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January 20, 2014 | 6:20 pm

I just received a press release from Eric Hellman of, the crowdfunding-to-release-free site for e-books. The release announces that 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... 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, 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. ( users participate by donating a financial amount of their choosing to a particular title being offered by the 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...

The latest campaign looks truly promising
March 3, 2013 | 12:27 pm The 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 — Meet the Pyrus Mini
March 2, 2013 | 9:46 am

morning links Pyrus MiniPyrus Mini eBook reader Review (The E-Book Reader) Publisher Pulls Jonah Lehrer's "How We Decide" From Stores (The Daily Beast) and Open Book Publishers Announce New Crowdfunding Campaign (Info Docket) As tablets boom, e-readers feel the blast (CNN) PressBooks Goes Open Source To Let Authors Create Book Sites In Seconds (TechCrunch) Kindle Daily Deals: Deck Z: The Titanic by Chris Pauls ... Releases Two More Free E-Books (Updated)
January 22, 2013 | 12:26 pm

We've written about the project a few times in the past, but here's a brief explanation for anyone who may not be familiar with the site: It's essentially a crowdsource-funded campaign that attempts to purchase the copyrights to various books, which it then releases free-of-charge—and DRM-free—to literally anyone on earth who wants a copy. (You can read the project's FAQ section by clicking here.) It's been a little while since the site "unglued" its first title, Ruth H. Finnegan's Oral Literature in Africa, but word came my way this morning that the team had finally succeeded in releasing two new books:... relaunches with five campaigns
October 15, 2012 | 6:59 pm

I got an email this morning indicating that Creative Commons book crowdsourcing site is relaunching with a new payment processor and several new ungluing campaigns. 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’s campaigns were structured. Per the email,’s... to Relaunch on October 15
October 4, 2012 | 3:53 pm

Just yesterday we ran a profile of 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 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 team, "It’s been a blessing in disguise that Amazon Payments forced us to halt our campaigns in August. When we...

Eric Hellman of 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 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, a small company that seeks to reward rights holders who make their works available as e-books...

Can succeed? Lackluster response to most campaigns casts doubt
July 1, 2012 | 3:44 pm

Seen on BoingBoing the other day: an update on crowdfunding site, which has launched five campaigns to crowdfund the free Creative Commons release of specific books. The site has successfully released one book, receiving $7,578 from 259 supporters to “unglue” Oral Literature in Africa by Ruth Finnegan for a CC-BY release—meaning that people can make whatever use they want to of the work as long as they include attribution of who it was originally by. The BoingBoing post linked to the blog of Joseph Nassise, author of the book Riverwatch that was the subject of one of’s campaigns. On... “unglues” its first book
June 21, 2012 | 8:29 am

Logo From the press release: Two hundred and fifty-nine supporters pledged a total of $7,578 to a campaign to "unglue" Ruth Finnegan's 1970 classic, “Oral Literature in Africa”. The campaign, which lasted 33 days, topped the campaign's target at 12:30AM EDT on June 20 with a little under two days to spare. As a result the book will be issued as an ebook with a Creative Commons...

Can succeed? Quirky initial selections raise questions
May 18, 2012 | 11:14 am

518DkVZIfCL BO2 204 203 200 PIsitb sticker arrow click TopRight 35 76 AA278 PIkin4 BottomRight 59 22 AA300 SH20 OU01 I think is a great idea, but after seeing their first selections I must admit that I'm a bit skeptical about their success.  The thing that will make work is selecting books that readers want to read and that are unavailable in any form.  Let's take a look at their initial selections: Riverwatch, by Joseph Nassis: this book is available from Amazon in hardback for $19.95 and in Kindle format for $3.99.  Why on earth would I pledge money to get an unglued copy when I can buy it for only $4? 6-321, by Michael Laser: again, this is available... goes live
May 17, 2012 | 12:00 pm

Logo Here is the press release: May 17, 2012 — ( is launching on May 17, 2012, at noon EDT, with campaigns for books from five initial authors and publishers: Michael Laser, 6-321 Joseph... 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, (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...

The Crowdfunding of eBooks: Formally Launches This Thursday
May 16, 2012 | 10:21 am

Infodocket A couple of days ago we posted a link to a new interview with the Founder and CEO of GlueJar (provider of, Eric Hellman. Now, a blog post from lets all of us know that the site/database will formally launch in two days (Thursday, May 17, 2012) at Noon EDT but you can take a look around right now. For those unfamiliar with GlueJar/ here’s the bottom line direct from Eric Hellman’s Blog Post: If you’ve not been paying attention, is an effort to crowd-fund creative commons ebooks. If you can find a way to cover the fixed costs, you...

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 "", 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 "" 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...

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