Alternative Web-Based Publication Systems
A moth ate a word. When I heard of that marvel, it seemed to me a strange fate that a worm should devour the speech of a man, that a thief in the dark should eat the words of the mighty and the book that contained them. Nor was that stealthy guest made any the wiser by the words that he swallowed.--Anonymous
One of my foes deprived me of life, took my worldly strength, wet me thereafter, immersed me in water, removed me again, set me in the sun, where soon I lost the hair that I had. The hard knife-edge, afterwards cut me, the impurities ground off; fingers folded me and the fowl's delight made tracks upon me with useful drops o'er the swart edges, swallowed the tree dye, part of the stream, stepped on me then, traveled on, leaving the blackest of tracks. Then a man bound me with binding boards, covered me with hide, clothed me with gold. So the work of smiths splendidly decked me, and the encircled me with wire. Now the ornaments and the reddish dye and the glory-dwellings attest afar the protector of people, no less the fates of foolish men. If the sons of men seek to use me they will be the sounder and surer of victory, the bolder of heart, the blither of spirit, the wiser of mind, the more friends they will have, the dear and the near, the true and the good, the kind and the faithful, who will add to their fame, their glory, and joy, and graciously then clothe them with kindness, clasping them firmly in the arms of love. Ask what I am called, of benefit to men. My name is famous, useful to heroes and holy itself.--Anonymous
Lewis Micropublishing remains steadfastly committed to the production and publication of quality texts and textual or text-related artifacts that have global reach and significance, and that remain at the cutting edge of human civilization.
Our goals are to:
i. Develop traditional and digital publishing and publication frameworks and forums in a parallel and symbiotic manner.
ii. Encourage the exploration of new forms, styles and genres of writing and textual presentation that emerge in the interstices between the virtual and hard-copy worlds.
iii. Develop both digital and traditional print reference and bibliographic resources and systems of efficient delivery of such resources on demand.
On Digital & Virtual Publishing
There is no doubt that digital publishing is quickly changing the larger world of conventional publishing, and these changes are, like all changes, relatively permanent and irreversible. The great facility with which almost anyone, like myself, can publish to the web and achieve some measure of global virtual visibility entails that quality control and reliability and credibility become placed at a premium. People have visited us from every nation on earth, and keep returning for more.
We have for the past decade actively explored the differences between hard-copy and digital publications, especially on a web-based forum, and it is clear that writing for a web-based readership is a different problem set than that of an author writing for a hard-copy audience via bookstores. These differences are many, on almost every facet of the problem of writing, production and publication, and are often subtle and critical to the text.