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. If supporters pledge an amount
chosen by the books’ rights holders before a given deadline, those
books will be released as “unglued” ebook editions. For these
campaigns, deadlines vary from approximately two to six months, and
funding goals from approximately $5,000 to $25,000.

As the popularity of ebooks skyrockets, readers have been discovering
both their convenience and their disadvantages. Proprietary formats
and digital rights management (DRM) technology lock ebooks to specific
devices and make it hard for people to keep reading their books as
technology changes. Many ebooks cannot even be lent by libraries.
Unglued ebooks solve these problems. They have no DRM and can be
copied and shared without infringing copyright due to the Creative
Commons license. Instead of receiving royalties, rights holders are
paid one licensing fee of their choosing in advance. Book lovers
pledge toward this fee using the platform.

“The ebook technology revolution creates new opportunities for
innovative markets that support readers, authors, publishers, and
libraries,” said Eric Hellman, President of Gluejar Inc., the company
behind “Our crowdfunding platform will help the books that
we love join the public commons for all to enjoy and cherish, while
still respecting copyright and creators’ livelihoods.”

About ( is a crowdfunding
platform which rewards rights holders for making their ebooks
available to the world under a Creative Commons license
( runs campaigns for previously
published books, allowing book lovers to pledge toward giving them to
the world. When rights holders’ target prices are reached, they
receive funds in exchange for issuing an unglued ebook edition which
can be freely read, copied, and shared, noncommercially, worldwide.
For more information, see

Das sind verdammt hohe Summen für das Befreien von Büchern.

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Klaus Graf (2012, 18. Mai). Archivalia. Abgerufen am 25. April 2024, von

Autor: Klaus Graf

Historiker und Archivar, Blogger

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