Gutenberg Reader

Andre Garzia andre at andregarzia.com
Mon Feb 23 13:09:22 CST 2009


Peter,

thanks for the software. Just to let you know, it actually runs fine
on Linux under WINE. I downloaded the windows versions, launched it
and it worked surprisingly well under WINE, I never thought WINE had
hit such maturity.

Check your main screen here:

http://andregarzia.com/shots/screenshot_03.png

And text viewing here:

http://andregarzia.com/shots/screenshot_04.png

I guess you're using RevBrowser for the Project Gutenberg website
display, I was amazed to see RevBrowser working under linux thru
WINE...

Interesting times indeed. For those that doesn't know WINE is a
compatibility layer that allows linux to run unmodified windows
software, WINE is not an emulator, it translates win32 calls into
something linux like.

Cheers
andre

On Sun, Feb 22, 2009 at 2:41 PM, Peter Brigham MD <pmbrig at gmail.com> wrote:
> I've uploaded a stack to my userspace at RevOnline (user name pmbrig) called
> The Gutenberg Reader. Bug reports, comments, and feedback are appreciated.
>
> From the help text:
>
> "The Gutenberg Reader is literally an entire library of over 30,000 volumes,
> right on your desktop. Well, almost literally. The Reader is designed to
> import and display etexts generated by Project Gutenberg™. These are free
> public domain texts available online — the Gutenberg catalog has over 30,000
> books (and growing), and with their partners and affiliates makes over
> 100,000 titles available to anyone with internet access. Any of the
> Gutenberg texts are accessible within a couple minutes from within the
> Reader.
>
> "The Gutenberg pages are actually designed to be viewed with any web
> browser, without any additional application or software required, and you
> don't really have to use the Reader to access them. However, the Reader
> downloads a Gutenberg text and replaces simple quotes with curly quotation
> marks, double dashes with m-dashes, gets rid of the end-of-line characters
> within paragraphs, and presents the text in a book-like layout, using the
> fontface of your choice. You can navigate easily through the book with
> mouseclicks or using the arrowkeys, set a bookmark, and make notes on any
> passage. The result is a completely different reading experience from what
> you are probably used to on a computer screen."
>
> The Reader is also available in a standalone application at
>
> http://home.comcast.net/~pmbrig/Gutenberg.html
>
> Many thanks to all on this list who have helped me (mostly unknowingly) over
> the years I have been (mostly) lurking in the background. I have picked up
> countless tips on the vicissitudes of Rev without which I'd have been lost.
> Some of us benefit quietly from all the amazing information shared here, and
> we may not always speak up about it.
>
> a grateful amateur,
>
> Peter M. Brigham
> pmbrig at gmail.com
>
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