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Distributed Proofreaders provides a web-based method to ease the conversion of Public Domain books into e-books. By dividing the workload into individual pages, many volunteers can work on a book at the same time, which significantly speeds up the creation process.
During proofreading, volunteers are presented with a scanned page image and the corresponding OCR text on a single web page. This allows the text to be easily compared to the image, proofread, and sent back to the site. A second volunteer is then presented with the first volunteer's work and the same page image, verifies and corrects the work as necessary, and submits it back to the site. The book then similarly progresses through two formatting rounds using the same web interface.
Once all the pages have completed these steps, a post-processor carefully assembles them into an e-book, optionally makes it available to interested parties for 'smooth reading', and submits it to the Project Gutenberg archive.
How You Can Help
Registered volunteers may contribute to Distributed Proofreaders in several ways including proofreading, "smooth reading" pre-released e-books to check for errors, managing projects, providing content, or even helping develop improvements to the site. Volunteers may also join other members of our community in our forums to discuss these and many other topics.
Volunteering at Distributed Proofreaders
It's easy to volunteer at Distributed Proofreaders. Simply register as a volunteer. Once you've confirmed your registration by e-mail, you'll receive an introductory e-mail with basic instructions on how to log in and use the site. Then, you're ready to sign in and start learning to proofread or visit the smooth reading page to pick an e-book to read! Wherever you go, you'll find lots of information to help you get started. Please try our Walkthrough for a preview of the steps involved when proofreading on this site.
There is no commitment expected on this site beyond the understanding that you do your best. Spend as much or as little time as you like. We encourage you to proofread at least a page a day and/or smooth read a book as often as your time allows, but it's entirely up to you.
We hope you will join us in our mission of "preserving the literary history of the world in a freely available form for everyone to use."
Distributed Proofreaders regrets that we are unable to verify court-ordered community service because our system cannot adequately record time spent participating.
"A historical and descriptive narrative of twenty years' residence in South America (2 of 3)"—Stevenson, William Bennet (English)
"A historical and descriptive narrative of twenty years' residence in South America (1 of 3)"—Stevenson, William Bennet (English)
"The Law of Storms: The Various Phenomena by which their Approach can be Ascertained with Certainty, and Practical Directions to Mariners for the Avoidance of their Fury "—Capt. John Ross (English)
"History of the Royal Sappers and Miners, from the Formation of the Corps in March 1712, to the Date When Its Designation was Changed to that of Royal Engineers in October 1856 Vol. I"—Connolly, Thomas William John (English)
"My Fifteen Lost Years"—Maybrick, Florence Elizabeth Chandler (English)
"The Peddler Spy or Dutchmen and Yankees"—Hamilton, W. J. (English)
"A history of Spanish literature"—Fitzmaurice-Kelly, James (English)
"The Achievements of The British Navy In The World-War"—Leyland, John (English)
"La dama joven"—Pardo Bazán, Emilia (Spanish)
"The Lunarian Professor and his Remarkable Revelations concerning the Earth, the Moon, and Mars--Together with An Account of the Cruise of the Sally Ann "—Alexander, James B., (James Bradun), (1831-1914) (English)
Distributed Proofreaders was founded in 2000 by Charles Franks to support the digitization of Public Domain books. Originally conceived to assist Project Gutenberg (PG), Distributed Proofreaders (DP) is now the main source of PG e-books. In 2002, Distributed Proofreaders became an official PG site. In May 2006, Distributed Proofreaders became a separate legal entity and continues to maintain a strong relationship with PG.