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What is OpenLit?

All writers are readers, and many readers are writers. By enabling community sharing and responding, Oort-Cloud catalyzes interactivity and engagement between writers and readers. This is how readers become better readers, and how writers become better writers.

...authors create and distribute their work, and readers, individually and collectively, including fans as well as editors and peers, review, comment, rank, and tag, everything.
-- from Social Publishing

    Write - Share - Read - Respond

    First, writers write.
    Second, writers share with others what they have written.
    Third, readers read what is available.
    Fourth, readers respond to what they have read.

In a nutshell, though, the "Open" in OpenLit refers to the idea that the most essential quality of the written word is that it be shared. Oh, and the "Lit" part refers to the word itself, of course. ;-)

Discussion: Ideas on OpenLit v0.3

A WIKI page has been created for this topic, please go there. The WIKI page has public edit active. Otherwise, please read on and post comments below, thanks!

Oort-CloudWIKI, OpenLit WIKI

Hey everyone, Im thinking of putting a WIKI page together for oort-cloud and/or openlit. If anyone has any thoughts on this, Id like to hear them.....


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OpenLit Milestone and an First

Greetings, Terrestrials and Extras, we have an OpenLit milestone and an Oort-Cloud (and possibly a science-fiction/fantasy/publishing) first.

In OpenLit we address two kinds of openness: open distribution and open content.

On Thu, 02/22/2007 @ 03:32 hafoc posted his Lance Steele story Cold Boot which opens with this remark:

Introducing Lance Steele! For reasons which shall become obvious, I'm thinking of donating him to this community. I bet people could have a HOOT playing around with him.

Tomas' Transition

Following, please find a little piece of fiction I concocted.


Tomas woke up with a smile.
“Ah,” he said with some not small degree of delight as he felt the warm sun on his face, shining in through the plexiglass window. “It certainly is wonderful to be alive!” he said. Tomas closed his eyes and stretched in his bed. He contemplated as he wiggled his toes the day before him: it was Tuesday the 26th of June, and he had probably 37.59 minutes before he had to even leave the house.

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Cory Doctorow Is Giving It Away

Cory Doctorow Is Giving It Away:

"I've been giving away my books ever since my first novel came out, and boy has it ever made me a bunch of money."

-- Cory Doctorow

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What is OpenLit?

Everything you ever wanted to know about OpenLit (but were afraid to ask), is now online for your reading delight.

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Social Publishing grew from this article that I wrote for the Corante Many-to-Many blog:

Social Publishing

I am always looking for connections and lately I have begun to see what I think is a promising trend in the publishing world that may just transform the industry for good.