As the popularity of e-books skyrockets, readers have been discovering both their convenience and their disadvantages. Proprietary formats and digital rights management (DRM) technology lock e-books to specific devices and make it hard for people to keep reading their books as technology changes. Many e-books cannot even be lent by libraries. Unglued e-books 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 a licensing fee of their choice in advance. Book lovers pledge toward this fee using the Unglue.it platform.
“We believe people shouldn’t need money in order to have access to books. Unglue.it can make a positive difference in the lives of millions by giving them access to a free library of e-books,” said Melinda Thompson, President of Budding Reader eBooks. “The Unglue.it platform offers publishers the chance to raise money, increase visibility of their titles and at the same time make a contribution to the common good.”
“Budding Reader understands how today’s e-book technology revolution is creating tomorrow’s readers,” said Eric Hellman, President of Gluejar Inc., the company behind Unglue.it. “We’re thrilled to have them on board, and hope that book lovers and libraries around the world will join with us to introduce their work to children everywhere.”
About Unglue.it: Unglue.it (http://unglue.it) is a crowdfunding platform which rewards rights holders for making their e-books available to the world under a Creative Commons license (http://creativecommons.org). Unglue.it 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 e-book edition which can be freely read, copied, and shared, non-commercially, worldwide. For more information, see http://unglue.it/
About Budding Reader: Budding Reader is an independent publisher which
aims to make learning to read easier and more fun for all children, especially reluctant readers. Their book sets incorporate research-based principles to build literacy skills. In addition, Budding Reader partners with literacy nonprofits to donate one e-book to a child in need for every book sold.
President, Gluejar Inc.
President, Budding Reader