December 19, 2014

Amazon Forces Unglue.it To Suspend Crowdfunding Operations

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Unglue.it, the new crowdfunding site that encourages authors and publishers to make their ebooks available under a Creative Commons license, today was forced to suspend all active campaigns, after Amazon informed the organization that it would no longer process its pledge payments. Eric Hellman, founder of Unglue.it developer Gluejar Inc., told LJ that an Amazon representative had informed them that crowdfunding, in general, presents regulatory and contractual issues that Amazon is having difficulty keeping pace with. According to their conversation, with the exception of Kickstarter, Amazon Payments will be rejecting business with all new crowdfunding operations.

Gluejar to Make Soft Launch of Website at ALA Midwinter

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A project that aims to give “free books to the public” and “full value for authors and publishers” prepares for a soft launch of its website at ALA Midwinter.

Link: Go To Hellman: What’s a Book Worth?

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?