Produce your own ebook and submit it to Standard Ebooks
Our tools and processes are all open source, so anyone with the right technical and editorial knowledge can produce a new Standard Ebooks ebook.
In order to keep track of who’s working on which ebook, and to ensure the ebook you want to produce is one that we’ll accept, please contact us at our mailing list to pitch your ebook. Once we’ve OK’d your selection, you can get started!
You can get started on your own ebook by reading our article on producing a new ebook step by step.
We’re unlikely to accept these kinds of books:
Ebooks that are not clearly in the U.S. public domain. If it’s not on Gutenberg, we’ll probably decline it.
Extremely short works, like pamphlets or individual short stories. For example, we wouldn’t accept Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal” or Philip K. Dick’s “Mr. Spaceship.” However we are interested in complete compilations of short stories, for example our ebook of all of Philip K. Dick’s public domain short stories.
Ebooks which are not “notable” literature. While this one is a little subjective, we don’t want to become a dumping ground for any kind of transcription of any kind of public domain work. If, in our opinion, the author is extremely obscure, or the subject matter is of little interest to a general modern reader, we may decline it. For example, we would decline to host the Haslemere Museum Gazette, or Ocean Gardens: The History of the Marine Aquarium.
Modern books that have been self-published and released to the public domain.
Major religious texts from modern world religions, like the Bible or the Koran, will not be accepted. Texts about religion will usually be accepted. Texts from historical religious movements that were culturally influential but are now defunct, or are otherwise not significant in modern times, may be accepted; ask first.
“The complete works”-type ebooks, in which an author who wrote in various styles (like poetry, short stories, and novels) has their entire corpus compiled into one ebook. However we are interested in complete collections of single types of writing. For example, Anton Chekhov wrote many plays, short stories, novels, and novellas. We wouldn’t accept “The Complete Works of Anton Chekhov,” but we would accept Anton Chekhov’s Complete Short Fiction, or individual novels or plays he wrote.
Ebooks in translation for which we already have a translation. We aim to host one “best” version of books; for example, we already have a modern translation of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas, so we won’t be accepting a different translation.
Non-English-language books. Translations to English are, of course, OK.
Before you start work, note that our Unlicense, which is included in every ebook we produce, explicitly releases your work to the public domain. If you’re not OK with that, then don’t proceed.
Producing an ebook to our standards can be a long and complex process, and we’re here to help! If you have any questions during the process, get in touch via our open mailing list.
Once you think you’re done, send a note to the mailing list. We’ll review your work, help you patch up any issues, and then get your ebook listed!