May 16, 2022

Ready To Download! Releases Their First Unglued Book

Congrats to Eric, Andromeda, and the rest of the team on the release of their first unglued e-book, Oral Literature in Africa by Ruth Finnegan. You can download it here (free). The book is available in three formats, .mobi, .epub, and .pdf.

As Eric Hellman points out in the comments below, the release not only makes an out-of-print titles accessible to all but it also includes newly released audio recordings and photographs by the author. Awesome!

Here’s more about today’s news from Eric Hellman, president of GlueJar (parent of

Open Book Publishers (Cambridge, UK) has released a revised, digital edition of Ruth Finnegan’s classic work of scholarship, Oral Literature in Africa, free for all to read and share under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license.

With this license, there no limit on the kind of tablet, ereader or computer on which the book can be read, and – perhaps most importantly – no limit on the number of readers and libraries which can download their own copies at the same time.


Based on research done in the 1960s and first published in 1970, Oral Literature in Africa has been out of print and very hard to find for over a decade.

Now, through the contributions of ungluers from around the world, who raised the goal of $7,500, not only the text but also newly released audio recordings and photographs by Professor Finnegan will be easily accessible to students and scholars around the world.

Print copies of Oral Literature in Africa will be sold by Open Book Publishers through book retailers everywhere, including Kobo, and – where the free ebook will also be downloadable.  The free ebook will be available at libraries and bookstores around the world through Internet Archive’s OpenLibrary ( and on the Open Book Publisher web site.

Download Full Text of Oral Literature in Africa

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