In a publishing industry dominated by corporate publishing of books and ebooks, value is placed on works that sell to broad markets. Quick turnover, high-visibility marketing campaigns for bestsellers, and corporate "superstore" bookstores have all made it difficult for unique and older texts to be published. (Further, the costs this marketing adds to all books discourage people from leisure reading as a common practice.) And publishers tend to encourage authors to write books with strong appeal to the current, undermining (if unknowingly) writings with longer-term implications.
The EServer (founded in 1990 at Carnegie Mellon as the English Server), attempts to provide an alternative niche for quality work, particularly writings in the arts and humanities. Based at Iowa State University since 2003, we offer fifty online collections on such diverse topics as art, architecture, race, Internet studies, sexuality, drama, design, multimedia, and contemporary cultural studies. In addition to short and longer written works, we publish hypertext and streaming audio and video recordings. We offer advanced database-driven web publishing technologies to authors and editors who publish with us. Our collections grow as increased membership has new works to publish with us, and as we teach new members how to publish works to the Web and to the more than two million readers who visit our site per month. According to Alexa, this makes us among the most popular arts and humanities websites in the world.
We are a Community
Are you working on a project, or do you have an idea that you want others to hear about? Do you already have a work that may need editorial input? Do you think you have knowledge to help new writers in their endeavours? Do you want to publish something online which may require advanced web technologies? Read about membership! Our co-op provides a forum where your project can receive feedback and assistance from our members--and when you're ready, working with one of our collection editors, you can publish with us to a worldwide audience.
If you are not already familiar with the EServer, we suggest that you browse this document, reviewing "What the EServer Publishes," and work your way through the document, following links. If you have any additional questions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.