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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...

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...

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 — 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) Unglue.it 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 ...

Unglue.it Releases Two More Free E-Books (Updated)
January 22, 2013 | 12:26 pm

We've written about the Unglue.it 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:...

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...

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...

Can Unglue.it 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 Unglue.it, 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 Unglue.it’s campaigns. On...

Unglue.it “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 unglue.it 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 unglue.it 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 unglue.it 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...

Unglue.it goes live
May 17, 2012 | 12:00 pm

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