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De Gruyter cooperates with Unglue.it

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From today, 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, from Gluejar Inc, is making e-books free and universally accessible to libraries and book lovers alike. It works by users contributing 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 licence CC-BY-NC-ND.

'The demand for open-access books at De Gruyter has been increasing continuously,' said 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.