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This is a copy of the e-mail sent out to new users upon registration.

New volunteer, welcome to Distributed Proofreaders and thank you for registering as a volunteer!

Your user name/ID is: XXXX

Please retain this email for future reference.

The information below is also available on our website at

Here’s how to get started.

Before working on the site or posting to the forums, please read our Code of Conduct.

Log into the Distributed Proofreaders Site

  1. Go to
  2. Enter your user name (ID) and password in the two boxes in the upper right-hand portion of the window and click on the "Sign In" button. If you don't see the log-in boxes, you are already logged in.
  3. Once you've logged in, please look at the navigation bar at the top of the screen. This bar has links to the major areas of the site, including P1 (the first proofreading round), SR (the Smooth Reading pool where you can access pre-released books), Forums, Wiki (documentation), and Prefs, (your personal preferences). Near the bottom of the right-hand side of the screen is a list of Key Help Documents.

Computer requirements

If you experience any problems when using the site, please make sure that your computer's time and date are correct and that your browser settings for Distributed Proofreaders are as follows:

  • javascript enabled
  • cookies accepted
  • popup windows allowed

Problems Logging In

If your password doesn't work, please try resetting it by visiting .

If you cannot log into the site or access the forums, please send an email describing the issue to dphelp and include your user name in the message.

Start Proofreading

  1. Before proofreading, please review the Proofreading Guidelines Summary.
  2. Log into the site and select the P1 link at the top of the page.
  3. Scroll down the page to the list of Projects Currently Available.
  4. Choose a project and select it via the title link. If a "BEGINNERS ONLY" project is available in a language in which you are proficient, it's best to start with that. BEGINNERS ONLY projects have been specially prepared to teach you DP-style proofing. New errors may have been introduced in some places so that you may gain experience in locating the various types of errors that you may encounter in regular projects. You can expect to receive feedback from a mentor on pages you proofread in BEGINNERS ONLY projects. This feedback will likely come at least a few days after you have completed the pages.
  5. A Project Page will appear. Scroll down the page and read the Project Comments which contain instructions specific to the book you have chosen.
  6. Once you're ready to start proofreading, scroll down the page to the "Start Proofreading" link under the Project Comments section. When you select that link, a proofreading interface window will open.
  7. Compare the text in the text box with what is in the image above it, changing the text to match the image if it doesn’t already do so. If you need to refer to the Project Comments, open the link which appears below the text box—it’s best to open this in a new window or tab.
  8. When you've finished proofreading the page, click on either the "Save as 'Done'" or "Save as 'Done' & Proofread Next Page" button. Congratulations--you've just proofread your first page!
  9. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to ask them in the the project's associated discussion topic in the forums (the link to the forum is on the Project Page above the Project Comments).
  10. Once you've proofread several pages, it’s a good idea to read the full Proofreading Guidelines and work through the automated interactive Basic Proofreading Quizzes and Tutorials to get instant feedback and gain confidence in your understanding of the Distributed Proofreaders proofreading process.

For feedback on projects other than Beginners Only, please send a private message or email to dp-feedback.

Start Smooth Reading

Smooth Reading involves reading a book that is almost ready for posting to Project Gutenberg and reporting anything that disrupts the sense or flow of the book.

  1. Log into the site and select the SR link on the navigation bar.
  2. Read the instructions and examples at the top of the page. For more detailed information read the Smooth Reading section of the wiki.
  3. When you're ready, scroll down to the list of Projects Currently Available.
  4. Choose a project by selecting its title.
  5. A Project Page will appear. Scroll down the page to the "Smooth Reading" section and click on the "Volunteer to SR" button to inform us that you have volunteered to Smooth read that project. (You may withdraw your commitment to Smooth Read the project at any time by clicking on the "Withdraw from SR" button.)
  6. To download a copy of the text for reading, select the "Download zipped text for Smooth Reading" link in the "Smooth Reading" section of the Project Page. A download window will appear.
  7. Save the compressed zip file to your computer. Unzip the file, open the book and read it, making a note of anything you wish to report.
  8. When you’ve finished, save and zip your annotated file, and upload it to the project page using the “Upload a smooth-read text” link in the "Smooth Reading" section of the Project Page.


For general questions about Distributed Proofreaders, please send an email to dphelp and ask in our forums.

General Overview

For a general overview of Distributed Proofreaders and other resource material, including a list of other ways you can help at Distributed Proofreaders, please check out our New Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions and browse the resources in our Information for New and Returning Volunteers area.

Thank you again for joining Distributed Proofreaders. Every page you work on helps us make our books available to the public more rapidly. We hope you will enjoy volunteering here and we appreciate your contribution towards our effort to provide an ever larger and richer collection of free quality e-books to the world.

The Distributed Proofreaders Site Team

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Last edited: 27/01/2017

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