Creative Commons

TeleRead Links: E-books by phone and candle? Apple Siri and music hassles. Streaming vs. ripping.

By Chris Meadows
July 18, 2015 // 2 Comments

Indoor candle device is designed to keep phones charged (Phys.org) An emergency generator for your phone at time of power outages? That’s an offer in the form of a crowdfunded-campaign item called Candle Charger. It offers USB power when you need it, designed to keep phones souped up when the [...]

Morning Links: Amazon launches Prime Now. Book culture heroes of 2014

By Joanna Cabot
December 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

Five Book Culture Heroes of 2014 (Book Riot) I say this every year, but folks: it’s never been a better time to be a reader. This year, in particular, we’ve been blessed by some incredible people who are making book culture better and more inclusive. So here’s to the book culture heroes of [...]

Creative Commons cookbooks for low-income aspiring chefs

By Joanna Cabot
July 27, 2014 // 1 Comment

I found a great little write-up at Lifehacker about Leanne Brown—a student in food studies who, as part of her course project, has released two gorgeous cookbooks on cheap, healthy home cooking. The best part? Both books are available for free on her website under a Creative Commons license, [...]

Unglue.it launches campaign for ‘Lagos_2060’ e-book with new ‘Buy-to-Unglue’ model

By Chris Meadows
January 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

I just received a press release from Eric Hellman of Unglue.it, the crowdfunding-to-release-free site for e-books. The release announces that Unglue.it is trying a slightly different model for its latest book release. Instead of seeking pledges and releasing the book when it reaches that amount, [...]

Writer objects to Spare Rib digitization project’s imposition of a Creative Commons license

By libertyc
December 21, 2013 // 2 Comments

We’re familiar with Creative Commons as a tool for granting creators more freedom to choose what permissions they want to grant readers of their work. But even a tool for freedom can become constrictive if its use is required, and that seems to be the case with the project to digitize content of [...]

The DPLA and the risks of gentrifying America’s public libraries

By libertyc
August 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

Jim Duncan, now executive director of the Colorado Librarian Consortium, offered some needed candor about the Digital Public Library of America for NPR reporter Laura Sydell’s August 19 segment on the DPLA. The reaction from certain NPR commenters online? Nasty bashing of Duncan and other [...]

Sad fate of ‘Five Laws’ book shows need for DPLA-related efforts to keep old masterpieces alive

By libertyc
April 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

Oh, the irony! In The Five Laws of Library Science, S. R. Ranganathan argued in the 1930s for libraries as improvers of life for rich and poor alike. Now Google Books has digitized 30 million titles, but you won’t find Laws on the Web in its entirety from Google at any price. You’ll [...]

Unglue.it teams up with academic publisher De Gruyter

By Dan Eldridge
April 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

It’s been a little while since we’ve had any interesting news to share about Unglue.it, the online service provider that uses a crowdfunding method to obtain the copyrights of certain e-books, which are then made freely available to anyone—or any institution, for that matter, [...]

A legitimate archive of free textbooks

By Dan Eldridge
March 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

I received an email earlier this week from Dr. Frank Lowney, an occasional TeleRead contributor, and the author of The Coming ePublishing Revolution in Higher Education. Dr. Lowney, who is professionally affiliated with Georgia College & State University, most definitely knows his stuff when [...]

The latest Unglue.it campaign looks truly promising

By Dan Eldridge
March 3, 2013 // 1 Comment

The Unglue.it gang is at it again, doing what they can to get the word out about the latest titles they’re attempting to “unglue.” One of the books, Sara Roncaglia’s Feeding the City, looks fantastic. Originally written in Italian and published by Open Book Publishers, [...]

Morning Links — Will Bookish Succeed?

By libertyc
February 7, 2013 // 0 Comments

eReaders Not Selling Well in German Bookstores (The Digital Reader) Why Using Creative Commons Licensed Material is Not as Easy as it Looks (Techdirt) Bookish: Will it Succeed? (Digital Book World) Libraries Lobby Publishers to Change eBook Policies (Penn Live) Kindle Daily Deals: Justice Denied by [...]

Help the Gates Foundation decide how to spend money on libraries

By libertyc
December 2, 2012 // 5 Comments

In an even more wired future, what will be the needs of public libraries in the U.S. and elsewhere? Just what is the role of libraries if “a person can access much of the information in the world from a device”? How to bring about the right kind of “lasting changes”? The Bill and Melinda [...]

Unglue.it relaunches with five campaigns

By libertyc
October 15, 2012 // 0 Comments

I got an email this morning indicating that Creative Commons book crowdsourcing site Unglue.it is relaunching with a new payment processor and several new ungluing campaigns. Unglue.it first launched a few months ago with the goal of collecting donations to put toward “ungluing” copyrighted [...]

ALA’s gripes to publishers dance around the e-library world’s Problem #1—not enough money for e-books

By libertyc
September 25, 2012 // 8 Comments

I’m still borrowing e-books from public libraries. I loved the digital edition of the late Louis Auchincloss’s memoirs that popped up when I was browsing the electronic stacks of a library system near me here in Northern Virginia. Public libraries at their best can be Serendipity Central. [...]

Unglue.it launches with five book-freeing campaigns

By libertyc
May 17, 2012 // 0 Comments

I found a press release in my mailbox this morning about the launch of Eric Hellman’s crowd-funded Creative Commons republishing initiative for copyrighted works, Unglue.it (which we’ve mentioned a few times already here). The site has officially launched just now, with campaigns for the [...]

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