Unglue.it stuck in 1st gear, but we’re staying engaged

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May 092014

It’s been about 9 days since I released my  half-new novel Biodigital via Unglue.it’s “buy to unglue” program under which books are put Creative Commons and made available for free download after a sales target (or default date) has been reached. My books Acts of the Apostles, Cheap Complex Devices and The Pains have been under Creative Commons for some time; last week I made them available though Unglue.it’s new “Thanks for Ungluing” program as a way to try to collect a few $$ from souls of goodwill who contribute for books that are already freely available. JohnSundman.com was launched at the same time.

I think it’s safe to say that as of now, banking on revenue from Unglue.it does not seem to be a wise retirement strategy for me. I’ve taken in about $100 from all four books combined. A few people have tweeted or blogged it, including John Biggs at Techcrunch, but in general the reaction to the Unglue.it announcements from the world at large has been pretty muted.

However, the nice thing about ebooks and ebook platforms is that once you go to the trouble to put your book “out there”, you don’t have to do anything to keep them there. Acts of the Apostles, now nearly 15 years old, has found an audience. So has Cheap Complex Devices, though its audience is smaller. The Pains has not yet developed much of a following, though I remain confident that it someday will. And as for Biodigital, who knows? I hope that it will find readers, but right now it’s available exclusively on Unglue.it, which is a pretty obscure site. After a month or two I’ll make it more widely available. But in any event I’ll be increasingly focusing my attentions on Creation Science, and looking forward, not back.




Buenos Dias, Muchachos!

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Apr 302014

Today (thanks to the kind & abiding Gary Gray, who stepped in once again when I was foundering & dithering) we launch this-a-here website, just in time to accompany the release of my half-new novel Biodigital & the announcement of the “thanks for ungluing” facility on Unglue.it. The site is very much a work in progress, but hey, it exists, which is more than I can say of its prior ten years during which I made noises about bringing into existence but somehow never did. So Bismillah, what what, and away we go with Johnsundman.com.

The Unglue.it website exists as a way for writers to bring their books into the Creative Commons and still get (a chance for) some financial compensation; conversely it’s a way for appreciative readers to chip in  a few bucks to support writers who have made their works available for free. Although I haven’t advertised it too much lately, my books Acts of the Apostles, Cheap Complex Devices and The Pains are available under Creative Commons and have been for some while. Because I generally prefer to sell my books than to give them away for free, I usually link to Amazon (or similar) when calling attention their existence. In making them available on Unglue.it and promoting their free availability to the world, I’m making the bet that the reading public will reward me with voluntary contributions equal to or greater than what I could expect from not doing so. We’ll see.

Below the fold, an overview of Biodigital and a bit of its backstory.

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