E-publishing isn’t necessarily the most stable business, and proof of that comes in the form of a GoFundMe campaign by author, entrepreneur, and occasional TeleRead commenter Richard Dean Starr. Starr and his fiancée Erin Bower founded Eread Technologies, Inc., which owns ereading.com, ecomicbooks.com, ebookbarter.com, and a number of other sites.
Starr and Bower have been having a number of business setbacks and financial difficulties, and most recently have reached the point where they could be in danger of losing their home. They are asking for $5,000 via their GoFundMe campaign, which they promise to pay back when they can.
Looking through their domains, I see a lot of big ideas with “coming soon” notices on them, and a blog that hasn’t been updated since November. For all that I’m happy with how Amazon treats its customers, it’s nonetheless worth remembering that it can be very hard for a smaller business to get off the ground in an e-book market so thoroughly dominated by one company—especially if that business has had bad luck in partners.
I wish Starr and Bower the best of luck in recovering from their setbacks, and hope they’re able to keep a roof over their heads and get their business off the ground. Take a look at their campaign and their websites and see if you want to kick something in.