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Teachers and students here in the Philippines who have always wanted to read the works of Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Victor Hugo as well as other classic literary authors will now have the chance to read their works for free – and with faster access as Smart Communications, Inc. (SMART) through its flagship community service initiative, the Smart Schools Program, is sponsoring the Project Gutenberg mirror in the Philippines.

For the Project Gutenberg mirror, Smart donated a server for the program’s use as well as the bandwidth so schools can have faster access to the free digital books.

Founded in 1971, Project Gutenberg offers over 19,000 copyright free public domain books as of August 2006. In addition to literary works such as novels, poetry, short stories, and drama, Project Gutenberg also has reference works and issues of periodicals. It also offers some audio files and music notation files for downloads.

While most of these books are mainly works of Western literature, the collection currently holds around 70 books from and about the Philippines such as Doctrina Christiana, Ibong Adarna, Francisco Balagtas’ Florante at Laura, Modesto de Castro’s Pagsusulatan nang Dalauang Binibini na si Urbana at ni Feliza and Rosauro Almario’s Ang Mananayaw.

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The Smart sponsored site mirror will enable users in the Philippines and nearby regions to access and download e-books at faster rate and prevents congestion at the US-based main Project Gutenberg site.

The complete collection will soon be available by October in the Smart sponsored mirror (http://gutenberg.smartschools.ph).

Here’s a preview of some works currently being downloaded:

Title: The Century Vocabulary Builder
Author: Creever & Bachelor
Release Date: November 13, 2003 [EBook #10073]
Language: English

Title: Edgar Allan Poe's Complete Poetical Works
Author: Edgar Allan Poe
Release Date: November 10, 2003 [EBook #10031]
Language: English

Title: Apocolocyntosis
Author: Lucius Seneca
Release Date: November 10, 2003 [EBook #10001]
[Date last updated: April 9, 2005]
Language: English

Title: My First Years As A Frenchwoman, 1876-1879
Author: Mary King Waddington
Release Date: November 10, 2003 [EBook #10003]
Language: English

Title: The Warriors
Author: Lindsay, Anna Robertson Brown
Release Date: November 10, 2003 [EBook #10004]
Language: English

Title: A Voyage to the Moon
Author: George Tucker
Release Date: November 7, 2003 [EBook #10005]
Language: English

Title: La Fiammetta
Author: Giovanni Boccaccio
Release Date: November 7, 2003 [EBook #10006]
Language: English

Title: The Mountains of California
Author: John Muir
Release Date: November 7, 2003 [EBook #10012]
Language: English

Title: Hell
The Inferno from The Divine Comedy
Author: Dante Alighieri
Release Date: August 7, 2004 [EBook #1005]
Language: English

Title: The Divine Comedy of Dante: Purgatory
Author: Dante Alighieri
Release Date: August 6, 2004 [EBook #1006]
Language: English

Title: The Divine Comedy of Dante: Paradise
Author: Dante Alighieri
Release Date: August 2, 2004 [EBook #1007]
[Date last updated: November 21. 2005]
Language: English

Title: The Strand Magazine: Volume VII, Issue 37. January, 1894.
An Illustrated Monthly
Author: Edited by George Newnes
Release Date: November 8, 2003 [EBook #10020]
Language: English

Title: The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction
Vol. 10, Issue 268, August 11, 1827
Author: Various
Release Date: October 9, 2003 [eBook #10026]
Language: English

Title: The Hunt Ball Mystery
Author: Magnay, William
Release Date: November 10, 2003 [EBook #10029]
[Date last updated: January 29, 2005]
Language: English

Title: The Life of Hon. William F. Cody
Known as Buffalo Bill The Famous Hunter, Scout and Guide
Author: William F. Cody
Release Date: November 10, 2003 [EBook #10030]
[Date last updated: July 5, 2006]
Language: English

Title: A Beautiful Possibility
Author: Edith Ferguson Black
Release Date: November 10, 2003 [EBook #10037]
Language: English

Title: The Magnetic North
Author: Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
Release Date: November 10, 2003 [EBook #10038]
Language: English

Title: Klondyke Nuggets
A Brief Description of the Great Gold Regions in the Northwest
Author: Joseph Ladue
Release Date: November 11, 2003 [EBook #10043]
Language: English

Title: Salute to Adventurers
Author: John Buchan
Release Date: November 11, 2003 [EBook #10046]
Language: English

Title: Chinese Literature
Comprising The Analects of Confucius, The Sayings of Mencius,
The Shi-King, The Travels of F?-Hien, and The Sorrows of Han
Author: Anonymous
Release Date: November 17, 2003 [EBook #10056]
Language: English

Title: The Mystery Of The Boule Cabinet
A Detective Story
Author: Burton Egbert Stevenson
Release Date: November 12, 2003 [EBook #10067]
[Date last updated: February 27, 2005]
Language: English

Title: By-Ways of Bombay
Author: S. M. Edwardes, C.V.O.
Release Date: November 12, 2003 [EBook #10071]
Language: English

Title: The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction
Vol. 10, Issue 269, August 18, 1827
Author: Various
Release Date: October 13, 2003 [eBook #10074]
Language: English

Title: The Hampstead Mystery
Author: John R. Watson
Release Date: November 14, 2003 [eBook #10082]
[Date last updated: December 22, 2004]
Language: English

Title: The House of the Whispering Pines
Author: Anna Katharine Green
Release Date: November 14, 2003 [eBook #10083]
Language: English

Title: Moorish Literature
Author: Anonymous
Release Date: November 14, 2003 [EBook #10085]
[Most recently updated on January 28, 2004]
Language: English

Title: The Minute Boys of the Mohawk Valley
Author: James Otis
Release Date: November 14, 2003 [eBook #10086]
Language: English

Title: The Trojan women of Euripides
Author: Euripides
Release Date: November 16, 2003 [EBook #10096]
Language: English