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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: ...

Morning Roundup: Bad News for Nook, End of Tabloids? and more
January 13, 2014 | 8:37 am

NookNook Sales Nosedive (Digital Book World) There’s no sugarcoating it: Nook took a big hit over this past holiday season. *** The End of Tabloid Papers and the New Quest for Media Responsibility (GigaOM) Tabloid newspapers have long used their powerful cover to influence and intimidate. Their looming disappearance raises interesting questions about what counts as highbrow and lowbrow media these days. *** Kickstarter is Cool (and Probably Not for Me) (John Scalzi) In many ways it would seem I’d be a prime candidate to do a Kickstarter. I don’t see one in my near future, however, save possibly one in which I have a cameo role...

Dustcloud brings virtual assassination to the digital age
January 9, 2014 | 10:23 am

dustcloudEverything’s better with smartphones. Reading, navigating, playing silly games…and possibly, that might soon include laser tag. Yesterday I found out about a game called Dustcloud, which is undergoing a Kickstarter right now that wants to combine laser tag, the game of “Assassin” (often played with water guns or paintball pistols), GPS, and social networking, for a geolocation-based game you play anywhere, on the spur of the moment, with total strangers. It’s been getting some good buzz from news sites such as Engadget, Re/code, and Time. It looks exciting, and I’ve gone ahead and kicked in for it, but I must...

‘Steam in the Willows’ all smoke, no fire?
December 5, 2013 | 3:26 pm

steam-in-willowsRan across this Kickstarter project on GalleyCat. Australian writer Krista Brennan is raising money for “Steam in the Willows,” a “steampunk version” of the classic Kenneth Grahame novel The Wind in the Willows. It will be published in PDF, print, and (if a stretch goal is met) audiobook editions. Since the original book is in the public domain, people can of course publish or self-publish any version of it they like, and Brennan will be doing just that. Her project has successfully met its AU$6,600 goal (about US$5,985 at current exchange rates) with a week to go in the Kickstarter....

Seattle food writer, Matthew Amster-Burton, turns his taste buds to Tokyo
November 15, 2013 | 2:51 pm

Matthew Amster-BurtonMatthew Amster-Burton did something a lot of writers eyeing the ebook market would like to do but don't know how or even how to start. Amster-Burton did know how, and not only did he make a pretty good start, using Kickstarter to fund his travels and the publication of his story, he ended up writing a pretty good "ichiban" number one foodie guide to Tokyo. The book, titled "Pretty Good Number One: an Amerian family eats Tokyo," is also available online as a paperback, but Amster-Burton has decided not to publish the book with a major house, opting to keep control...

GenCon 2013 Interview: Phil Reed, COO of Steve Jackson Games
October 6, 2013 | 5:00 pm

GEDC1300I last spoke to Phil Reed, COO of Steve Jackson Games, at GenCon in 2011. We discussed e23, Steve Jackson Games’s DRM-free PDF e-book store, which had expanded far beyond its original intended goals of just republishing out-of-print stuff to publishing in-print stuff at the same time as or even before it came out in print. I caught up with him again at GenCon 2013 for another brief interview. We touched on e23’s ongoing success, but Reed had more to say on the subject of Kickstarters—something that was on the minds of a number of other writers and industry...

Kickstarter for In The Dark: Horror Anthology
September 26, 2013 | 1:38 pm

I just backed my first Kickstarter, and I thought some of you might be interested as well. The project is a fully illustrated horror anthology, In the Dark, and it's got some great names: Brian Keene, F Paul Wilson, Rachel Deering and many more. It's 250 pages of spine-chilling goodness, with 20 original stories. They are trying to raise $30,000 by Halloween, and in about a day, they've raised over $8,000. Some of the cool reward levels are already gone, but there are still some good ones left, like a 9x12 watercolor commission of a monster of your choosing by Thomas...