In UContent’s chapter on Project Gutenberg (aka PG) I focused on the procedure the user must follow to contribute content to Gutenberg’s large depository of works in the public domain. The contributed content, however, is rarely the original work of the contributor.
Barbara Quint recently reported PG has expanded its role, and launched its portal for
user-generated content (self-published works). PG’s “Self-Publishing Portal” went public on July 4, 2012.
Self-published authors are able to upload their works as PDFs (or MP3s for spoken word), and share them. Moreover, authors retain all rights (e.g., they may withdraw their works if, for instance, a commercial publisher takes an interest) and, of course, true to PG’s generous mission, the authors can use the Portal for free. As of today the Portal has 693 works.