Project Gutenberg is the oldest and largest single collection of free electronic books, with more that 45.000 titles founded in 1971 by Michael S. Hart with the digitisation of the United States Declaration of Independence. The project is registered as a charity so it’s mainly supported by the users through direct or indirect donations from affiliation programs.
I decided to have a go at re-designing it – unsolicited– and the result was very satisfying.
I analysed the current website, its structure and what it offers then compared it with its commercial ebook competitors to gain the best approach to move the project forward.
I created a website that looks modern and accessible with a usable interface and tried thinking of a more integrated way to monetise the site and support the project without having to completely relying on donations from the users or using standard advertisement banners.
Once I was satisfied with the overall design of the website i went on and built a prototype.