Eric Hellman

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, [...]

Unglue.it to Relaunch on October 15

By libertyc
October 4, 2012 // 0 Comments

Just yesterday we ran a profile of Unglue.it founder Eric Hellman; it was written by one of our colleagues, Book Business magazine editor-in-chief Brian Howard. It turns out, though, that we probably should have waited at least one more day before running the story, because Unglue.it released a [...]

Eric Hellman of Unglue.it on e-books, the creative commons, passionate authors and life after Amazon

By libertyc
October 3, 2012 // 1 Comment

By Brian Howard A few weeks ago, crowdfunding platform Unglue.it announced the release of its first e-book, Oral Literature in Africa, via Cambridge’s Open Book Publishers. While the scholarly tome by Ruth H. Finnegan likely didn’t set the publishing world ablaze upon its initial [...]

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 [...]

“Beyond the Book” Podcast Features Interview with GlueJar’s Eric Hellman

By libertyc
May 14, 2012 // 0 Comments

GlueJar Founder and CEO Eric Hellman and is interviewed by Chris Kenneally in the latest ‘Beyond the Book’ podcast from the Copyright Clearance Center. From the Blurb Posted on the Beyond the Book web page: We want to offer rightsholders the opportunity to get a one-time payment in exchange for [...]

Creative Commons – NC (Non-Commercial), by Eric Hellman

By libertyc
October 21, 2011 // 0 Comments

by Wahj (CC BY-NC-ND)Real worms don’t come in cans. The last time I saw worms offered for sale, they came in paper buckets, the kind that usually hold Chinese take-out. You open these up, and the worms don’t jump out at you. Maybe if you left the bucket open for a day or two, the worms [...]

Creative Commons – BY (Attribution), by Eric Hellman

By libertyc
October 20, 2011 // 0 Comments

Have you ever wondered whether Anonymous can use an Creative Commonsattribution license? The Answer is YES, Attribution licenses ARE useful, even for Anonymous.In the process of developing the Unglue.it service, we’ve had to study licenses and decide which ones are best for ungluing ebooks. [...]

Crowd-finding the orphan books, by Eric Hellman

By libertyc
September 19, 2011 // 2 Comments

A solution to the orphan books problem won’t be delivered by a settlement of the Google Books lawsuit anytime soon, we learned on Thursday. “Orphan” works are ones subject to copyright restrictions, but for which rights holders can’t be found or determined.  A proposal to [...]

To Honor Project Gutenberg’s Founder, Dedicate Something to the Public Domain, by Eric Hellman

By libertyc
September 7, 2011 // 1 Comment

The following is an obituary Of Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg, who died yesterday. Its author has dedicated it to the public domain, which allows me to reprint it here: Editor’s Note: obituary is omitted as it is reprinted in full in the post below The best way to honor [...]

Ungluing ebooks progress report: we have a name! by Eric Hellman

By libertyc
August 30, 2011 // 0 Comments

Unglue.It will be the name of Gluejar‘s ungluing ebooks website. Based on feedback from blog readers and many others, we ditched the horrible-in-retrospect “BookPatrons.org”, and focused on names that used the “ungluing ebooks” metaphor, which has no baggage and seems [...]

What’s a book worth? by Eric Hellman

By libertyc
August 15, 2011 // 0 Comments

Imagine you’re an author of a book that was published a few years ago, but you’ve retained ebook rights. Someone wants to be able to give away digital copies of the book for free to an unlimited number of readers. What sort of fee should you demand? After all, if everyone can get your [...]

Epub really IS a container, by Eric Hellman

By libertyc
June 3, 2011 // 5 Comments

  “It’s OK for libraries to put things in their EPUB books.” That’s what Bill Kasdorf, a member of the EPUB Working Group, told me last week at the IDPF Digital Book 2011Meeting. He checked with EPUB Revision Co-Editor Markus Gylling to make sure. I had been curious [...]

Open access ebooks, part 3: business models for creation, by Eric Hellman

By libertyc
May 9, 2011 // 0 Comments

Open Access eBooks, Part 3. Business Models for Creation Here’s the third section of my draft of a book chapter for a book edited by No Shelf Required‘s Sue Polanka. I previously postedthe introduction; and What does Open Access mean for eBooks subsequent posts will cover Open Access [...]

Open Access ebooks, part 2: What does Open Access mean for ebooks? by Eric Hellman

By libertyc
May 2, 2011 // 3 Comments

Here’s the second section of my draft of a book chapter for a book edited by No Shelf Required‘s Sue Polanka. I previously posted the introduction; subsequent posts will include sections on Business Models for Open Access E-Books, and Open Access E-Books in Libraries. Note that [...]

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