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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...

Siva Cycle Atom is Pedal Power for Your Gadgets
April 26, 2013 | 3:15 pm

Siva Cycle AtomThis Kickstarter project has funded pretty quickly over the past couple of days, and I certainly expect it to overfund significantly before the campaign is over. The concept behind the Siva Cycle Atom is using a bicycle as a generator to power a battery pack, which can be used to charge electronic devices via USB. The Siva Cycle Atom is designed with top of the line magnetic rotors and powerful lithium batteries. As you ride, it harnesses the kinetic energy to directly charge a device or store the energy in a battery. The Atom is for the modern commuter cyclist, the urban biker, the...

Morning Links: How to Kickstart a publishing project
March 17, 2013 | 10:41 am

KickstartKickstart this book! What I learned about crowdsourced publishing (Paid Content) Amazon Announces Literary Imprints, Little A & Day One (HuffPo) The Jetbook Color 2 Shows Why Color E Ink Screens Are a Dead End (The Digital Reader) Kindle Daily Deals: Oliver Pötzsch's "Hangman's Daughter" series (all four for $0.99)...

Group looks to create Rabble Reads, an aggregated book review site for indie and traditional books
March 2, 2013 | 3:16 pm

RabbleBeing able to trust a book review on popular sites such as Amazon and Goodreads is getting difficult. These sites have fake reviews—some good and some bad—designed to work the system by raising and droping books in the rankings. Amy Holman Edelman and those at IndieReader are looking to help readers with this problem. They recently created a Kickstarter campaing to raise funds for Rabble Reads, a website with aggregated book reviews for both traditionally published and self-published books. (Think Rotten Tomatoes for readers.) [caption id="attachment_80523" align="alignright" width="176"] Amy Holman Edelman[/caption] “This site will help people to zero in and what’s good and what’s not,” says Holman Edelman, of Montclair, N.J....

Meet The People’s E-Book … and join the artist e-book revolution!
February 8, 2013 | 12:00 pm

Regardless of the fact that I've been covering the digital publishing beat for the past six months or so, my journalism career actually has its origins in the decidedly low-tech world of DIY independent publishing. (I got my start, believe it or not, by reviewing records for a New York City-area punk-rock fanzine when I was still in high school. Thanks Jim!) So I was quite naturally excited when I opened an email the other day from one Greg Albers, the publisher of Hol Art Books, a small press dedicated to the visual arts and digital publishing. Albers was reaching out to bring me...

E Ink Pebble Watch Ships Today!
January 23, 2013 | 12:49 pm

If you follow TeleRead regularly, you may know that aside from recently developed something of an obsession for the new smart watch trend, we're always fascinated by nearly any product that incorporates the technology of the E Ink Corporation into its design. Well ... remember the Kickstarted e-paper Pebble wrist watch? As promised, the company, Pebble Technology, announced Wednesday that they will begin shipping Pebble watches today, Wednesday, January 23. Although backers should be receiving their Pebbles in the mail shortly, the company has a few cautionary messages to announce. Listed as published on the Pebble blog, they are as follows: Notes: ♦ Pebble iOS App is not...

At CES, an E Ink Watch Raises $200,000 in Two Days
January 16, 2013 | 11:16 am

Most of you met the newest addition to the TeleRead team, the reporter and author Juli Monroe, when we published her introductory post a couple days back. (If you missed it, click here to give it a look.) But last weekend, we republished an article of Juli's about E Ink readers that was originally written for one of our sister sites, GadgeTell. Juli's piece was essentially a defense of dedicated E Ink e-readers; she made it quite clear that she doesn't put much stock into the recent chatter that, due to the rise in popularity of tablet computers, E Ink e-readers...

Morning Links — Stories you may have missed
January 1, 2013 | 8:54 am

Does Kickstarter Work as a Platform for Books? (Good E-Reader) Apple to Lauch iBookstore in Japan in January 2013 (The Digital Reader) Ohio Man Calls Police When Amazon Package Arrives (Huffington Post) Kindle Daily Deals: Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain; The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan; and others * * *    ...

Is Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore the first novel for the TeleRead generation?
October 13, 2012 | 12:23 pm

Robin Sloan Kickstarter Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore"'Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore' is a story about a young man who loses his job as part of the Great Recession of the early part of the 21st century, and gets a new one working a night-shift at a 24-hour bookstore in San Francisco. He quickly discovers that there's much more than meets the eye to this store. And before long, he's criss-crossing the country and enlisting all his friends in the quest to hack the code behind this mysterious place. "I actually wrote this book for myself—or for people like me—because I was tired of people asking the question, 'Books, or cool digital...

Eric Hellman of on e-books, the creative commons, passionate authors and life after Amazon
October 3, 2012 | 4:49 pm

Eric HellmanBy Brian Howard A few weeks ago, crowdfunding platform announced the release of its first e-book, Oral Literature in Africa, via Cambridge's Open Book Publishers. While the scholarly tome by Ruth H. Finnegan likely didn’t set the publishing world ablaze upon its initial publication in 1970, and its e-book release in 2012 didn’t unseat any bestsellers, its return to "print” after more than a decade is cause for celebration. More good books in the public domain is always a good thing. This is the raison d’etre of, a small company that seeks to reward rights holders who make their works available as e-books...

Singularity & Co. Opens a Bookshop in Brooklyn
September 2, 2012 | 9:35 pm

Back in March, we brought you the story of Singularity & Co., a four-person team obsessed with obscure science fiction novels, and "aimed at purchasing [the] publishing rights to out-of-print classic SF titles, scanning them, and publishing them as e-books," as former TeleRead reporter Chris Meadows wrote. The group has since opened a brick-and-mortar bookstore in Brooklyn's DUMBO neighborhood—a grand opening celebration was held on August 9—where vintage sci-fi and fantasy paperbacks are organized chronologically. Singularity & Co. has also completed its first two e-book publishing projects: Robert Cromie's A Plunge Into Space (first published in 1890) and the 1948 novel The Torch, by Jack Bechdolt. According to Wired, the company's...

Penny Arcade webcomic runs Kickstarter to remove advertising
July 19, 2012 | 10:15 pm

penny_arcade_logoGalleyCat has a piece about a Kickstarter campaign that originally came to my attention a week ago from my friend Eric A. Burns’s blog Websnark. This campaign, founded by Gabe and Tycho, the artists behind popular gaming culture comic strip Penny Arcade, aims to raise as much money as it can in order to allow the site to remove ads. The site has a number of graduated stretch goals, involving removal of some or all ads from the front page, or even (at $999,999) removal of all ads everywhere on the site for a year. There are a number of...