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Aug - 12 - 2012
Nicole C. Engard

Back in March I attended Computers in Libraries and at one of the social events I learned about a new site to try and get more books released as open access – that project is called Unglue.it:

Unglue.it is a a place for individuals and institutions to join together to give their favorite ebooks to the world. We work with rights holders to decide on fair compensation for releasing a free, legal edition of their already-published books, under Creative Commons licensing. Then everyone pledges toward that sum. When the threshold is reached (and not before), we collect the pledged funds and we pay the rights holders. They issue an unglued digital edition; you’re free to read and share it, with everyone, on the device of your choice, worldwide.

I loved the idea so much I signed right up and started telling all of my friends. Today I realized that I never told all of you!! So, if you haven’t already, please check out Unglue.it and if you’re a publisher or author, maybe consider helping unglue one of your own works.

On a related note, Unglue.it is having an issue right now with Amazon cutting off their access to the crowdfunding platform. This blog thread explains it all and asks for help and ideas if you have any to share.


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