I’ve just published a Kindle version of the infamous Malleus Maleficarum, which I’ve been involved with for over 10 years with the Malleus Maleficarum Online project. It needed to be done. Honestly, I’d grown tired of watching people rip off the PDF files that we put up there so many years ago. A lot of people had no problem with repackaging my work and selling it for a profit. Of course, I don’t know if anyone has made any money with it, but it’s always irked me just the same that they are trying.
The Kindle version could probably be considered a dry run for some of my other works, but I think the Malleus stands on its own. It was a great project from which to learn the in’s and out’s of formatting documents for the Kindle, and that’ll come in handy later on when I’m self publishing some of my own works. But right now, the focus is on the Malleus Maleficarum. Thus far the publication of the Kindle version has met with little fanfare. But at least there’s been no open hostility (which I had actually feared).
All I’m really hoping to do is to sell these Kindle versions of the Malleus to help pay for the server. But if there’s a little extra money to be had, I won’t complain. I’ve maintained the Malleus Maleficarum Online project for over ten years without a penny of compensation. It would be nice to get a little financial help for the effort, even if it’s just a few extra dollars a month to help with the server upkeep.
I’ve learned a lot from putting together this Kindle edition of the Malleus Maleficarum. And I’m justifiably proud of the work I’ve done on behalf of the book over the last decade. If nothing else, we’ve raised the profile of a work that many Christians worked hard to distance themselves from. I’ve always said “some things should not be forgotten”, and I’ve never felt that sentiment more strongly than in regard to the Malleus Maleficarum. This is just another way to keep the work in the public eye. After all, people do forget.