Practise your German with Project Gutenberg

I have mentioned Project Gutenberg before for individual books, but there are so many good German books available, it deserves a blog post on its own. Project Gutenberg digitalises old books which have no copyright anymore, According to the website “no fee or registration is required, but if you find Project Gutenberg useful, we kindly ask you to donate a small amount so we can buy and digitize more books”.

Most books are in English but the list of German books is also growing. They are available to download in various forms, including Kindle, or you can just read online, and some can be listened to.

Check out some of the old classic children’s books:

In the Drama section you’ll find Goethe, Kleist, Lessing, Schiller and even Shakespeare. Macbeth in German anyone?

There are so many more books, too many to mention, including non-fiction books. I’ve just downloaded Reise durch England and Schottland, written by Johanna Schopenhauer (1766 – 1838), mother of Arthur Schopenhauer, as I’m intrigued by her journey through England and Scotland.

These books are not for beginners, but anybody who has a good knowledge of German and wants to keep it up may find some gems amongst those books. let me know if you’ve downloaded – and enjoyed – one!

PS. You may recall the blog post about the Collins Dictionary for the Kindle. If you did buy the dictionary, that should be a great help.

 

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2 Responses to Practise your German with Project Gutenberg

  1. Vic Duan says:

    About 21% of multilingual firms use German (https://iclew.com/list/multilingual). It’s among the top business languages, only second to English, so definitely worthy of the efforts.

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