In our attempt at creating an economically viable model for the distribution of electronic texts, the History E-Book project hopes to accomplish the following important tasks:


Over the next few years, phenomenal changes in technology will take place; and new infrastructure and standards, as well as new software tools and service vendors will emerge and develop. Systems of production and distribution of electronic texts will evolve, and a combination of commercial and nonprofit organizations will serve the community. By necessity in this rapidly changing environment, the project described here does not explicitly commit forever to specific technologies, nor will it permanently restrict participants to those indicated. Rather, our project hopes that by focusing initially on a manageable number of participants, we can jump-start the process and influence this development. Throughout the development process, we will remain flexible, ready to adapt and accept the most promising new technologies and to work with different groups as new expertise and special opportunities emerge.

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