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Step up now to save Blake’s Cottage
July 25, 2014 | 2:25 pm

Cottage-in-Milton-1024x571 William Blake is not only one of England's most celebrated and beloved literary and artistic sons worldwide, he is also author of what has become the unofficial English national anthem, "Jerusalem." Yet the cottage in Felpham, Sussex, where he composed "Jerusalem" is now up for sale to private buyers after UK cultural bodies failed to make a move to save it. The Blake Society, custodians of his memory, have been given a strictly time-limited opportunity to buy the property at a discount - if they can find enough donors. "We have until the 31 October 2014 to raise enough money to...

Get Qwerky with the retro keyboard of your dreams
July 15, 2014 | 3:21 pm

Retro tech buffs, steampunk fans, or veteran writers nostalgic for the days of the mechanical typewriter may all soon be in luck thanks to a highly successful Kickstarter campaign for "an 84 key, USB, Bluetooth-enabled, typewriter-inspired mechanical keyboard that simulates a tactile clicky feel of a vintage typewriter." The Qwerkywriter, which will feature "custom typewriter-inspired keycaps, an integrated tablet stand, and a detachable USB cable via mini-USB port," has breezed past its $90,000 funding goal with $129,164 pledged, and looks all set to go to market with a target shipping date of just over one year's time. Walnut Creek, CA-based Qwerkytoys,...

Has Patreon brought writer patronage into the Kickstarter era?
June 25, 2014 | 12:25 pm

A new online funding platform called Patreon invites its users to "Be a Patron of the Arts" and "Support and engage with the creators you love." Targeting all forms of creativity, including scientists and educationalists as well as practitioners of the arts, Patreon offers a Kickstarter-style funding approach to "Writers & Bloggers" and "Authors," as well as their peers in other disciplines, including comics and graphic novels. "It's different from Kickstarter because it's not about one big project that requires funding," Patreon's introductory video explains. "It's more for bloggers or YouTubers, or web comics - anyone who creates on a regular...

Book Review: Fearful Symmetries, edited by Ellen Datlow, ChiZine Publications
May 28, 2014 | 2:25 pm

Fearful SymmetriesEllen Datlow, doyenne of American horror publishing, has tried something deliberately different with her latest project, Fearful Symmetries: An Anthology of Horror. As she explains, she reached out via Kickstarter to crowdfund this particular anthology, as a test case, and to fund something that might have had a much harder time coming into being through the traditional commissioning route, even with her backing. The business of publishing is rapidly changing. It’s always been hard to sell non-themed anthologies, but in today’s publishing climate, it’s especially difficult. This project is close to my heart, which is why I’ve decided to appeal to...

Weekend Roundup: Smartphone remains king. First digital plateau and more
May 18, 2014 | 12:12 pm

smartphoneThe First Digital Plateau (Dear Author) From all the reports, it appears that digital book adoption has reached a small plateau. *** Why Used eBooks Still Have Not Happened (GoodeReader) The first sale doctrine allows owners of copies of copyrighted works, such as used books, CDs, and DVDs to resell their copies without restriction. Sadly this not really really apply to audiobooks and eBooks. *** In a Connected World, the Smartphone Remains King (GigaOM) Even as wearables and connected environments gain popularity, smartphones will play an increasingly important role in people’s lives. Fjord CEO Olof Schybergson explains why the smartphone is not going away anytime soon. *** Publishing...

(Nearly) completely open laptop project launches crowdfunded production run
April 3, 2014 | 3:16 am

novena-1068_pledge-bodyIn January, I covered the hardware hackers who had created a design to build a completely open laptop computer from scratch—including designing and building their own custom circuit boards. It didn’t look terribly pretty, and it wasn’t cheap, but the designs were completely open and publicly available to all. They were planning to crowdfund the design and production of a more-streamlined version. At the time, I wondered what the crowdfunded version of the laptop would end up costing. Now we know. Wired reports that the campaign is ready to launch, and these custom machines are anything but cheap. You can purchase...

Inkshares: Just another hybrid model or a new way forward?
February 28, 2014 | 4:44 pm

inksharesWith writers and publishing pundits of all kinds advocating mix-and-match pick-the-best approaches to getting your work published, another new hybrid platform may - or may not - offer interest and potential to authors, and lessons to traditional publishers. Inkshares, which claims that "we're building a new publishing ecosystem that connects authors and readers," works with a simple model, which it demonstrates through some smart pieces of layout: "Authors pitch, the crowd funds, we publish." "Inkshares is a crowd-driven publisher," the site's blurb continues. "Our goal is to connect writers with readers and provide a flexible set of developmental and marketing resources....

Unglue.it launches campaign for ‘Lagos_2060’ e-book with new ‘Buy-to-Unglue’ model
January 20, 2014 | 6:20 pm

I just received a press release from Eric Hellman of Unglue.it, the crowdfunding-to-release-free site for e-books. The release announces that Unglue.it is trying a slightly different model for its latest book release. Instead of seeking pledges and releasing the book when it reaches that amount, the site is trying a model called “Buy-to-Unglue,” in which e-book purchases are the crowdfunding mechanism. “Every ebook downloaded comes with a future dated Creative Commons license,” the press release states. “Each purchase brings that Creative Commons effective date, the date the ebook becomes free to everyone, closer to the present.” The...

For one author with bipolar disorder and PTSD, self-publishing was the ultimate therapy
August 20, 2013 | 4:14 pm

Roni Askey-DoranBy Roni Askey-Doran When I decided to write a book called "I'm Bipolar And I Know It," documenting my experiences with bipolar disorder and PTSD over four decades, I knew I would instantly be smeared with the unflattering “crazy” label by countless people who fear things they don't understand.  Taking seemingly insane risks, however, is not new to me. I've done that my whole life, from leaping off cliffs while attached to a flimsy piece of silk connected to bits of string in a sport known as paragliding, to publishing a satire magazine called Istanbullshit in the middle of an emerging Islamic democracy. In these...

Kickstarter reacts too late to stop offensive ‘seduction guide’ from funding
June 22, 2013 | 11:45 am

Self-publishing can tend to attract sleaze (as Amazon could attest after having distributed not one but at least two different self-published pedophilia guides), and it is sometimes tricky for a self-publishing distributor or enabler to keep track of everything it’s allowing. The latest business to find this out is Kickstarter, whose automated crowdfunding campaigns have made it something of a self-publishing darling lately. It started when comedian Casey Malone noticed and blogged about a nearly-complete Kickstarter program aimed at producing a “seduction guide,” using material gathered from this reddit thread. The guide offers men advice on getting women to...

Unglue.it teams up with academic publisher De Gruyter
April 5, 2013 | 4:47 pm

Unglue.itIt's been a little while since we've had any interesting news to share about Unglue.it, the online service provider that uses a crowdfunding method to obtain the copyrights of certain e-books, which are then made freely available to anyone—or any institution, for that matter, including libraries—interested in downloading a copy. (Unglue.it users participate by donating a financial amount of their choosing to a particular title being offered by the Unglue.it platform; if the minimum funding amount is achieved, the publisher releases the book under Creative Commons license CC-BY-NC-ND.) [caption id="attachment_82693" align="alignright" width="194"] Gluejar CEO Eric Hellman[/caption] * * * Here at TeleRead, we've long...

Cheap LCD tablets approaching reality
November 9, 2012 | 9:15 pm

zeepadIt can be risky looking for a cheap tablet—as a woman found out when she paid $200 at a gas station for what she thought was an $830 iPad but turned out to be a rewrapped mirror. (Hint: if someone offers to sell you a 75%-off iPad at a gas station, there’s probably something suspicious going on.) But not all cheap tablets are necessarily bogus. Today a coworker told me that she paid $70 each on eBay for two brand new 7” 4-gig capacitive-touchscreen Android 4.0 tablets called ZeePads and was very happy with them. Curious, I went looking...