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I Heart Project Gutenberg, FinePrint, Laser Printers, and Binder Clips

by Ann-Katrina

Wuthering Heights Printout

If you’ve never heard of Project Gutenberg, you’re missing out on some Unadulterated Awesome™.

It’s a place where you can find books in the public domain, including many of the great classics such as Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (pictured above). You can even find works by Austen, Lawrence, Twain, the other Brontë sisters, Wells, and many more.

FinePrint is software which allows you to print multiple pages on a single sheet of paper. It’s not free, but there’s a fully-functional free trial that doesn’t expire—it only adds a small footer.

Personal laser printers offer sharper lines than inkjets, meaning smaller font sizes are easier to read, and they tend to print much faster. (My Brother wireless printer shot out the entire novel pictured above—50 pages—in under two minutes.)

The wonders of binder clips should be self-explanatory. But just in case: No unholy mess of papers. (Also good for keeping snack bags closed.)

Now I can curl up with a novel and highlight sections and jot notes in the margin without any residual guilt for mangling a perfectly good (bound) book (which may not be mine in the first place).

Here are a couple helpful tips if you plan on going this route:

  • Whenever possible, choose the HTML version of a book, and then copy/paste it into a word processing program so you can format the font/margin sizes, remove space between paragraphs, and add page numbers. (12 pt Times New Roman/.5” margins all around usually works best for me.)
  • Delete everything that isn’t part of the novel itself—it’ll save you about 5-10 pages. Most of it is found at the very beginning and very end of the novel.
  • If you use heavy weight/darker paper, double-sided printing will save more trees, but if you wish to take notes, then single-sided is best.
  • Print a single test sheet to make sure everything is as you like it. Much easier than printing 50 sheets and discovering the font’s too small for your pleasure.

Comments on I Heart Project Gutenberg, FinePrint, Laser Printers, and Binder Clips

  1. # Caitie F wrote on October 27, 2009 at 10:15 am:

    I love this website – it is also a GREAT teaching tool. Since it is all stuff in public domain, teachers can use the works as supplements in teaching grammar, vocabulary, and a lot of other things!
    .-= Caitie F´s last blog ..ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley =-.

  2. # Ann-Kat wrote on October 27, 2009 at 2:11 pm:

    You’re absolutely right, Caitie.

  3. # Zee wrote on October 27, 2009 at 5:01 pm:

    Another teacher here who loves Project Gutenberg. It means I can get short stories for my students without breaking my schools non-existent budget!
    .-= Zee´s last blog ..What’s On Your Nightstand? October Edition =-.

  4. # Ann-Kat wrote on October 27, 2009 at 6:03 pm:

    I truly wish I had known about it while I was in school and I know some of my teachers would too.

  5. # Teaser Tuesdays: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte - Today, I Read… wrote on November 3, 2009 at 2:30 pm:

    [...] Classics Deluxe Edition of the book (because I love that cover), I’m actually reading it from my Project Gutenberg printout—therefore, the page number may not correspond with any of the traditionally published volumes. On [...]

  6. # Sravana wrote on November 17, 2009 at 6:27 pm:

    I heart project Gutenberg as well! I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been bored out of my mind at work and opened this website to read a good book. I didn’t know about fine print though. Thanks much! And I love your blog. This is another one of my regularly visited sites to keep me entertained through the day :)

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