Michael Hart, Inventor & Creator of eBooks Dies at 64

Michael Hart, termed by many as the father of the ever expanding eBook industry of today is no more!

Hart, who had launched and led the Project Gutenberg some forty years back took his last breath on Tuesday at the age of 64, the project officially confirmed.

Born in March 8, 1947, the US based author and the inventor of eBook founded the Project Gutenberg on July 4, 1971.

Hart said in an email message at the time. He gave the message a strong, but not entirely hyperbolic title: "It's The Year of the E-book!" ZDNet reports.

The Project Gutenberg which kick-started as a small online library has undergone a massive growth in the 40 odd years since it came into being.

Earlier in March 2011, it released as much as 40,000 digitised books, in addition to which it combined another 60,000 from various sources.

Project Gutenberg Chief Executive Gregory B. Newby said in a statement that Hart had been in poor health recently and was found seriously ill at his Urbana residence. The cause of the death will be confirmed after the autopsy report arrives.

The obituary of late Mr. Hart may be found here.

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