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August 9, 2012
Amazon Cuts Off Unglue.it
unglue.it, a project to use crowdfunding methods for Creative Commons ebooks, has posted a note to its blog indicating that Amazon will no longer process payments for it. You may recall I mentioned unglue.it in passing in regard to their work on Oral Literature in Africa.
Amazon has a high-profile role in the crowdfunding space due to it being the main payment hub for Kickstarter projects. Similarly, it had been processing payments for unglue.it, and their withdrawal has forced the site to "suspend all active ungluing campaigns" while it looks for a new payments processor. The Oral Literature project is apparently already through the payments processing stage and will continue, which is good since Amazon is apparently forcing unglue to "void all pending authorizations".
No reason for the decision has been made public but one can speculate. In particular, it's probably not too far-fetched to wonder if Amazon didn't want to be associated with a project that's likely (further) to piss off book publishers, whose relationships with Amazon are testy at best.
(h/t Doug Pardee for the original pointer)
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