What is The Codex Collectors?
I'm creating new experiences around exploring stories online. Stories are broken into snippets, and collections of these snippets are curated as galleries. Think of this as your digital story museum. Why a museum? Because great stories deserve to be presented as the treasures that they are.
What are snippets and galleries?
Snippets are fragments of the story, or in cases of short stories, a snippet can be the entire story. A novel, for example, is broken into snippets, sometimes by chapter, but not necessarily so.
Related snippets are grouped together in galleries, and each gallery has a curator, who actively seeks out artwork related to the story. The curator can also remove artwork deemed inappropriate per The Codex Collectors guidelines.
What does joining a patronage mean?
Visitors with accounts can be patrons to galleries that they are interested in. This alpha version simply tracks patronage at this point. Future versions will allow patrons to receive notifications about the gallery.
This is called "The Codex Collectors". What exactly am I collecting?
As you explore the story snippets, you will stumble upon works of art depicting scenes, characters, objects, places, or trivia about the story you are exploring. You can choose to save these and make them part of your collection. When you revisit the gallery, this artifact collection becomes a visual reminder of your favorite stories.
Why do I need an account?
You don't. You can explore free stories without one, but you cannot be a patron, or create and maintain collections.
Can I add my own illustrations to galleries?
Yes! While exploring a story, you can go to the "Contribute" page to upload your own artwork. Please make sure that you have permission to share any artwork that you are uploading. We reserve the right to remove artwork that violage copyright laws.
At this point, however, this feature has limited support. You cannot contribute via mobile devices (phones, tablets), but we are working hard to change this. This feature is also not supported by Safari browsers.
Tell me more about copyright.
The stories and artwork currently featured are either out of copyright, i.e. their copyrights have run out and are now available in the public domain, or used with permission from the copyright owners, either directly or through their declared Creative Commons license. When you upload your own work, you will be asked about the piece's copyright. This is a mandatory step.
The site is young. There are plenty of new features to build, and great stories to explore. As such, I welcome any feedback to help me provide you with a great digital reading experience. Just send me a note via the Contact link.
codex /kodeks/: a quire of manuscript pages held together by stitching: the earliest form of book, replacing the scrolls and wax tablets of earlier times. Dictionary.com
The name is a tribute to the first book form.