Services to authors, publishers, and distributorsThe ETEXT Archives
provides content hosting services to people or organizations seeking to make
their documents, periodicals, books, and/or works of fiction available to the
The ETEXT Archives does not maintain lists of links to
content on other sites. Please do not request that we link to your off-site
content. This project is only an archive; it is not a list of links. If you want
a link, go to John Labovitz's E-Zine List.
Publishing your materials via the ETEXT Archives yields substantial benefits:
- Publishing on the ETEXT Archives is free. Disk space is allocated
generously as long as it is available. Shortages have not existed for several
- Content published on the ETEXT Archives is indexed regularly by both
public web crawlers and our own search engine.
- Potential readers of your materials are already finding and reading
similar publications on the ETEXT Archives, and you'll benefit from the
regular "foot traffic" of users browsing the archives. Users come to our site
to search for documents and e-zines. Publishing your materials on the ETEXT
Archives is the only way your content will end up in our search engine.
- We're committed to preserving your work forever, whether or not you choose
to continue publishing.
- You retain editorial control, and can directly manage your own content (if
- You retain all rights to your work, and the ETEXT Archives will not sell
or otherwise profit from your work.
- Your materials will be made available to the general public via both FTP
and HTTP protocols.
Submitting your content to the archives
- Manage your own content. Request an FTP account by
sending e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You'll be able to upload your own documents to be served up (and indexed) by
our web and FTP servers; the files you upload will be immediately available to
the public in your own archive subdirectory. You may occasionally experience
lengthly delays in response to account requests.
- Upload your files anonymously. We maintain an FTP upload
directory for users without authenticated access. Anyone may submit files with
or without an account. The upload area is ftp://ftp.etext.org/pub/incoming/.
Please send a note to email@example.com when
you upload something, and tell us the file name(s) and subject matter that you
uploaded so we know where it belongs.
- Have us mirror your work. If your documents are available
via FTP on another server, and you'd like to have us copy them to the ETEXT
Archives automatically once per week, send your request via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll set it up. You'll
maintain your work on your primary server, and we'll mirror all your changes
and updates automatically.
What submissions will we reject?Our submission policies are
intentionally lax. Our purpose is not to judge the merit of your content. In
order to prevent abuse of our service, and to fulfill our mission, the following
rules are applied when evaluating materials for acceptance to the archives:
- No links. We will not add a link to your web site. We
only offer publishing services. This is not a directory, catalog, database,
- Materials must be within the scope of our project. This
includes zines, politics, fiction, poetry, books and religious texts. It
specifically does not include software. We also generally do not accept
business or marketing newsletters, or other works of a strictly commercial
nature (whether or not they are free). If you would like to publish something
outside our current scope, tell us about it.
- No pornography will be accepted. Zines and fiction
sometimes contain erotic or profane language. This is usually acceptable. We
are primarily interested in not becoming a site that serves
up pictures of naked people. We could never have enough bandwidth to offer
this. If in doubt, ask.
- We must respect copyright law. Do not submit materials
without permission from copyright holders. Do not submit materials which have
copyright restrictions that prevent free and uncontrolled redistribution to
the general public. You can retain copyright to your work. You cannot prevent
it from being widely redistributed if you put it on our servers. If you wish
to submit materials for which you are not the copyright holder, please obtain
written permission from the copyright holder and send it to us. Send us an
e-mail message at email@example.com to arrange
- Use appropriate formats. Although we will accept
documents in almost any format, we strongly recommend that you use formats
which lend themselves to on-line browsing and indexing. This means that ASCII
text, HTML (and associated popular image formats), PDF, and PostScript are the
most recommended document formats. Try to avoid using word processor or
application formats which limit your readership and prevent your documents
from being located by our search engine. Remember that your readers will be
using dozens of different computer platforms, and may not have the same
software that you do.
Acknowledging your sponsorWe encourage authors and publishers who use
our service to acknowledge sponsorship by the ETEXT Archives by helping raise
awareness of our mission and services. One way that web content publishers can
do this is by placing a small graphic and link on web page(s) they serve from
our site. Sample HTML is below:
<IMG SRC="/images/etext.gif" ALT="Sponsored by the ETEXT Archives"
This is the graphic. Making your own is also fine.
the Etext Archives