The Gutenberg project is described as follows :

Project Gutenberg offers over 42,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.

We carry high quality ebooks: All our ebooks were previously published by bona fide publishers. We digitized and diligently proofread them with the help of thousands of volunteers.


To expand on Project Gutenberges idea of sharing, I suggest you make a hardcopy of these books in a easy and quick way without using glue : so that this digitized knowledge becomes accessible for everyone to read.

The books that you can edit are the html files found inside of the archive. Note that large files can't be exported because the server has a limited memory.

The script works as follows :

  • It retrieves the file from Gutenberg Project's mirror site.
  • It changes some elements in order to unify the html file thanks to the PHP Simple HTML DOM Parser library.
  • It edits a PDF file reorganizing the elements and dividing the whole document into several booklets in order to be printable thanks to the MPDF library.


Here is how to make your book :

1* Choose a book on the Gutenberg Project by copying the url of the book you wish to print : here or there

  • For example : http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/17541

2* Paste the link into the text box and select the relevant options:

  • Printer Type : Duplex = automatic duplex | Non-duplex = manual duplex
  • Source : Leave it on Project Gutenberg if the link is from the project's website.
  • The script allows you to edit other books not from the Gutenberg Project. You have to indicate a link pointing to a ZIP archive containing an html file and if needed an 'images' directory.

3 * Print your book and fold the paper into a 5 page booklets. All that remains is for you to clip on a cover.

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Bücherschrank hacking - SABES @ WerderPlatz, Karlsruhe, Germany :

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