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(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.... 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, the crowdfunding-to-release-free site for e-books. The release announces that 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... 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, 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. ( users participate by donating a financial amount of their choosing to a particular title being offered by the 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... relaunches with five campaigns
October 15, 2012 | 6:59 pm

I got an email this morning indicating that Creative Commons book crowdsourcing site is relaunching with a new payment processor and several new ungluing campaigns. first launched a few months ago with the goal of collecting donations to put toward “ungluing” copyrighted books—that is, buying the right to release them as e-books with permissive CC licenses. The site had one immediate success, which it recently made good on releasing. However, most of its other campaigns barely got off the ground, and more recently Amazon ceased processing its payments due to concerns over the way’s campaigns were structured. Per the email,’s...

Unbound is crowdfunding site exclusively for books
June 23, 2012 | 7:15 pm

Screen shot 2011 05 31 at 10 44 20 AM  MakeUseOf has a post discussing how to use UK-based crowdfunding site Unbound, which represents itself as a Kickstarter exclusively for books. The site acts as both a fundraider and a publishing house all in one, allowing you to get people to fund your project and then to publish it in one convenient location.  We've mentioned Unbound a few times before, such as here, and we've talked about Kickstarter a lot lately. It's good that there are more funding options for people who want to get their books or e-books published. What this article doesn't make clear is why people would want to...

Seth Godin book Kickstarter reaches goal in 3.5 hours, keeps going
June 18, 2012 | 10:29 pm

Seems like everybody’s Kickstarting these days. paidContent has a story on a Kickstarter Seth Godin launched for his latest book, with a goal of $40,000 that it blew past in 3.5 hours. Just goes to show you why Godin is one of the gurus of modern marketing, I suppose. It’s already over $150,000 when I checked it just now, and has 28 days to go. It’ll almost certainly have broken six figures by then. One thing I will point out, though, is that the only e-book edition of the book included is a “digital preview” at the $4 level that you...

Crowdfunded novel The Express Diaries surpasses goal, makes deluxe edition possible
May 20, 2012 | 7:15 pm

theexpdia-cover-finalOn his blog “Get Published Now, David J. Vallieres looks at a Kickstarter-style crowdfunding project based around a small-press-published historical horror novel called The Express Diaries, with a goal of $5,500. The idea was to get paid to create a deluxe edition of the book before it even shipped, and also create some buzz so that their regular self-published edition would get a good sales boost at the outset. It seems to be working well: As of this minute they have raised a total of $7,195 for this project. By my count they have promised delivery... launches with five book-freeing campaigns
May 17, 2012 | 12:00 pm

I found a press release in my mailbox this morning about the launch of Eric Hellman’s crowd-funded Creative Commons republishing initiative for copyrighted works, (which we’ve mentioned a few times already here). The site has officially launched just now, with campaigns for the following five books: Michael Laser, 6-321 Joseph Nassise, Riverwatch Nancy Rawles, Love Like Gumbo Budding Reader, Cat and Rat Open Book Publishers, Oral Literature in Africa, by Ruth Finnegan. The...