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Inkshares introduces Inkshares Credits to publishing crowdfunding system
March 23, 2015 | 10:25 am

I previously covered Inkshares, which purports to be "both a book publisher and crowdfunding platform," acting as  sort of bridge between the Smashwords style of self-publishing platform and the crowdfunding publication approaches that you see on Indiegogo and elsewhere. Now the platform has announced "a unique feature to both crowdfunding and publishing: Inkshares Credits—a rewards system that reinvests the sales success of books published back into the readers who made a book's publication possible." Inskhares explains: Inkshares Credits can be used to back a book project or purchase any book on the Inkshares platform. As a full-service publisher, any book project that...

Dreams from the Witch House closing for Women of Lovecraft
February 28, 2015 | 7:14 am

One of the most interesting crowdfunding projects currently out there in dark/horrid/weird fiction is just hours away from closing - 45 hours, at the time of writing. It's not a fundraising deadline - Dreams from the Witch House:  Female Voices of Lovecraftian Horror from Dark Regions Press has already blown past its $17,000 fundraising goal on Indiegogo with currently $23,233 on the clock and counting. Rather, this is a deadline for final submissions to the collection. "Creatures and forces unimaginable inhabited this realm for eons, long before any human navigated the surface of the earth," explains the Indiegogo blurb. "In Dreams...

Lightspeed supports Queers Destroy Science Fiction
February 7, 2015 | 2:25 pm

One of the latest crowdfunding projects in anthology publishing has just totally destroyed its funding goal. With nine days still on the clock at the time of writing, Lightspeed Magazine presents Queers Destroy Science Fiction has reached $34,866 pledged of the $5,000 goal in its Kickstarter campaign. Needless to say, its stretch goals have been blown open, and a great many backers are in line to receive a great deal. "Queers Destroy Science Fiction! is a special issue of the Hugo-winning magazine Lightspeed 100% written—and edited—by queer creators," explains the preamble. "Even in science fiction, supposedly the genre of limitless possibility, where everyone...

Jolla offers backers another swig of the Kool-Aid
February 1, 2015 | 12:23 pm

Finnish startup Jolla, creators of the Jolla Tablet, which garnered such great recognition - and funding - on Indiegogo a short while ago, has returned for another round of crowd funding, this time offering a 64GB version of the device and a larger battery. "After the successful first phase of our Indiegogo campaign in Nov-Dec last year, we’re now moved to the next phase, and continuing our campaign on Indiegogo at least until the end of February 2015," declares the official Jolla blog. "You now have the opportunity to contribute for the Jolla Tablet and secure your place among the first...

Kickstarter funds weird science for Lovecraft fans
January 11, 2015 | 3:26 pm

fanficFred Lubnow, a figure fairly well known in Lovecraftian horror writing circles and "freshwater ecologist with a very strong interest in H.P. Lovecraft," has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a project that builds on his work to date: Lovecraftian Science Volume 1. This expansion of the scientific basis of the work of this notoriously materialist writer currently stands at $945 out of its $3000 target. "Back in August 2013 I was fortunate enough to give a presentation at the NecronomiCon in Providence, RI," explains Lubnow. "My presentation was on the Biology of the Old Ones. I enjoyed giving the presentation and...

Groupees Lovecraftian Bundle showcases promo bundling for giving
January 9, 2015 | 4:25 pm

Groupees, the digital media distribution platform "designed to transform the digital media download experience into something FUN and SOCIAL tied to unique exclusive deals on music, games, and video," is showcasing a "Lovecraftian Bundle" that offers an object lesson in how to do a themed bundle of ebooks, games, and associated audio and video properties. And it happens to be in a good cause. "Pay What You Want ($1 minimum) for this creepy collection of H.P. Lovecraft-inspired games, music, and ebooks," the introduction explains. "Choose for part of your contribution to be donated to Freedom For Jen, to help a woman...

Lithuania sees campaign launch to restore banned LGBT book
December 1, 2014 | 2:19 pm

Lithuanians have started a campaign to restore a banned book, Gintarinė širdis (“Amber Heart”) by local author Neringa Dangvydė to circulation. which includes same-sex relationships and other LGBT themes, to circulation after its banning in May by the Lithuanian Office of the Inspector of Journalist Ethics. This happened after the Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences found the book to be "harmful, primitive and biased homosexual propaganda." Campaigners have started an Indiegogo fundraising drive targeting $1100 "to reprint the book and return it to society." As at the time of writing, $412 has already been raised, against a cutoff date of December...

Library A to Z shows how to crowdfund library advocacy
November 21, 2014 | 2:25 pm

One of the more heartening initiatives by advocates of the UK's library system in the face of devastating - and ideologically dictated - "austerity" cuts, is the Library A to Z, which "has created a visual A to Z celebrating the wide range of services, resources and facilities that make libraries so fantastic." The site contains: "materials, including illustrations, book, posters, cards and other advocacy materials that you are free to share and re-use,"as well as "links and information about what you can do to support libraries." But its own story is almost as important and encouraging as the resources...

UK childrens’ storytelling app Story Box seeks Kickstarter support
September 9, 2014 | 12:25 pm

UK game designer Simon Keating, "a designer in the games industry for 20 years" and creator of "the characters and stories for Croc : Legend Of The Gobbos" as well as "a multitude of other titles" is seeking Kickstarter support for his new project Story Box, "a fully interactive 3D experience engine for kids and their grown ups," as the introduction explains. "Users can read, play and create fun 3D interactive stories and learning experiences" in the app, built for iOS and Android, "for children (ages 3+) and grown ups." The outline continues: "Children have the space to play, create and discover using...

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...