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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,...

Morning Roundup: New art project aimed at book lovers. Lovecraft-inspired collection on Kickstarter
July 10, 2014 | 9:00 am

lovecraft Cthulhu plushieSmashwords CEO on Why He Supports Hachette Against Amazon (Digital Book World) Mark Coker, the CEO of self-publishing distribution business Smashwords and an indie author himself, is rooting for Hachette in its current business dispute with Amazon. *** London Unveils New Public Art Project Aimed at Book Lovers (GoodeReader) The streets of London are being transformed due to a new public art project that puts a priority on books. Books About Town is a new initiative that celebrates the city’s rich literary heritage. *** H.P. Lovecraft-Inspired Short Story Collection Featured on Kickstarter (GalleyCat) The 01 Publishing team hopes to raise $5,000 to produce print copies of the...

Morning Roundup: Copyright wars harmed privacy. Reading Rainbow nearly 5M on Kickstarter
July 2, 2014 | 9:00 am

reading rainbowAmazon Promotes Hachette Title as “Best Book of the Month”, Won’t Let You Pre-Order it (The Digital Reader) Publishers Lunch noticed this morning that one of Amazon recommended titles for the month of July can’t actually be bought from Amazon. *** Nobody Cares About the Future of the Internet (Boing Boing) Julia "Law Comics" Powles attended last week's ICANN meeting in London, an event that attracted less media attention than the launch of mobile app "Yo," but which was the setting for discussions that will shape the future that we and our children and grandchildren will inhabit. Powles has seen the writing on the...

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...

DECA: Salvation for journalists, inspiration for authors?
June 17, 2014 | 10:25 am

ShoresJournalists worldwide are facing pressure in fees and jobs as traditional newspapers struggle under the onslaught of blogging, whistleblowing, digital media, and other threats to their business models. One solution to preserve the journalists' independence, value, and bargaining power is DECA, "a new writers' collective for longform journalism," just launched, according to GigaOM, on the model of the historic Magnum photojournalists' collective. The platform has already passed its $15,000 goal on Kickstarter, and is on course for its stretch goals before fundraising closes. According to DECA's materials, "this group of established non-fiction authors collaborates to fund, edit and market deeply-reported, 10,000...

LeVar Burton discusses Reading Rainbow TV show cancelation, plans for Kickstarter
June 5, 2014 | 12:49 pm

The Reading Rainbow Kickstarter has reached about $3.5 million, and the velocity of increase has slowed considerably. I still think it has the potential to make 10 if it does well over the course of the month, especially when it gets the end-of-Kickstarter boost. But even if it makes its $5 million stretch goal, that will be something. LeVar Burton has been interviewed by Think Progress, and he took the opportunity to dispel a few rumors about why the show was canceled, and discuss how the show originally got started and how the money from the Kickstarter will be...

LeVar Burton launches Reading Rainbow Kickstarter, fully funds in less than twelve hours
May 28, 2014 | 8:55 pm

LeVar_RR_bio.largeTake a look, it’s in a book. The Verge ran a story today that LeVar Burton has launched a $1 million Kickstarter with the goal of bringing Reading Rainbow to the web, to reach kids across the globe. It’s already available for Android and iPad, but not all kids or schools have access to those devices, or the $60 per year the subscription costs. In addition to putting it on the web, Burton wants to create a version for teachers to use in the classroom, and to set up a not-for-profit organization to make it available for free to low-income schools. The...

Not fulfilling Kickstarter rewards can lead to court trouble
May 5, 2014 | 5:08 am

asylum Kickstarter has been a success for many people and companies looking to get capital for new projects. However, some campaigns don’t reach the intended goal, and still some reach the goal but get delayed in giving rewards. Yet, sometimes a campaign is funded and backers never get any money. So what happens? In the case of a playing card deck that did not get delivered, the Washington state attorney general has intervened. The campaign: Asylum playing cards were supposed to be printed on Bicycle paper stock. The cards were to be designed by Serbian artist Milan C. A pledge of $9 would get...

Lawrence & Wishart faces class war in Marx and Engels edition copyright clash
April 30, 2014 | 4:14 pm

MIAIndependent UK radical publisher Lawrence & Wishart has become the subject of a Change.org petition and a slew of online criticism over its decision to take its scholarly edition of the collected works of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels (MECW) off the Marxist Internet Archive, and out of the public domain. Currently the MIA hosts a notice on its front page, explaining the removal of the MECW and stating that it will continue to offer English translations of Marx and Engels from other sources. The Change.org primary message reads as follows: Allow the Marx-Engels Collected Works material to remain on the Marxist Internet...

GenCon 2013 Interview: M. Sechin Tower, Lead Developer at Exile Game Studio
April 15, 2014 | 9:00 pm

GEDC1287During GenCon 2013, I had the chance to speak with Sechin Tower, Lead Developer at Exile Game Studio and author of Mad Science Institute. I asked him about Exile’s use of Kickstarters for publishing its game products, and this is what he had to say. Me: Tell me what Exile’s been doing with Kickstarters. Sechin: Exile has been a recent comer to the Kickstarter market, but we’ve found it extremely useful to not only jumpstart a project that would take a little longer to get going, but to also get the word out and to give people a...

Assassination game Dustcloud closes its Kickstarter project, plans to relaunch in 30 days
January 25, 2014 | 3:00 am

30daysJust a brief update on an article from a couple of weeks ago: Dustcloud, the laser tag assassination game using short-range radio zap guns that link by Bluetooth to a smartphone, has decided to cancel its Kickstarter and relaunch in 30 days with some changes. The writing was pretty much on the wall: almost halfway through the 40 day period, it had only reached about $28,000 in pledges—just over 1/4 of its goal. As the Kickstarter progressed, they noticed a lot of reluctance around the idea of having to pay a nickel each for the virtual bullets (“speks”) for...

Story Surgeon: Copyright infringement or fair use?
January 23, 2014 | 2:34 pm

storysurgeonWriter Beware has an interesting post today linking to a Kickstarter for what WB’s Victoria Strauss calls “an app for copyright infringement.” The app is called “Story Surgeon,” is seeking $15,000, and the idea is that the app will let you create edits to an e-book, save the edits, and then share just the edits. Someone else can then take the same book and the same edits and “reconstitute” the edited book with that program. This is not exactly a new idea. We covered Chris Walters discussing the same basic idea slightly over two years ago: ...