Unglue.it loves libraries
We want you to have books you can share with your patrons with no DRM, no device restrictions, no tracking of patrons, no license expirations. And we want everyone to have access to those books eventually in a public commons that belong to all of us.
We love libraries because we're from the library world. And because we live in a real world that still needs libraries. We've built Unglue.it in part because we've seen that the ebook system we have now really doesn't work for libraries, and we believe in making things better.
We started out with "Pledge" campaigns to help books become Creative Commons licensed ebooks. We’ve added "Buy-to-Unglue" campaigns to so that libraries can lend ebooks on the road to being unglued.
We need your help, though. We can't unglue ebooks all by ourselves; we need lots of people to pitch in. If you'd like to share free, unlimited, no-DRM, privacy-respecting ebooks with your patrons, here are some ways you can help:
- Sign up.
- Starting an account, for yourself or your library, is free, and lets you add books to your wishlist, comment on them, and support campaigns. Sign up here. It's the first step towards becoming an Unglue.it participating library.
- Become an Unglue.it participating library
- Review our LIBRARY LICENCE AGREEMENT. Once an agreement has been signed, you and your patrons can buy Library Licenses for any ebook with a Buy-to-Unglue campaign. You can lend these ebooks to your patrons immediately using our free distribution platform. The library license gives download access to one library member at a time for 14 days each, in multiple formats, from the our platform or yours, if you have one.
- Stay in touch.
- You can follow us on Twitter (@unglueit), Facebook, and our blog, and subscribe to our newsletter (1-2 emails per month).
- Add unglued ebooks to your collection.
- We provide MARC records for unglued ebooks wherever we can. We also strive to have MARC records available in OCLC and SkyRiver for all unglued ebooks. They can live in the catalog in your ILS; they link to an epub file in the Internet Archive. Of course, because of unglued ebooks' Creative Commons licenses, you're free to shift that epub to other formats, host the file on your own servers, and edit the MARC record accordingly.
- Join our catalogers list.
- We're able to get MARC records into OCLC and SkyRiver because of the support of catalogers like you. Want to help? Add yourself to the list. Usually all you'll need to do is modify an existing record for an earlier edition and upload the record. We'll supply you with the link and the unglued edition. We'll only contact you when there's an unglued book to be cataloged.
- Spread the word.
- There are social media sharing links on most pages on the site. There are some right here!
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- Educate yourself and your patrons about ebook issues and Creative Commons licenses.
- Checkout limits, publishers who won't sell ebooks to libraries, DRM, companies tracking readers' behavior, library prices far in excess of consumer costs, incompatible technologies and formats, cataloging silos...you know why it's hard for you to deliver a seamless ereading experience to your patrons. Make sure they know, too. And make sure everyone knows how solutions, like Creative Commons licenses, can help libraries and readers while respecting copyright and protecting creators' rights.
- Support our active campaigns.
- Ultimately ebooks can't be unglued unless authors and publishers are paid for their work. Many of our staunchest supporters are librarians. There are also several libraries which have supported campaigns, including Leddy Library (University of Windsor, Ontario); the University of Alberta library ; and the Z. Smith Reynolds library (Wake Forest University.
- Give feedback and ask questions.
- Want to know more? Need help? Have ideas for how we could improve the site or make it more library-friendly? Contact us at: email@example.com.