|Weekly News Digest
May 21, 2012 — In addition to this week's NewsBreak(s), the editors have compiled the Weekly News Digest, featuring stories from the week just past that you should know about. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.
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Unglue.it Officially Launches With Five Ebook Campaigns
Unglue.it launched on May 17, 2012, with campaigns for books from five initial authors and publishers. 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. If supporters pledge an amount chosen by the books’ rightsholders before a given deadline, those books will be released as “unglued” ebook editions. The site launched in alpha in January.
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, rightsholders are paid one licensing fee of their choosing in advance. Book lovers pledge toward this fee using the Unglue.it platform.
The five initial authors and publishers are:
- 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.
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