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 [...]

Weekend Links: New publishing manifesto. Fatal flaws of Kickstarter campaigns

By Joanna Cabot
November 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

New 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 [...]

Library A to Z shows how to crowdfund library advocacy

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

Can Flio save your reading angle?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

Morning Links: Do you still use your tablet. Should Facebook offer “Pay for Privacy?”

By Joanna Cabot
November 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

Why 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 [...]

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 [...]

Morning Roundup: Stephen King on writing. NYT revamps best sellers list

By Joanna Cabot
September 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

Four 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. [...]

UK childrens’ storytelling app Story Box seeks Kickstarter support

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

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, [...]

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. [...]

Evil Hat Kickstarts Designers & Dragons, a four-volume history of role-playing games

By Chris Meadows
August 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

Here’s an intriguing Kickstarter from Evil Hat Productions, the folks who ran a highly successful KS for pulp tie-in novels to their Spirit of the Century game, and several other Kickstarters besides. This one is for a four-volume history of role-playing games entitled Designers & Dragons. [...]

Get Qwerky with the retro keyboard of your dreams

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 15, 2014 // 1 Comment

Retro tech buffs, steampunk fans, or veteran writers nostalgic for the days of the mechanical typewriter may all soon be in luck thanks to a highly successful Kickstarter campaign for “an 84 key, USB, Bluetooth-enabled, typewriter-inspired mechanical keyboard that simulates a tactile clicky [...]

Morning Roundup: New art project aimed at book lovers. Lovecraft-inspired collection on Kickstarter

By Joanna Cabot
July 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

Smashwords CEO on Why He Supports Hachette Against Amazon (Digital Book World) Mark Coker, the CEO of self-publishing distribution business Smashwords and an indie author himself, is rooting for Hachette in its current business dispute with Amazon. *** London Unveils New Public Art Project Aimed at [...]

Morning Roundup: Copyright wars harmed privacy. Reading Rainbow nearly 5M on Kickstarter

By Joanna Cabot
July 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

Amazon Promotes Hachette Title as “Best Book of the Month”, Won’t Let You Pre-Order it (The Digital Reader) Publishers Lunch noticed this morning that one of Amazon recommended titles for the month of July can’t actually be bought from Amazon. *** Nobody Cares About the Future of the [...]

Has Patreon brought writer patronage into the Kickstarter era?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 25, 2014 // 2 Comments

A new online funding platform called Patreon invites its users to “Be a Patron of the Arts” and “Support and engage with the creators you love.” Targeting all forms of creativity, including scientists and educationalists as well as practitioners of the arts, Patreon offers a [...]

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