The Project

Ismael is an innovative editorial project: giving the public free access to rare and previously-unpublished texts, with new editions or/and new translations, in digital format.
Some of our publications are also in print, these being usually distributed and sold by us. In line with our engagement – to be a non-profit editorial adventure – the gains made upon the sales are shared between author(s)’ rights and their reinvestment into new impressions.

Our Engagement

The texts published by Ismael are edited and/or translated by benevolent collaborators. It is very important to us that the books we provide should match the standards of the best publishers on the market. Therefore, the selection of the texts and the editorial work are done with utmost care. We strive to satisfy the most scrupulous reader, and to bring to light long-lasting, reliable editions.


All the books on our catalogue fulfill at least one of the following requirements :

  • The reprint, in the frame of our collection “Reprint”, of a usually short text which circulation has been limited (ex.: was published in a small and rare periodical), solely to make it widely accessible.
  • To be a new translation or a first translation.
  • To be the first edition of a previously-unpublished text.
  • To be a new edition (with annotations, introduction, bibliography, and more or less extensive research work). In this case we favor :
  1. Books unavailable on the market.
  2. Books unavailable on the market and in libraries’ free-access digital collections.
  3. Rare books or texts, not widely known, and/or hard to find in libraries.


We regularly add to this page texts  selected from the digital collections of the world’s libraries: whole books, chapters, short stories and novellas, poems, articles from magazines or newspapers, etc., all in Pdf format.


Ismael gladly receives all propositions, manuscripts, questions, complaints, and more, at this address: