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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...

Weekend Links: Downsides of Kickstarter model for authors. Piracy an unknown with apps
January 11, 2015 | 11:23 am

kickstarterThe Downsides of the High Risk, Low Reward Kickstart Business Model (Dear Author) The problem with Kickstarters is multi-layered and it requires anyone who donates to understand a couple things. *** Piracy is Just as Much an Unknown With Apps As it is with Books (The Digital Reader) Book piracy has always been hard to quantify, but it turns out that is almost as true for apps. *** Authors Guild Gives Up Trying To Sue Libraries For Digitally Scanning Book Collection (Techdirt) The Authors Guild is basically giving up in this case, saying that should the libraries change their practices, it may want to revisit the...

Successful TVTropes Kickstarter to fund site revamp enters final hours
December 30, 2014 | 10:50 am

imageI noticed this very late—there are only about five hours remaining on the Kickstarter—but I’ve learned that TVTropes is running a modest Kickstarter to get funding to revamp its site and become even better. The Kickstarter has surpassed its $50,000 goal, and is just a few hundred dollars away from making its $100,000 stretch goal as I write this. A lot of pixels have been spilled about how Wikipedia exemplifies the impact of the digital revolution upon old media, being a form of encyclopedia that could never have been made without computers and networking. But so, too, is TVTropes....

Weekend Links: New publishing manifesto. Fatal flaws of Kickstarter campaigns
November 23, 2014 | 11:04 am

kickstarterNew Publishing? A Manifesto of Sorts (Dear Author) And yet this is a true fact: There are more readers than Walmarts. There are more readers than readers who walk into Walmarts. *** The Philippines Starts to Combat Book Piracy (GoodeReader) The Philippines has become rather serious at combating book piracy in schools and on the consumer level. They are doing this to attract major publishers from Europe and the United States. *** The Four Fatal Flaws of Failed Kickstarter Campaigns (GigaOM) But launching a crowdfunding campaign is no guarantee of success. I want to focus on the common failure points for Kickstarter campaigns, examine why promising startups...

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...

Can Flio save your reading angle?
November 18, 2014 | 6:25 pm

One of the types of tablet, ereader, or smartphone accessory that tends to become the focus of endless experimentation, trial and error, and questing for further improvement - at least for me - is stands. The perfect balance of portability, stability, viewing angle, is the kind of topic that tech geeks and OCD sufferers of all kinds - like me - can spend hours on. And now a new Kickstarter project, Flio, has come along that could offer the answer to at least some of my prayers. Flio, launched by Vlad Butucariu of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, promises to be "a collapsible laptop...

Morning Links: Do you still use your tablet. Should Facebook offer “Pay for Privacy?”
November 14, 2014 | 9:00 am

tabletWhy It's Time for Facebook to Offer a 'Pay for Privacy' Feature (GigaOM) Facebook’s privacy policies are back in the news again, and they reflect a major improvement — to the company’s PR strategy. Otherwise, it’s just the same old deal in which Facebook users agree to hand over more personal information in exchange for the right to use the service for free. *** Can Reading Local Cure my Amazon Addiction? (Book Riot) Here’s my confession. I buy 90% of my books from Amazon (gulp!), even as I diligently link to Indiebound.org on my blog to spur readers to shop indie. *** Do You Still Use...

Soylent: The ‘e-book’ of food
September 30, 2014 | 8:57 pm

IMG_20140923_171115341Remember how much resistance there used to be to e-books? You still see some of it, though it seems to be growing less and less pronounced over time. Seems like people worried that the presence of a new way of doing things like reading books would mean that the old way was destined for the trashbin of history, and they loved the smell of paper and ink and tactile feel of paper books too much to want to give that up. Well, happily, it looks like paper books are still going to be around for a good long while, no matter...

Morning Roundup: Stephen King on writing. NYT revamps best sellers list
September 12, 2014 | 9:00 am

best sellers listFour Not-to-be-Missed Bookish Kickstarters (Book Riot) When noteworthy Kickstarters pop up, we want to share them with you. This fascinating batch of book-related projects support an independent bookstore, an undiscovered photo archive, locavorism, and everyone’s favorite time killer: cat videos. *** How Stephen King Teaches Writing (The Atlantic) Looking back on his days in front of a high school classroom, the acclaimed writer shares his views on grammar and explains why discovering great literature is like losing one's virginity. *** New Dr. Seuss Stories Discovered (GalleyCat) Random House has just unearthed some lesser-known stories by the author and published them into a new volume called Horton and...

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...

Designers & Dragons vol. 3 now available to Kickstarter backers
August 28, 2014 | 10:54 pm

ddvol3A quick update on the Designers & Dragons Kickstarter, whose first volume I reviewed a few weeks ago. The second volume in the 4-volume series, covering the 1980s, has been available for a while to those (such as myself) who kicked in at least $15. Today, the ‘90s volume came out. The second and third volumes are PDF-only for now, since the EPUB and MOBI versions take time to craft, but they’re coming. The fourth volume will be released in a preliminary draft form without an index sometime before the Kickstarter completes. I haven’t had the chance to look...

Review: Designers & Dragons Vol. 1: The ‘70s
August 8, 2014 | 5:23 am

designdragon70s I’ve finished reading through the first volume of the RPG history from that Kickstarter I mentioned the other day, and I have to say that I’m very impressed. In fact, I plan on nominating it for the “Best Related Work” Hugo when the 2014 Hugo nominations come around. It’s just that good. As I explained in the last article, this history is split across four volumes, divided by decade. However, the decade only refers to the period in which the company was founded. The approach the book takes is to trace the history of each company from...