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Ula Zarosa

OpenBooks.com Team
Posted on February 24, 2016 at 2:30pm Post #1
Dear Authors,
Who would like to recommend Shakespeare in our CLASSICS section?
We have four books coming up to choose from:
- Othello
- Romeo and Juliet
- Macbeth
- Hamlet
The recommendation should be 2-3 sentences, you can see how it looks here: https://openbooks.com/books/t/classics

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Ula Zarosa

OpenBooks.com Team
Posted on February 26, 2016 at 7:04pm Post #967
Sometimes I think that Shakespeare is a bit funny, in a Monthy Python sort of way: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikssfUhAlgg Said that, when I saw Macbeth - the film with Fassbender and Cotrilard I thought that it's one of the most powerful plays I've ever seen. And it was the best movie I saw in 2015. It really showed greatness of these looney characters in majestic surroundings. I think Shakespeare needs to be played on stage to make it possible to appreciate him. Otherwise we can easily ridicule the story (how about Romeo and Juliet - now that's stupid ;)).

Posted on May 13, 2016 at 7:23pm Post #1027
Why do you have a charge of any kind for public domain content like Shakespeare? If your reasoning is that it "took effort" to put in on openbooks.com, then wouldn't that mean I or anyone else can take the effort and put other works on openbooks.com?

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Ula Zarosa

OpenBooks.com Team
Posted on May 13, 2016 at 7:53pm Post #1028
Hi There,
If you'll go to the site: https://openbooks.com/books/t/classics you can see in the middle of the page a massage:
"All eBooks in Classics section are created by OpenBooks.com team members and independent artists that collaborate with us.
By paying what you want you make it possible to bring pearls of literature back to life and reward talented illustrators. "
That means we do two things for each of the classic eBooks we sell:
- we spend some hours to prepare perfect layout for them;
- we pay for totally new covers created by independent ilustrators;
What we want to achieve is creating new, fresh designs and layouts to books we all love and support some amazing people along the way. Like Weronika Kolinska - who prepared really great covers for us. The last covers for Shakespeare were also created by a great artist - Tesz: http://www.tesz.pl/en - check him out, he's amazing.
That's it. So if people will pay for this books we'll use the money to create more classic eBooks with great new covers and layouts.
REMEMBER at OpenBooks.com download is open, so anyone can download our classic eBooks without paying. We just enourage people to support the project because we really believe in talented illustrators.

Posted on May 13, 2016 at 7:57pm Post #1029
So you would have no issue with me doing value added to classic works as well, and publish them on here?

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Ula Zarosa

OpenBooks.com Team
Posted on May 14, 2016 at 9:02am Post #1030
We would have no issue if you:
- prepare same quality layout (headlines, fonts, etc.);
- hire professional illustrators that are independent and support our project (understand freedom of sharing and PWYW model);
- use earned money to create more classic eBooks with professional art work;
That's it :)
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