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Achieving Open Access with Crowdfunding. De Gruyter to Cooperate with Unglue.it

April 2, 2013

Starting today, the academic publisher De Gruyter will be offering 100 titles from its e-dition series at the crowdfunding platform Unglue.it. Each individual title that raises 2,100 dollars at the site will be made available worldwide as open access content.

Unglue.it is an innovative service provider that is making ebooks free and universally accessible to libraries and book lovers alike. How it works: users contribute an amount of their choosing to the book titles offered at the platform by publishers. If the minimum funding amount is achieved, the publisher will release the book under Creative Commons license CC-BY-NC-ND.

"The demand for open access books at De Gruyter has been increasing continuously," says De Gruyter CEO Sven Fund. "This has motivated us to offer select e-dition titles at Unglue.it and see if users are willing to help increase the number of open access works available."

De Gruyter will offer books from 1958 to 2003 that currently can no longer be ordered. Both English and German books from a wide range of subject areas will be offered.

"We're really excited and honored to be working with De Gruyter. Their broad commitment to both Open Access and to high quality publishing really distinguishes them from their competitors", says Eric Hellman, President of Gluejar Inc., the company behind Unglue.it.