Unglue.it, the site that aims to raise enough money for certain books to be made available for free in digital formats, has ‘unglued’ its first book. Ruth Finnegan’s 1970 book Oral Literature in Africa has reached its target of just over $7,500 thanks to the contributions of 267 supporters, with the average donation being just under $30.
Oral Literature in Africa is a non-fiction examination of unwritten literature across Africa, and the social function of stories and poems that are kept alive by the oral tradition. Open Book Publishers, who ‘claimed’ the book on the site, were fully behind the effort to get the book’s rights unglued.
Other books currently being targeted by Unglue.it campaigns include The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams and Love Like Gumbo by Nancy Rawles.