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Creative Commons cookbooks for low-income aspiring chefs
July 27, 2014 | 12:25 pm

cc-logoI found a great little write-up at Lifehacker about Leanne Brown---a student in food studies who, as part of her course project, has released two gorgeous cookbooks on cheap, healthy home cooking. The best part? Both books are available for free on her website under a Creative Commons license, so that those who truly need this information can have it, and learn. The first book is called 'From Scratch' and is a vegetarian cookbook for people just beginning to cook at home. The second is called 'Good and Cheap' and is a vegetable-heavy guide to healthy eating on the $4-a-day 'food...

Unglue.it launches campaign for ‘Lagos_2060’ e-book with new ‘Buy-to-Unglue’ model
January 20, 2014 | 6:20 pm

I just received a press release from Eric Hellman of Unglue.it, the crowdfunding-to-release-free site for e-books. The release announces that Unglue.it is trying a slightly different model for its latest book release. Instead of seeking pledges and releasing the book when it reaches that amount, the site is trying a model called “Buy-to-Unglue,” in which e-book purchases are the crowdfunding mechanism. “Every ebook downloaded comes with a future dated Creative Commons license,” the press release states. “Each purchase brings that Creative Commons effective date, the date the ebook becomes free to everyone, closer to the present.” The...

Writer objects to Spare Rib digitization project’s imposition of a Creative Commons license
December 21, 2013 | 6:00 am

cc.largeWe’re familiar with Creative Commons as a tool for granting creators more freedom to choose what permissions they want to grant readers of their work. But even a tool for freedom can become constrictive if its use is required, and that seems to be the case with the project to digitize content of Spare Rib, “the landmark UK feminist magazine of the seventies and eighties.” Spare Rib contributor Gillian Spragg writes that the terms of the British Library’s digitization project leave a decidedly bad taste in her mouth. The BL is asking all contributors to agree...

The DPLA and the risks of gentrifying America’s public libraries
August 29, 2013 | 9:26 pm

DPLAJim Duncan, now executive director of the Colorado Librarian Consortium, offered some needed candor about the Digital Public Library of America for NPR reporter Laura Sydell’s August 19 segment on the DPLA. The reaction from certain NPR commenters online? Nasty bashing of Duncan and other public librarians. One listener, for example, accused public librarians of "hopping on board the ‘library patrons only read trash and would rather make this a rec center’ train.” Now back to reality. Duncan himself used to be an academic librarian, and he hopes that the DPLA will succeed hugely and offer a wealth of cultural and historical riches, in line with his...

Sad fate of ‘Five Laws’ book shows need for DPLA-related efforts to keep old masterpieces alive
April 8, 2013 | 11:00 am

Five LawsOh, the irony! In The Five Laws of Library Science, S. R. Ranganathan argued in the 1930s for libraries as improvers of life for rich and poor alike. Now Google Books has digitized 30 million titles, but you won’t find Laws on the Web in its entirety from Google at any price. You’ll see a teaser instead, just snippets and descriptions of commercially sold paper editions. If you go to Laws’ listing on Amazon, you’ll notice that the price of a new hardback edition now starts at $45.95 from a third-party seller, plus the $3.99 shipping. Just one new hardback copy is in stock from Amazon itself, for $54.99 with free Prime shipping. Amazon itself...

Unglue.it teams up with academic publisher De Gruyter
April 5, 2013 | 4:47 pm

Unglue.itIt's been a little while since we've had any interesting news to share about Unglue.it, the online service provider that uses a crowdfunding method to obtain the copyrights of certain e-books, which are then made freely available to anyone—or any institution, for that matter, including libraries—interested in downloading a copy. (Unglue.it users participate by donating a financial amount of their choosing to a particular title being offered by the Unglue.it platform; if the minimum funding amount is achieved, the publisher releases the book under Creative Commons license CC-BY-NC-ND.) [caption id="attachment_82693" align="alignright" width="194"] Gluejar CEO Eric Hellman[/caption] * * * Here at TeleRead, we've long...

A legitimate archive of free textbooks
March 9, 2013 | 4:19 pm

free textbooks I received an email earlier this week from Dr. Frank Lowney, an occasional TeleRead contributor, and the author of The Coming ePublishing Revolution in Higher Education. Dr. Lowney, who is professionally affiliated with Georgia College & State University, most definitely knows his stuff when it comes to college textbooks, and higher education in general. That's important to point out, because in his email, Dr. Lowney brought to my attention a fantastic online archive of entirely free, Creative Commons licensed textbooks. (That is to say, a completely legit archive.) And while I am familiar with the company that originally created the archive--they're known...

The latest Unglue.it campaign looks truly promising
March 3, 2013 | 12:27 pm

Unglue.it The Unglue.it gang is at it again, doing what they can to get the word out about the latest titles they're attempting to "unglue." One of the books, Sara Roncaglia's Feeding the City, looks fantastic. Originally written in Italian and published by Open Book Publishers, it's an ethnographic look at "the dabbawalas of Mumbai, [who] deliver hundreds of thousands of home-cooked lunches to the city’s workers [each day], with a logistics chain so efficient it’s been the subject of a Harvard Business School case study." Subtitled "Work and Food Culture of the Mumbai Dabbawalas," Feeding the City "traces the ethnography of this massive culinary cooperative:...

Morning Links — Will Bookish Succeed?
February 7, 2013 | 8:30 am

eReaders Not Selling Well in German Bookstores (The Digital Reader) Why Using Creative Commons Licensed Material is Not as Easy as it Looks (Techdirt) Bookish: Will it Succeed? (Digital Book World) Libraries Lobby Publishers to Change eBook Policies (Penn Live) Kindle Daily Deals: Justice Denied by J.A. Jance (and 3 others)...

Help the Gates Foundation decide how to spend money on libraries
December 2, 2012 | 11:05 am

In an even more wired future, what will be the needs of public libraries in the U.S. and elsewhere? Just what is the role of libraries if “a person can access much of the information in the world from a device”? How to bring about the right kind of “lasting changes”? The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Global Libraries Initiative is asking some well-crafted questions of this kind in a survey I’d urge you to fill out. No small conundrum for present and future libraries is, how to pay for content? The Internet teems with free facts, raw information, as well as public domain and Creative...

Unglue.it relaunches with five campaigns
October 15, 2012 | 6:59 pm

I got an email this morning indicating that Creative Commons book crowdsourcing site Unglue.it is relaunching with a new payment processor and several new ungluing campaigns. Unglue.it first launched a few months ago with the goal of collecting donations to put toward “ungluing” copyrighted books—that is, buying the right to release them as e-books with permissive CC licenses. The site had one immediate success, which it recently made good on releasing. However, most of its other campaigns barely got off the ground, and more recently Amazon ceased processing its payments due to concerns over the way Unglue.it’s campaigns were structured. Per the email, Unglue.it’s...

ALA’s gripes to publishers dance around the e-library world’s Problem #1—not enough money for e-books
September 25, 2012 | 6:48 am

imageI’m still borrowing e-books from public libraries. I loved the digital edition of the late Louis Auchincloss’s memoirs that popped up when I was browsing the electronic stacks of a library system near me here in Northern Virginia. Public libraries at their best can be Serendipity Central. But I rely much less these days on library books than before. Too often, some major e-books are AWOL from library collections or, as documented earlier this year by the Washington Post, have long waiting lists. So I turn to Amazon, the public domain or Creative Commons titles instead. Have I lost my enthusiasm for a well-stocked national digital library system, or, to...