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A brief discussion of how EServer publishing tends to differ from that of contemporary corporate presses.

Since 1979, corporate publishers have reorganized mass-market book publishing. Because of changes to U.S. tax law in January 1979, publishers now find it much more rewarding to publish books with less "shelf appeal" as timeless works, and with shorter-term mass appeal.

As a result, authors don't tend to publish books with as much of an eye to longevity. Books are more expensive, discouraging younger readers from taking up leisure reading as was more affordable in previous decades. This has been particularly devastating for works in the arts and humanities, which have become far less popular in recent decades, as readers less often read significant, important, and substantive works. The National Endowment for the Arts 2004 report Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America points out the seriousness of the problem.

The EServer seeks to address this, by fostering free access to qualities writings in the arts and humanities. We don't expect to solve the problem, but hope, by providing high-quality writings (both contemporary and classic), to contribute to the preservation of literate culture that had been so successfully created in the United States 1932-1979.