The restaurant at the end of the universe

353 Ungluers have Faved this Work
Two survivors of the Earth's destruction search for the meaning of the universe in this clever science fiction parody

Why unglue this book? Have your say.

(May 3, 2013, 12:18 p.m.)
We finally talked to the literary agent for the Adams estate. Apparently, because of the movie licensing deal, Disney is involved with everything Hitchhiker, and most everything fun that people want to do with Hitchhiker is really hard to do. So ungluing anything Hitchhiker is not going to happen even if we get a million ungluers. On the other hand, Dirk Gently...
(Aug. 14, 2012, 6:39 p.m.)
Remember; none of this accounts for if the book is freely available other works by the same author and derivative works (such as films) can greatly benefit, making and replacing income for the author and publisher. Opening up a book does not suddenly mean everything connected to it becomes unprofitable.

Additionally, bestsellers is over all time I believe, and not for a limited time frame. Just because a book sold X copies since release doesn't mean it's still going to sell that same amount going forward, and even less likely to do so in the author's lifetime.
(June 15, 2012, 2:55 a.m.)
Ok. It might be nice if you'd let users link between possible duplicates, then it would be easy for the next user to find the one he wants (likely the one with the most votes).
(June 14, 2012, 2:38 p.m.)
Most of the agents and conventional publishers we’ve been talking to have told us they are concerned about the CC impact on future income from ebooks. Here are some of the metrics for the numbers of Ungluers we think are needed to catch the Rights Holders’ attention.

Hitchhiker’s Guide, for example, in its most recent trade paperback and Kindle editions, hovers around the top 1,000 bestsellers on Amazon. The expanded paperback is #23 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Space Opera. (Not sure why its also #40 under women’s fiction/single women, but maybe that’s just Arthur Dent’s charm.)

Of course we don’t know what actual sales numbers create these Amazon rankings, but they’re at least a guideline to ranking all the editions for sale, (Amazon’s ranking for the original mass market and UK editions are somewhat lower.)

We think that in order to get a conversation started with the Douglas Adam estate and his publishers in the US. and UK it might take at least 29,000 Ungluers willing to give $10 each in support of a CC edition of Hitchhiker’s Guide.

(June 14, 2012, 11:50 a.m.)
We use a webservice from LibraryThing called ThingISBN to combine editions. So if the book isn't combined on LibraryThing, it wont be combined here. We're working on ways to improve this, of course, but we have a small team and a large problem, so please bear with us!
(June 14, 2012, 10:25 a.m.)
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