Unglue.it’s First “Buy-to-Unglue” E-Book Goes On Sale as New Crowdfunding Mechanism Reaches Beta
“Buy-to-Unglue” uses ebook purchases as a crowdfunding mechanism. Every ebook downloaded comes with a future dated Creative Commons license.
Each purchase brings that Creative Commons effective date, the date the ebook becomes free to everyone, closer to the present.
The first ebook to be sold in this way is Lagos_2060.
In 2010, eight writers – 5 men and 3 women – came together to contribute stories to an anthology with futuristic takes on the city of Lagos via a workshop tagged LAGOS_2060, conceived to commemorate Nigeria’s golden jubilee. The anthology that grew out of the workshop is remarkable for the different versions of the future it imagines.
The authors are Afolabi Muheez Ashiru, Okey Egboluche, Chiagozie Fred Nwonwu, Kofo Akib, Ayodele Arigbabu, Adebola Rayo, Terh Agbedeh, Temitayo Olofinlua. The collection is curated by Ayodele Arigbabu and published by DADA books.
Libraries are an important focus of the Buy-to-Unglue program. Libraries that participate in Unglue.it can buy the ebooks and lend them through the free unglue.it ebook distribution platform. In addition, verified library users can purchase buy-to-unlgue books for their libraries.
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Note: As we post this item (Jan. 20, 2013; 8pm EST) $29,961 is needed to “unglue” Lagos_2060. The current ungluing date is December 24, 2059 but this will move closer to the present as more people purchase the book.
An individual license for the book costs $6.
Learn More about Lagos_2060: New Stories about Africa’s Future by Young Africans (via Unglue.It’s Blog)
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