Executive Summary: Web-book authors including new authors are invited to contact me (using the addresses below) with a description of their proposed online book project, including a time line. I will respond with a complimentary full access to The Parable of the Messiah Scrolls in order to allow them to experience all the features of this web-book delivery, and annotation system.
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If you have a sprawling manuscript, perhaps one with layers and nuances and special quirks, and you want to share it with readers or associates NOW, while maintaining secure control of the content…
Authors, agents and publishers are invited to contact Don Chatelain for information on presenting their own content using the web-book delivery system demonstrated here in The Parable of the Messiah Scrolls.
- Present complex content in easy-to-navigate chunks, viewable in any browser, from any mobile device
- Easily add pop-up definitions and allow readers to annotate the text (with an approval process)
- Optionally require registration or purchase to read; if registration is implemented, each reader’s last reading position is saved
- Use an open source Content Management System to maintain your work going forward
Contract pricing assumes you deliver a finished manuscript, and the Scrolls team uploads it and tunes the reading interface to show your work to its full advantage. Additional web site assistance can be provided upon request.
Thoughts about Collegial Interaction & Annotation
As I began working upon The Parable of the Messiah Scrolls, almost two decades ago, I quickly realized that I would be drawing upon a strong legacy of scholarly work done on the origins of our first Christian community. My notes (scholarly and otherwise) were full of references to printed documents and internet links.
At the same time, as I studied the basic documents of Holy Scripture, I realized that the scripture writers had themselves made notes and marginal comments for the future use of themselves and their brother and sister disciples. As John Walton reminds us, “discussion of the divine” was the most important and pervasive social and cultural activity of these original authors.
As I yearned to know how the original scripture authors dialogued and kept notes, I equally yearned to credit scholars and sources for my own work as the dialogue format of this web-book began to take shape.
Therefore, when I designed the delivery system for this novel, I added the marginal notations so well documented from medieval times (in my case as pop-up definitions) so that I could credit the research shoulders of others upon whom I stood. In addition I designed a system to allow readers and colleagues, both in agreement and dissent, to add their own annotations, which are presented directly adjacent to the textual dialogues.
Potential web-book authors are invited to contact me (using the addresses below) with an expression of interest and a description of their proposed project, including a time line. I would be happy to respond with complimentary full access to The Parable of the Messiah Scrolls in order to allow them to experience all the features of this web-book delivery, annotation, and discussion system. I am looking forward to hearing from you.
Messiah Scrolls Project
PO Box 92156
Portland OR 97292