It’s absolutely brilliant for a historical novelist. I’ve used it to read Victorian housekeeping books, diaries, and research topics of interest. A quick search of my eBooks folder shows me some of the various subjects and books I’ve downloaded:
AN ENGLISH GRAMMAR, by W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell
1811 DICTIONARY OF THE VULGAR TONGUE, by Captain Grose et al.
FIFTEEN THOUSAND USEFUL PHRASES, by Greenville Kleiser
And I quote, "Practical Handbook Of Pertinent Expressions, Striking Similes, Literary, Commercial, Conversational, And Oratorical Terms, For The Embellishment Of Speech And Literature, And The Improvement Of The Vocabulary Of Those Persons Who Read, Write, And Speak English.”
LETTERS FROM ENGAND 1846-1849, by Elizabeth Davis Bancroft
THE CENTURY VOCABULARY BUILDER, By Garland Greever and Joseph M. Bachelor.
THE HOUSE OF THE VAMPIRE, by George Sylvester Viereck
SHORT STORY WRITING, A PRACTICAL TREATISE ON THE ART OF THE SHORT STORY, by Charles Raymond Barrett
THE LOSS OF THE SS. TITANIC, by Lawrence Beesley (a firsthand account that kept me as riveted as the movie)
et cetera, et cetera . . .
I suppose any non-writer would think I was grabbing all the boring ones. But it's a gold mine for writers and researchers, not to mention a place to read the classics for free. They also have illustrated books, children's botany, etc.
So do any of you guys visit Project Gutenberg? And if so, I'm curious what you've down loaded.