Sunday, January 5, 2014

The Box of Books

When, at age eight or nine, I inherited a box of books from my cousins, I felt as if I'd been given the world. I remember very clearly the smell and texture of those old cloth-covered hardbacks, and the feeling of anticipation as I unpacked the box at home. One of those books was Little Women, which gave me my first seductive glimpse of a writer’s life: Jo March scribbling in the attic with a pet rat for company. In fact, a few of those books might still be on our shelves.

I thought about that box recently while poking around Project Gutenberg, the user-friendly site founded by the late Michael Stern Hart that at present offers 44,479 e-books for free download. What a gift! 

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