“Today, there are still parts of the world where access to the global internet is limited. Rural parts of world from Alaska to Africa have bandwidth to that is unevenly distributed. Other parts of the world may be disconnected because of censorship or social strife.
In response, the Internet-in-a-Box project has produced open-source designs for self-contained hotspots based on RaspberryPi computers. Content modules can be installed by plugging in USB drives with self-contained websites. The Kiwix Project, already behind the “Offline Wikipedia” distribution effort, has been developing content modules and the ZIM compressed file format that facilitates this process. Project Gutenberg is a 48 year old organization whose mission is to make public domain works available for free on the internet. To date, over 60,000 works, mostly books, have been posted.
USB flash drives that can store 128GB are now available for only $20 – that’s more than enough storage for all 60,000 books in Project Gutenberg. An offline version of Project Gutenberg had been developed by the Kiwix team, but still needed a last push to implement key usability features….”