Unglue.it, the site that aims to crowdfund digital editions of out-of-print books, is to relaunch on October 15th with a number of improvements. They’re also going to be using Stripe for payment processing, having lost the support of Amazon’s payment processing system back in August.
The relaunch marks a turning point for Unglue.it, which successfully “unglued” Ruth Finnegan’s Oral Literature in Africa a few months ago. Now that they’ve got the Stripe deal in place, they’re planning to have campaigns back up and running by the end of the month, although users will have to re-pledge to campaigns they previously supported.
While Unglue.it’s Eric Hellman has stated in the past that he’s not mad at Amazon over recent events, this wasn’t an isolated incident. We’ve seen other examples of sites having problems with processors this year, such as Smashwords’ (ultimately successful) battle with Paypal. Arguably, there’s a need for new processors to enter the market, and it’ll be interesting if the likes of Stripe can offer a solution.