The Eternal Bard
Founded in 2019
The Main Site
The Literary Archive
The Video Portal
Our eBooks may be freely used in the United States because most are not protected by U.S. copyright law, usually because their copyrights have expired. They may not be free of copyright in other countries. Readers outside of the United States must check the copyright terms of their countries before downloading or redistributing our eBooks.
DMCA Copyright Infringement Notification Procedures
To file a copyright infringement notification with eternalbard.com, or eternal-bard.com, or theeternalbard.com, please send a written communication that includes the following items:
A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site.
Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to locate the material. Providing URLs in the body of an email is the best way to help us locate content quickly.
Information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to contact the complaining party, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address at which the complaining party may be contacted.
A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
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Please note that the material posted at this site is done so according to the fair use doctrine of copyright law for education purposes. Moreover, most are not protected by U.S. copyright law, usually because their copyrights have expired. We comply with all legitimate requests to remove material. Requests for removal should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We aim to provide public domain works of literature to the public in an appealing and accessible way. This effort originally arose from the realization that machine learning and text to speech technology had finally arrived at a level where private individuals could mass produce tolerably good audio books. We will continue to produce and release these audio books so long as time and resources allow.
To the extent that is reasonable we will also provide free audio downloads of our audiobooks. The availability of this feature is dependent on donations and funding to pay for the bandwidth. We are currently investigating using the LBRY network as well as requestor-pays buckets on the google cloud to provide bulk access to the audiobooks where bandwidth charges are the only cost to the user. To view the audiobooks in a streaming mode our video portal is the best option.
Our video portal organizes these streaming options alphabetically by author and by work. We are setting out with the goal of having no in-video advertising for our audio books. In the video portal the only advertising will be affiliate links to the collected works of the author. They will be presented at the bottom of the page and will only be visible before the video is selected or if the user scrolls down to view them. We feel that this is unobtrusive and possibly helpful to the user. We will make every effort to find the best value releases for the physical editions shown there, please be patient however as prices change over time.
We also aim to provide online ebooks in our literary archive. Our literary archive is meant to showcase the works in a standardized and appealing format. The literary archive website itself, 'wwww.eternal-bard.com', is designed with the intent of being clean and visually appealing, accessible even on low end browsers, and only including adverstisement in the form of product recommendations in the section labelled 'shop', a centralized location whose purpose should be self evident.
We will never include advertisements on the main page, 'www.eternalbard.com', the literary archive pages, 'www.eternal-bard.com', or the ebooks themselves. We will include a section for special thanks to our sponsrs on the main page and the front page of the literary archive. The text based ebooks themselves will always be completely free of advertising.
We hope you enjoy what we are doing. Please consider donating or, if you were considering picking up hard copies of the books, using the affiliate links to help us in a small way. Don't forget to add a link or spread the word about this site if you think other people will find it interesting!
The design of this site is spread over three pages each with a specific design goal and each with a specific set of inspirations.
The goal of the main web page was as follows. To state who we are and what our mission is in a brief and visually appealing way. To inform people about the literary archive, our video portal, and our audiobook downloads when they become available. To direct traffic to our presences on the various video viewing platforms. To direct traffic to our social media presence. To host our main call to action for donation. To link other sites that we believe are aligned well with what we are doing. And to thank our major donors.
The goal of the video portal is to provide a small footprint way to effectively browse our video collection. Even with the use of playlists, it is difficult to navigate and browse through all of our videos on our YouTube page. Using the page specific search bar is ok if you know the title of the video you are looking for, however we feel that our video portal will give an overall cleaner experience. BitChute is even worse as there are a limited number of playlists that you can create on that site. We also want to have a portal that is not exposed to the whims of YouTube. The introduction of Article 13 in the EU may cause YouTube videos to be limited in certain ways that we cannot anticipate. Since YouTube will have larger burdens imposed on it for each minute of upload they may try to priotitize more commercially viable content, or restrict content that they feel is of a lower value. We have already seen narrators, real human narrators, restricted and demonetized on YouTube for so called, 'reused content'. The definition of this term has seemingly been redefined (YouTube is chronically terse and obtuse leaving ambiguity regarding definitions) to include the upload of narration of public domain works. We are squarely within that space and we feel that having our own video portal allows us to circumvent this in the future if necessary.
The goal of the literary archive is to provide a centralized place to read the text for all of the audiobooks we narrate. We feel that doing so complements the audiobook narrations and provides a complete experience for the works in question. We were inspired by 'hplovecraft.com' and 'storypilot.com' regarding the site layout. The notion of tabular justified text that looks like it is on a page is demonstrated well by both of these sites. The notion of representing authors by their pictures on the front page of the archive is adapted from the timeline posts on 'storypilot.com'. The idea of decorations on the top and bottom of the page was inspired by 'hplovecraft.com'. The wood wallpaper was made by Omar Alvarado and made freely available at www.toptal.com. We shrunk and adjusted this pattern to lower the image footprint.