Series Editor: John Holbo. The goal of Glassbead Books was to publish "book events" that orginated on The Valve. Born on blogs as massive, multi-reviewer online seminars, the book events were hybrid creatures, unknown in a paper age. They do critical work and attract a broad range of participants. And, after the fact, they look quite nice on paper. By publishing the books in low-cost print versions and free in ebook format, we hereby demonstrate what an intellectual gift culture can do for the rest of academic publishing. Not all of these books are narrowly academic, but the case for their intellectual functionality is clearest in the scholarly cases, and perhaps clearest of all in the humanities.