Ungluing eBooks – creative commons licensed eBooks

August 30th, 2011 · by spolanka · No Comments

Eric Hellman has a new blog post on his Go To Hellman site with updates on his new project to support open access eBooks– Unglue.it (or unglueit.com).

From the post: 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 that you love, so that everyone, everywhere can read them. You betcha…We’re developing the Unglue.it website on the Amazon cloud; in addition to the four full time Gluejar staff, we have three design and development contractors working on its construction. It’s a great team, but we’re still figuring out how to make our virtual office work. Even when Irene knocks out our power.  Our prototype is using the PayPal payment processing infrastructure, various bibliographic web services, and the Django web application framework. Right now, it looks like we’ll hit alpha in October.

Here’s more from the Gluejar vision:

Gluejar is building a place for individuals and institutions to join together to liberate specific ebooks and other types of digital content by paying rightsholders to relicense their works under Creative Commons licenses.

What does this mean?

  • Book-lovers and libraries everywhere can join together to set books free.
  • Authors and publishers get the compensation they deserve.
  • Books that are out of print, not available as ebooks, or otherwise hard to enjoy will be available for everyone to read, share, learn from, and love — freely and legally.

Learn more at our blog, or sign up for our mailing list (at right) to be notified as soon as we’re ready to unglue books with you.

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