unglue.it plans to use crowdfunding to "buy" the rights to existing books, and then publish them as free ebooks.
I love the idea of "ungluing" books and making them available to the general public. However, I'm not sure how this is different than the ebooks I currently get from my public library. I'd appreciate some additional edu-ma-cation please!
The "funner" opportunity may be to unglue books from IP laws and allow people to create story worlds that extend the story beyond what the original author intended or could imagine.
To a certain extent Gregory Maguire did this for the Wizard of Oz with his book "Wicked". But imagine if everyone who loved the Wizard of Oz stories pooled their resources (money, talent and imagination) to create a story universe across multiple platforms! Multiple story lines, more characters, layers of engagement, versions that work for both old and young. Could be tons o' fun!
I know I'd want to be part of that crowdfunding, co-creating, connected world...