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Go Read This | Graphic Novelist Alex de Campi Uses Kickstarter to Sell Print, Film and Foreign Rights | Publishing Perspectives

I rather like this idea, I really do:

Crowdsourcing the funding to self-publish books isn’t a new idea. Kickstarter got the trend going more than a year ago, Unbound took it a step further (just to name two examples). But how about using a service like Kickstarter to sell print, translation and film rights — as well as to secure bricks-and-mortar retail distribution? Author Alex de Campi and illustrator Jimmy Broxton are doing just that. Using Kickstarter as a platform, the duo seeks to raise $27,000 over the next two months to fund production of their latest project, a futuristic dystopian graphic novel called Ashes.

via Graphic Novelist Alex de Campi Uses Kickstarter to Sell Print, Film and Foreign Rights | Publishing Perspectives.

Links of Interest (At Least to Me)

Eoin Purcell

Macmillan Launches Lovelybooks.com (great name) a site for book lovers which to me seems like simply a new Librarything.com but what do I know. I am beginning to fear a series of walled book gardens with valuable data locked behind walls of different services. Seems a shameful waste of potential. Speaking of social book sites Publishers Weekly has a wonderful review of US sites.
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Comics online. DC Comics is launching a new online and off-line imprint for comics zudacomics.com. From The Bookseller:

The site will accept submissions from the public and viewers can vote on their favorite comics, whose authors will then be offered a year-long contract for web comics and will have their work published in print as well.

“There is an explosion of creativity in web comics,” said Paul Levitz, president and publisher of DC Comics, in a statement. “We want to build a great stage for this new generation of creators to perform on, a solid system for their work to reach audiences online and in print, and for the creators to share in the profits their creations can generate.” DC Comics will pay all winners, including up to six “instant winners” per year, for their work.

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And of course, I forgot to link to this announcement by google:

Whenever you find an out-of-copyright book in our index, you’ll see a “View plain text” link, which lets anyone access the text layer of the book. As Dr. T.V. Raman explains on the main Google blog, this opens the book to adaptive technologies such as screen readers and Braille display, allowing visually impaired users to read these books just as easily as users with sight.

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Fearing gardens and walls
Eoin