There are more than a few steps for to getting the Distant Reader to work for you:
There is a lot of information there, and believe me, the process is faster the second time around.
Ask yourself, "What do I want to know?" The answer to this question can range from the simple to the sublime, for example:
The input can be any one of the following three things: a URL, a file of URLs, or just about any set of files on your computer.
If you haven't already done so, create an account.
The Distant Reader process creates its "study carrels" for you, and consequently the Reader needs to know for whom it is doing its processing. Your employer may already be affiliated with the Reader's authentication process, and if so, you will not need to create an account. Otherwise, you will need to tell us a bit about yourself. The process is harmless. We promise.
Authenticate yourself; let the Distant Reader know for whom it is doing its good work.
Share your input with the Distant Reader so it can do its good work.
Be patient. The Distant Reader is designed to handle hundreds of URLs pointing to 100's of megabytes of files. Depending on the size of your input, processing can take anywhere between two minutes and a few hours, with a "usual" wait time of ten to fifteen minutes.
The results of the Distant Reader process is a "study carrel" -- a .zip file containing your original content, various transformations of it, and various sets of analysis.
Use the contents of the "study carrel" to supplement your usual reading process.
Eric Lease Morgan <email@example.com>
May 13, 2019