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Creative Commons How To Find Creative Commons Content With Google How To Find Creative Commons Content With Google Creative Commons content isn’t always as easy to find as you think. In fact, most things that you find and copy are copyrighted in a way that makes it illegal to copy it without asking... Read More has become quite popular in many fields, but it so far hasn’t had much luck with recently published books. Lack of compensation is the central issue. To solve this problem, Unglue.it has come up with an innovation way to pay authors in exchange for releasing their work under the Creative Commons license.

Crowdfunding 5 Crowd Funding Websites To Support Your Favourite Charities, Bands & Projects 5 Crowd Funding Websites To Support Your Favourite Charities, Bands & Projects Read More is the key. Unglue.it negotiates with rights holders to find a one-time sum they’d be willing to accept in exchange for releasing their books under the license. The book is then listed on the service’s website and fans can pledge donations in support of the goal.

As is the case with other crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter 5 Of The Most Successful Kickstarter Projects Ever 5 Of The Most Successful Kickstarter Projects Ever Kickstarter has undoubtedly changed the world, enabling regular Joes to fund development and production for creative projects that interest them. while helping the creative types bypass the typical venture capitalists, costly bank loans, or soul-destroying... Read More , larger donations usually result in additional benefits. Donating $25 could place your Unglue.it username in the “supports” section of the resulting ebook, while donating $1000 might buy you one-on-one time with the author. The exact benefits of donation vary from book to book.

So far only one book of the five books listed, Oral Literature In Africa, is close to its goal. All other titles (which have larger goals between $11,000 and $25,000) currently have reached 5% of the required total or less. The site has just launched, so it’s hard to say if this is a service that people want to pay for or if there’s not much interest in making books available under the Creative Commons.

What do you think? Would you donate a few bucks to make a book free for everyone?

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Source: Mashable

  1. Colin
    June 22, 2012 at 7:45 am

    "Would you donate a few bucks to make a book free for everyone?"

    No. What I will do is buy the book, read it, and then donate it to a charity shop. They will then sell it and donate the proceeds to people who really need help - not a bunch of freeloaders who are too mean buy their own copy.

    Secondly, with so much literature around in written form and on the web, why on earth would I help pay an unknown author $25,000 for "Budding Reader Book Set 1 - Cat"?

    Does it really need an investment of $25000 for children to read about a cat online? How about using that cash to pay a classroom helper (or two) to help the children to learn to read - wouldn't that be better?

    • Matt Smith
      June 26, 2012 at 7:25 pm

      It does seem like a strange payment model. I can't imagine that they're going to find $25,000 for that Cat book. The Oral Literature book made its goal but all the others are still a long way from it

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