Why? Long ago, I became an independent scholar with my own websites, http://www.umilta.net<= /a> and http://www.florin.ms, the second for the Proceedings= our our international congresses, The City and the Book, on Florence and= its library holdings. It costs almost nothing to have these websites,= without commercial pop-ups even, for which service I pay the largest= amount. I can put up the entire Latin text of St Birgitta's Revelationes,= materials on Julian of Norwich, Terence's Comedies, just this past week, a= whole book of essays, 'Sweet New Style: Brunetto Latino, Dante Alighieri= and Geoffrey Chaucer', that I wrote ten years ago and had not got around to= getting published when in the convent, so much else. I have created a house= style that is readable, using point 14 and the layout of medieval= manuscripts which were a memory system, alternating reds and blues for= capitals, the ordinary type being in grey against a white background. I use= no java or frames, wanting fellow monastics on low budgets with old= programmes to have equal access. I also give such monastics CDs of the= websites (a CD costs only .50 cents). Cost is not a problem with electronic= publishing. What I suspect in the academic world is that middlemen in the= university structures are getting their take for the budgetting, etc.

At 16:42 10.06.03 -0400, you wrote:
On 6/10/03 1:26 PM, "Stevan= Harnad" <harnad@ecs.soton.ac.uk> wrote:

> So copyright is certainly not the problem.

That may be true for certain disciplines, but I can attest that in the
humanities, where we cite original literature, we find it expensive and
sometimes impossible to make our research internet accessible.

Margaret

'But love was without beginning and is and ever shall be without any end.'= Julian of Norwich, Showing of Love 20.

'Do not cause terror, for God condemns this. Someone says " I= live", and the bread is taken from his mouth. Another says, "This= is power", and again, "I will snatch for myself what I see".= But he who says this is condemned. The one who wins is, instead, he who= gives to the other what he needs. Nothing of all that we plan succeeds,= because it is God who reigns. Live therefore in the house of kindness and= people will come freely to you with gifts. Written by Ptah-Hotep in Egypt,= 3550 B.C.

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