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Proofreading for Fun and (non) Profit

August 9, 2007

So I’m a freshly-minted Distributed Proofreader, and I want everyone suitable in the world to join up immediately.  It’s the coolest thing ever.  For people who enjoy proofreading.

Still here?  Naturally you are.  Because you’re the kind of person who can read the words “enjoy” and “proofreading” in the same sentence without spitting your coffee all over the computer screen.

Project Gutenberg makes copyright-free books of all sorts, in all kinds of languages, available on line.  It’s a constant temptation to me, because it’s chock full of the kinds of things I love to read, and which are very hard to find in non-etheric forms:  all of the Scarlet Pimpernel books, for example.  A bunch of old cookbooks.  Housekeeping manuals.  All the books that were on Flora Poste’s bookshelf at Cold Comfort Farm.  It’s what the internet was made for–the infinitely painstaking application of a beautifully ramified system to something you didn’t know you needed, but for which your heart was a-wearying.

And now I can give back to P.G., by proofreading a page a day for them.  And you can, too.  Go here, read the rules, and dive right in.  It’s easy.  It’s fun.  And it extends the borders of knowledge–in just minutes a day.

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  1. Jo Fothergill permalink
    August 10, 2007 2:46 pm

    oh – thanks for this – looks interesting – could be educational too (especially since i’m starting to do some editing for other people)

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