Congrats to Project Gutenberg on adding it’s 40,000th title.Â Hat tip to @paulkbiba for the news.
From the PG site:
With little fanfare, Project Gutenberg reached #40000 in its eBook series; Extinct Birds: an attempt to unite in one volume a short account of those birds which have become extinct in historical times: that is, within the last six or seven hundred years: to which are added a few which still exist, but are on the verge of extinction, by Walter Rothschild. Continue reading Project Gutenberg adds 40,000 title→
Congrats to everyone at Unglue.it for the first successful campaign.Â Here is the official press release:
Two hundred and fifty-nine supporters pledged a total of $7,578 to a campaign to “unglue” Ruth Finnegan’s 1970 classic, â€œOral Literature in Africaâ€. 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 Attribution license, opening it up to free use and reuse by scholars and readers around the world.
Unglue.it, the website that hosted the campaign, launched on May 17th with the goal of “giving ebooks to the world”. Â Unglue.it allows rights holders of already published books to present “ungluing campaigns”. Site members can then pledge towards making the book available as Creative Commons licensed ebooks. If the campaign meets its goal, the ebook becomes freely available to everyone. Continue reading Unglue.it celebrates the first successful campaign→
It’s interesting to see more academic libraries using funds to subsidize author fees for open access journals. I expect this trend to continue.Â Below is another example between SAGE and the University of North Carolina Greensboro, from the press release:
Los Angeles, CA (June 20, 2012) SAGE and the University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNC Greensboro) have announced a partnership designed to encourage social science and humanities faculty and students at the university to publish in SAGE Open. Launched by SAGE in 2011, SAGE Open is the first peer-reviewed, broad-based â€œGoldâ€ open access social science and humanities journal.
UNC Greensboro will subsidize the author fee for 30 accepted papers to SAGE Open at a discounted rate. SAGE will reach out to UNC Greensboro faculty and students to let them know about the subsidized fees. Additionally, SAGE will handle the billing and accounting for the fees so that it is a seamless transaction for UNC Greensboro authors. Continue reading SAGE and UNC Greensboro partner on open access→
Douglas County Libraries makes the news again.Â This time, as the motivation for Bibliotheca to adopt an open source platform for econtent delivery (www.bibliotheca.com/ebook).Â Here is more from the press release:
Rotkreuz, Switzerland â€“ Tuesday 19th June
Bibliotheca, the leading global developer and supplier of technologies designed to enhance library efficiency and the user experience, is partnering with the library community to facilitate adoption of open source platforms for the delivery of electronic content. The company will build upon the concepts originally designed and developed by the Douglas County Libraries, CO (DCL) to enable libraries, first in North America and then around the globe, to meet the many challenges that the emerging world of eBooks presents.
Monique Sendze, Associate Director of Information Technology at DCL, will be joining Bibliotheca to lead a new Bibliotheca eBook division. â€œMy heart belongs to libraries and I have devoted many of my waking hours over the past two years to making DCLâ€™s eBook solution a reality. I am excited by the opportunity to take what Iâ€™ve learned at DCL to make eBooks more affordable and user friendly for libraries and their patrons throughout the world.â€ Continue reading Bibliotheca to support open source eBook model→
Have you heard of Unglue.it?Â If not, read on… 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.
Their first campaign has less than one week to go.
Weâ€™re up to 65% of the goal with just under 1 week to go!
Los Angeles, CA (May 17, 2012) SAGE and Simon Fraser University (SFU), a leader in the open access movement and a member of COPE (Compact for Open-access Publishing Equity), have announced a partnership designed to encourage social science and humanities faculty and students at SFU to publish in SAGE Open. Launched by SAGE in 2011, SAGE Open is the first peer-reviewed, broad-based â€œGoldâ€ open access social science and humanities journal.
Congratulations to everyone at Unglue.it on the official launch.
May 17, 2012 â€” 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 Nassise, Riverwatch
Nancy Rawles, Love Like Gumbo
Budding Reader, Cat and Rat
Open Book Publishers, Oral Literature in Africa, by Ruth Finnegan.
Unglue.it is a crowdfunding site that lets book lovers pay authors and publishers to make their already-published books free to the world under a Creative Commons license. Â If supporters pledge an amount chosen by the booksâ€™ rights holders before a given deadline, those books will be released as â€œungluedâ€ ebook editions. Â For these campaigns, deadlines vary from approximately two to six months, and funding goals from approximately $5,000 to $25,000. Continue reading Unglue.it launching now – five campaigns are open→
A very interesting development at the University of Minnesota was discussed in an article found at Inside Higher Ed.Â Here’s a clip from the article:Â Minnesota launched an online catalog of open-source books last month and will pay its professors $500 each time they post an evaluation of one of those books. (Faculty members elsewhere are welcome to post their own reviews, but they wonâ€™t be compensated.) Minnesota professors who have already adopted open-source texts will also receive $500, with all of the money coming from donor funds.
From an Unglue.it email:Â So: here it is. Â On May 17, at 12 noon EDT, unglue.it will launch its first set of campaigns.
Between now and then weâ€™ll be eyeballs-deep in code and paperwork, running the final tests on our payment processing system, applying some last-minute usability and design tweaks, and working with our rights holders to build their campaigns. Weâ€™ll have at least one test campaign; follow us on Twitter or Facebook if you want to help us out.
Big news from the World Bank.Â They have launched their Open Knowledge Repository and will support open access and creative commons licensing for much of its research and publications.Â Here is more from a news article on the World Bank site:
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