titles, formatted better (though not perfectly) and proofread by human eyes.
But Amazon has user reviews and ratings, and I can list their public-domain books by popularity.
So I’m using Amazon to assemble my reading list, which I then download from Gutenberg.
I’m sure the program to automate this is straightforward.