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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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