Thanks to Dailyebookreviews, I’ve just come across the very interesting Unglue.it crowdsourcing initiative. Essentially, once people donate a predetermined amount of funds for a particular book, the author commits to release it for free for download, copying, etc.  It sounds terrific – the author gets paid, and most people get the book for free. Too early to see whether it will actually take off, but it will be interesting to watch.