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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...

Unglue.it to Relaunch on October 15
October 4, 2012 | 3:53 pm

Just yesterday we ran a profile of Unglue.it founder Eric Hellman; it was written by one of our colleagues, Book Business magazine editor-in-chief Brian Howard. It turns out, though, that we probably should have waited at least one more day before running the story, because Unglue.it released a bit of important news earlier today, at around 2:30 p.m. EST: The company will be relaunching on Monday, October 15, at 12:00 p.m. (noon) Eastern time. According to an email sent today from the Unglue.it team, "It’s been a blessing in disguise that Amazon Payments forced us to halt our campaigns in August. When we...

Eric Hellman of Unglue.it on e-books, the creative commons, passionate authors and life after Amazon
October 3, 2012 | 4:49 pm

Eric HellmanBy Brian Howard A few weeks ago, crowdfunding platform Unglue.it announced the release of its first e-book, Oral Literature in Africa, via Cambridge's Open Book Publishers. While the scholarly tome by Ruth H. Finnegan likely didn’t set the publishing world ablaze upon its initial publication in 1970, and its e-book release in 2012 didn’t unseat any bestsellers, its return to "print” after more than a decade is cause for celebration. More good books in the public domain is always a good thing. This is the raison d’etre of Unglue.it, a small company that seeks to reward rights holders who make their works available as e-books...

Unglue.it launches with five book-freeing campaigns
May 17, 2012 | 12:00 pm

I found a press release in my mailbox this morning about the launch of Eric Hellman’s crowd-funded Creative Commons republishing initiative for copyrighted works, Unglue.it (which we’ve mentioned a few times already here). The site has officially launched just now, with campaigns for the following five books: Michael Laser, 6-321 Joseph Nassise, Riverwatch Nancy Rawles, Love Like Gumbo Budding Reader, Cat and Rat Open Book Publishers, Oral Literature in Africa, by Ruth Finnegan. The...

“Beyond the Book” Podcast Features Interview with GlueJar’s Eric Hellman
May 14, 2012 | 8:54 am

Infodocket GlueJar Founder and CEO Eric Hellman and is interviewed by Chris Kenneally in the latest ‘Beyond the Book’ podcast from the Copyright Clearance Center. From the Blurb Posted on the Beyond the Book web page: We want to offer rightsholders the opportunity to get a one-time payment in exchange for making their books into Creative Commons-licensed e-books. And the way we’re going to do this is by crowd-funding campaigns,’ Hellman explains for CCC’s Chris Kenneally. ‘So if you have a favorite book, a book that’s important to you, a book that means a lot to you, that you’ve read, and you want...

Creative Commons – NC (Non-Commercial), by Eric Hellman
October 21, 2011 | 9:20 am

worms by Wahj (CC BY-NC-ND)Real worms don't come in cans. The last time I saw worms offered for sale, they came in paper buckets, the kind that usually hold Chinese take-out. You open these up, and the worms don't jump out at you. Maybe if you left the bucket open for a day or two, the worms would eventually find their way out, but any resulting problem is manageable. So when we say that doing something "opens up a can of worms", the main thing to think about is not about the calamities that will emerge from the bucket, it's whether...

Creative Commons – BY (Attribution), by Eric Hellman
October 20, 2011 | 10:21 am

Have you ever wondered whether Anonymous can use an Creative Commonsattribution license? The Answer is YES, Attribution licenses ARE useful, even for Anonymous.In the process of developing the Unglue.it service, we've had to study licenses and decide which ones are best for ungluing ebooks. Since supporters will be putting up real money to relicense the books (making them free to the world), the details of the license need to be spelled out clearly, upfront. It's a big topic with lots of considerations, so I'm going to write about our choices in three pieces. We'll be using the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs...

Crowd-finding the orphan books, by Eric Hellman
September 19, 2011 | 9:58 am

A solution to the orphan books problem won't be delivered by a settlement of the Google Books lawsuit anytime soon, we learned on Thursday. "Orphan" works are ones subject to copyright restrictions, but for which rights holders can't be found or determined.  A proposal to open them up via settlement of a class action was rejected by Judge Denny Chin in March of this year. There was still hope, however, that a settlement between the parties would find a way to implement a "Book Rights Registry" that, while falling short of eliminating the...

To Honor Project Gutenberg’s Founder, Dedicate Something to the Public Domain, by Eric Hellman
September 7, 2011 | 11:44 pm

Michael Hart The following is an obituary Of Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg, who died yesterday. Its author has dedicated it to the public domain, which allows me to reprint it here: Editor's Note: obituary is omitted as it is reprinted in full in the post below The best way to honor Hart's life, I think, is to dedicate one or more works to the public domain. I have just dedicated my Ph. D. Dissertation to the public domain: Hot Electron Resistance and Magnetoresistance in High Purity Gallium Arsenide. And this blog post, too, is hereby dedicated to...

Ungluing ebooks progress report: we have a name! by Eric Hellman
August 30, 2011 | 8:40 am

Unglue.It will be the name of Gluejar's ungluing ebooks website. Based on feedback from blog readers and many others, we ditched the horrible-in-retrospect "BookPatrons.org", and focused on names that used the "ungluing ebooks" metaphor, which has no baggage and seems to work pretty well.  We then polled subscribers to the gluejar mailing list, and twitter followers, who overwhelmingly preferred "unglue.it" over the two other finalists. Thanks to everyone who contributed! For readers new to this blog, "ungluing ebooks" is what I'm calling the process of raising money to make creative-commons licensed ebook editions of the books...

What’s a book worth? by Eric Hellman
August 15, 2011 | 9:16 am

Imagine you're an author of a book that was published a few years ago, but you've retained ebook rights. Someone wants to be able to give away digital copies of the book for free to an unlimited number of readers. What sort of fee should you demand? After all, if everyone can get your book for free, they probably won't be buying the ebook anymore, and though some people might still want to buy a print copy, chances are there won't be a lot of them. This is the central question that I've been...

Epub 3 beefs up metadata but omits semantic enrichment, by Eric Hellman
June 23, 2011 | 9:39 am

Glasshalf Ironic amusement fills me when I hear book industry people say things like "metadata has become cool", or "context is everything". Welcome to the 20th century and all that. Meanwhile, in the library industry, metadata has been cool long enough to coat everything with a thick rind of freezer burn.There's good news and notsogood news for ebook metadata. The revision to the EPUB standard, published just a month ago, includes metadata tools that could eventually lead to a new era of metadata cooperation between publishers and the entire book supply chain, including libraries. At the same time, the revision fails to...