Standard Ebooks is a volunteer driven, not-for-profit project
that produces lovingly formatted, open source, and free public
Ebook projects like Project Gutenberg transcribe ebooks and
make them available for the widest number of reading devices.
Standard Ebooks takes ebooks from sources like Project
Gutenberg, formats and typesets them using a carefully designed
and professional-grade style guide, lightly modernizes them,
fully proofreads and corrects them, and then builds them to
take advantage of state-of-the-art ereader and browser
Other free ebooks don’t put much effort into professional-quality
typography: they use "straight" quotes instead of “curly” quotes,
they ignore details like em- and en-dashes, and they look more
like early-90’s web pages instead of actual books.
The Standard Ebooks project applies a rigorous and modern
typography manual when developing each and every ebook to ensure
they meet a professional-grade and consistent typographical
standard. Our ebooks look good.
What a fantastic project. Project Gutenberg is an amazing library, but their books are a mess typographically. (Via Daniel Bogan.)