The Book Elf is coming! What is The Book Elf? The Book Elf is the world's first eBook sharing social network. I started dreaming it up two years ago as a way to make eBooks more easily shareable, because current eBook licenses actually make it illegal for the owner to share them. Our mission is to making sharing eBooks as easy as sharing print books, while still adhering to copyright law.
How will it work? The Book Elf will start by letting users share public domain eBooks. Public domain works don’t have copyright restrictions, so you can share them freely with your friends. Most literary classics are in the public domain so this gives users a great selection to chose from. Users can find eBooks by searching their friends’ shelves, or searching The Book Elf which also links to the internet archive’s public domain collection. If a public domain eBook does not appear in our collection, users can upload a copy. We will verify the public domain status before adding it to the user’s shelf and our collection. Users can also write reviews for eBooks. The Book Elf is completely free to use.
In our second phase, we will create a new eBook license that will allow authors and publishers who adopt it to make their copyrighted eBooks shareable through The Book Elf. Instead of using DRM file formats, The Book Elf will build DRM into the website itself to prevent from proliferating. 3 simple rules will keep sharing fair for copyright holders, while still leveraging the advantages of this digital format to give users a great experience.
If you would like to learn more and sign up for a notification when we launch, please visit The Book Elf.