June 26, 2015. San Francisco, CA. Two projects that have been building towards a sustainable ecosystem for free ebooks have joined together in a new non-profit corporation. The Free Ebook Foundation envisions a world where ebooks will be funded, distributed and maintained for the benefit of all, by coordinating the efforts and resources of many.Unglue.it and GITenberg, the two projects to be supported by the Free Ebook Foundation, have shared the goals of making free ebooks more available while focusing on different problems.
April 30, 2014 – Today marks the official launch of Unglue.it’s “Thanks for Ungluing” program. Unglue.it is “the bookstore for books that want to be free”. Unglue.it aims to compile a comprehensive database of Creative Commons licensed books while offering authors and publishers new ways to make ends meet. Continue reading “Thanks-for-Ungluing” official launch today→
Unglue.it posted on their blog today about a new direction – a bookstore for books that want to be free.Â Here is the full blog post:
Soon, weâ€™ll be launching a new phase of Unglue.it.
How do we describe what weâ€™re doing? When we did the first implementation of â€œBuy-To-Unglueâ€ (as a test, not a launch) I told a lot of people about it, but it wasnâ€™t so easy to explain. Unglue.it would be sort of a Crowdfunding site, sort of a bookstore, sort of a library distributor. My explanation was too much â€œhowâ€ and not enough â€œwhyâ€. Finally, I hit upon a simple description of our vision for the site: â€œA Bookstore for Books that Want to be Freeâ€. Continue reading Unglue.it opens a new chapter – a bookstore for books that want to be free→
Unglue.it is now testing the next phase of their program, 2.0.Â The new “Buy to Unglue” campaigns use the ebook as an instant reward for supporting a campaign. They built a free ebook lending platform for libraries so that library users can buy ebooks for their library. A blog post at Unglue.it highlights the details of the program.
Details of the program from an Unglue.it email:
To showcase the work we’ve done, we’ve launched a “buy to unglue” campaign for a public domain ebook, Edwin Abbott Abbott’s Flatland.Â You can buy an ebook and see the ungluing date change. You can join our test library, and ask to borrow a book. Once you’ve joined a library, you can buy ebooks you can share with the library. We’d love to see every ebook store work like that.
Now that we can show everyone how “buy to unglue” is going to work, we want to talk with publishers, authors, and libraries that feel ready to take the next step into the ebook future. eMail to firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in participating.
This is fabulous news.Â Way to go De Gruyter!Â I’m so pleased to see publishers working direct with Unglue.it.
Berlin, 2 April 2013 â€“ Starting today, the academic publisher De Gruyter will be offering 100 titles from its e-dition series at the crowdfunding platform Unglue.it. Each individual title that raises 2,100 dollars at the site will be made available worldwide as open access content.
Unglue.it is an innovative service provider that is making ebooks free and universally accessible to libraries and book lovers alike. How it works: users contribute an amount of their choosing to the book titles offered at the platform by publishers. If the minimum funding amount is achieved, the publisher will release the book under Creative Commons license CC-BY-NC-ND. Continue reading De Gruyter and Unglue.it partner to expand open access titles→
Happy to see another campaign being launched at Unglue.it.Â This title is really unique.Â It’s an English language book about Mumbaiâ€™s unique Dabbawala food delivery co-operative, Feeding the City.Â Below is more from the press release:
Unglue.it is pleased to announce a second crowdfunding campaign from the nonprofit UK company Open Book Publishers for the first English translation of Sara Roncagliaâ€™s Feeding the City, an ethnographic study of the dabbawala co-operative system of lunch delivery in Mumbai.
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.
This is the second campaign from Open Book Publishers, who released the Unglued Ebook of Oral Literature in Africa by Ruth Finnegan in September 2012, which can be downloaded at http://unglue.it/work/81834/.Â (More than 3,000 total CC-licensed ebook copies of Oral Literature in Africa have been downloaded from sites all over the world since publication.) Continue reading Unglue.it and Open Book Publishers launch new campaign→
Really pleased to see additional books becoming unglued through the Unglue.it crowdfunding program.Â Congrats to all involved.
January 21, 2013 â€” Unglue.it, the crowdfunding website for Creative Commons licensed ebooks, has funded and released two more free ebooks, now available for download.
The most recent â€œunglued bookâ€ is So You Want to Be a Librarian, by Lauren Pressley and published by Library Juice Press. Itâ€™s aimed at students and others who want to know whether a career in librarianship might be right for them. â€œIt seems fitting that a book about a rapidly changing profession should make use of a cutting edge funding and distribution mechanismsâ€, said Eric Hellman, President of Gluejar, Inc., the company behind Unglue.it. â€œPressleyâ€™s book can now evolve in the public common and serve new generations of librarians.â€ Continue reading Unglue.it releases two more free ebooks→
I’m happy to see that Unglue.it is back in business with a new payment provider, Stripe.Â Eric Hellman announced five new title campaigns as well, including one by fellow librarian, Lauren Pressley.Â More information is below in the press release.
October 15, 2012 – Two months after being forced to shut down by Amazon Payments, Unglue.it is relaunching today with a new payments provider, Stripe, and ungluing campaigns for five books.
Unglue.it is a crowdfunding platform that supports authors and publishers in releasing free editions of their books. After successfully raising $7500 to make Ruth Finneganâ€™s 1970 classic Oral Literature in Africa free to the world, they were forced to suspend their remaining campaigns when Amazon changed its policies on supporting crowdfunding companies. Continue reading Unglue.it is back with 5 new campaigns→
From an email message sent by the Unglue.it team:Â Thanks to your support, the unglued edition of Oral Literature in Africa is now available for download. You can get your copy from the same place you supported its creation, the Unglue.it book page. Itâ€™s available in pdf, epub (iBooks, Nook, Kobo), and mobi (Kindle) formats.
We want to hear your stories about how youâ€™re reading, sharing, remixing, and enjoying Oral Literature in Africa. (Remember, the CC BY license means you have permission to copy, distribute, translate, and adapt the work, as long as you attribute the book to Ruth Finnegan.)
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