Kickstarter

Experienced project runner Marian Call offers sound Kickstarter advice

By Chris Meadows
September 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

A remarkable number of projects, including book and e-book projects, are financed via Kickstarter these days. It’s one of the most amazing new tools at any publisher’s disposal. But as with any powerful tool, it can be easy to misuse. Singer-songwriter Marian Call, an experienced Kickstarter [...]

Appreciating paper book design shouldn’t have to come at the expense of e-books

By Chris Meadows
August 17, 2015 // 2 Comments

How should you judge a book by its cover? And by its interior design, for that matter? That’s the question that Design Observer’s panel of judges has to consider in picking the winners of 50 Books / 50 Covers, an annual book design competition that has been held continuously for 92 years now. [...]

Sesame Street to premiere on HBO in new funding deal

By Chris Meadows
August 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sesame Street is going from a public thoroughfare to a toll road, so to speak. The show has entered a 5-year deal with HBO to provide funding in return for a 9-month period of exclusivity on new episodes. The episodes will air free on PBS after that period ends. This begins with the new season’s [...]

Another VAT MOSS casualty: Schlock Mercenary PDFs

By Chris Meadows
July 31, 2015 // 3 Comments

At Gen Con this evening, I got to spectate as Schlock Mercenary webcomic artist Howard Tayler and several other players took part in a playtest/demonstration session of the upcoming Planet Mercenary RPG. This RPG, financed by Kickstarter, lets players run a band of mercenaries adventuring in the [...]

TeleRead Links: E-books by phone and candle? Apple Siri and music hassles. Streaming vs. ripping.

By Chris Meadows
July 18, 2015 // 2 Comments

Indoor candle device is designed to keep phones charged (Phys.org) An emergency generator for your phone at time of power outages? That’s an offer in the form of a crowdfunded-campaign item called Candle Charger. It offers USB power when you need it, designed to keep phones souped up when the [...]

TeleRead Links: Phone battery tips, Microsoft goals, $30 Android PC, blog wisdom for authors, and more

By Chris Meadows
July 17, 2015 // 1 Comment

How to Make Your Phone Battery Last Longer (Reviewed.com) Though there’s a limit to how far any phone can stretch, battery life isn’t written in stone. How you use your phone and how you treat it determine not only much time you get on a charge, but also how long the battery itself [...]

Neil Young pulls all his music from streaming services

By Chris Meadows
July 15, 2015 // 4 Comments

Neil Young might be searching for a heart of gold, but as far as he’s concerned, streaming music services are for ears of tin. Today he announced via Facebook that “Streaming has ended for me”. He is pulling all his music from streaming services because streaming has “the worst quality in [...]

Independent publishing’s ‘Kickstarter moment’

By Chris Meadows
June 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

Publishing may finally be having its “Kickstarter moment.” That’s the opinion of writer John Biggs in the piece he posted to TechCrunch today. Biggs discusses how hard it has been for independent published works to get attention from the literary establishment. Then he points out that [...]

CHIP Kickstarter makes full-fledged computer available for $9

By Chris Meadows
June 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

We’ve seen our share of rock-bottom-priced computers in the last few years—the Arduino, the Raspberry Pi, Rhombus Tech. But a Kickstarter project due to end in just under two days may have them all beat. Touting itself as “the world’s first $9 computer,” the CHIP system-on-a-chip packs a [...]

For your Hugo consideration: Designers & Dragons

By Chris Meadows
January 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

Just a quick reminder: nominations for this year’s Hugo Awards are upon us, and if you signed up for last year’s (to get the entire Wheel of Time series that was included in the Hugo voter packet, for example) you’re eligible to nominate now. Nominations are open through March 10, and you can [...]

Successful TVTropes Kickstarter to fund site revamp enters final hours

By Chris Meadows
December 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

I 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 [...]

Connor Cochran rebuts Internet troll’s allegations over Conlan Press product delays

By Chris Meadows
December 8, 2014 // 6 Comments

Update (9/1/2015): The below story is a little out-of-date at this point, but not quite enough has come to light for a whole new post on the matter, so I’m updating this story for the sake of anyone who stumbles across it in Google. In the months that followed the publication of the original [...]

Soylent: The ‘e-book’ of food

By Chris Meadows
September 30, 2014 // 7 Comments

Remember 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 [...]

Designers & Dragons vol. 3 now available to Kickstarter backers

By Chris Meadows
August 28, 2014 // 2 Comments

A 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 [...]

Review: Designers & Dragons Vol. 1: The ‘70s

By Chris Meadows
August 8, 2014 // 1 Comment

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. [...]

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