In the mid-fifteenth century, Johannes Gutenberg revolutionized the way information was shared and transmitted throughout society. With the advent of his printing press in 1450, Gutenberg transformed the European continent in more ways than is describable in this blog post. 460 more words
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I downloaded the Project Gutenberg DVD from here: http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Gutenberg:The_CD_and_DVD_Project
I mounted the ISO and copied the files across to a folder, preserving structure.
I used this code to unpack the zip archives, ~32,000 in all into a flat folder to make an easily usable corpus.