Turning old books into ebooks is relatively easy. Doing it in such a way that we respect copyright and the rights of the authors of the books that we love is the hard part, and that's why Singularity&Co. needs your help.
Some of the books that we ebookify will be "orphaned," with no current copyright holder. Even so, we're going to do our very best track down the authors (or their estates) and get their blessing.
Most of the books we attempt to rescue, however, will be in copyright but out of print. Some great books find themselves out of print because the demand for them just isn't there. Others are out of print because their publication rights have become muddled (to put it kindly) over the years, and some are just plain forgotten. These are exactly the books we aim to rescue.
There is a world of great sci fi titles that are effectively forgotten by fans of the genre, by publishers, and sometimes even by the authors who wrote them. Add to that the facts that the sci fi publishing houses of the past were not always the best at respecting their contratual obligations, that publishing contracts of the past often didn't contemplate the media of the future (ironic, right?), and that for a host of reasons authors often didn't understand their rights, or were not in a position to protect them, and you have what is in technical terms called a "mess."
Singularity&Co. is going to untangle that mess, sleuth out the rights and rights holders of these great, neglected works, and in doing so make it possible to bring them into the 21st century while at the same time respecting the rights of their authors. Even better, once we've got the methodology down, we're going to share it so that sci fi books are not the only ones that get rescued.