Unglue.it is a service provided by Gluejar, Inc. It's a place for individuals and institutions to join together to liberate specific ebooks and other types of digital content by paying authors and publishers 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.
Although our founding team will be be playing many roles at once, Amanda will be spending much of her time reaching out to authors, publishers, and other rights holders and identifying works that will attract financial support from book lovers who want to see the ebooks available for free to anyone, anywhere. Her experience in both trade and academic publishing, together with her keen insight into the world of book rights, stood her above a lot of great people who expressed interest in working for Gluejar.
At Gluejar, the interfaces we will expose to other websites and the data mash-ups we'll support will be just as important as the website itself. Expect that any webpage -- book blog, Facebook page, or library online catalog -- will be able to combine book data and user interaction with the effort of nudging the book towards Open Access. Raymond's expertise will make this possible.