unglue (v. t.) 1. To pay an author or publisher for publishing a Creative Commons ebook.
unglue (v. t.) 2. To make a digital book free to read and use, worldwide.
unglue (v. t.) 3. To make it legal for a digital book to be used, distributed, archived and preserved by libraries.
unglue (v. t.) 4. For an author or publisher, to accept a fixed amount of money from the public for its unlimited use of an ebook.
unglue (v. t.) 5. To make your favorite books free to everyone on earth.
unglue (v. t.) 6. To reward authors and publishers for sharing books with the world.
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Are you a Smashwords author? Do you want to unglue your book? You can! Here's how:

Why Unglue Your Book?

As a self-published author, you know that establishing a relationship with your readers is crucial to your success as an Author.

Ungluing campaigns offer ways to earn income while at the same time making your books free. They're a tool for you to reach out to, discover, interact with, and increase your audience while raising the profile of your work. Your unglued book, in turn, becomes an ambassador for the rest of your work.

Rest assured that, when you unglue a book, you retain the copyright. You can choose whichever Creative Commons license serves your interests best, whether that's inviting your fans to remix your work or sharing it widely while reserving certain rights. If a book is unglued via a pledge campaign, you should set the price to zero in the Smashwords admin so as to honor the intentions of your supporters. We encourage you to develop enhanced digital editions to sell alongside the Creative Commons Licensed edition and print versions for sale.

The Fine Print

Don't the Smashwords Terms of Service say that authors can't distribute Meatgrinder files through other channels without special permission?

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