Crowdfunded book publishing via Inkshares

I may be the last to catch onto this, but I’ve just happened upon a great website called Inkshares. They explain how it works below:

“Our process is simple: authors pitch, readers pre-order, and we publish. Any author can submit a proposal for a book. Once the project goes live, readers support the project by pre-ordering copies of the book. Readers are charged only when books hit their goal. Once the pre-order threshold is hit, we start publishing: we assign authors an editor, a designer, and we handle all aspects of printing, distribution, and marketing once the manuscript is finished.”

Their stats page is pretty interesting; as of 2:48am on Sunday 30th August 2015:

COPIES ORDERED: 57,558
BOOKSTORES: 193
BOOK PROJECTS: 2,650
FUNDED TITLES: 50
AUTHOR ROYALTIES: $115,879

That’s a lot of author royalties! It seems that a lot of Inkshares’ readers come from Facebook, which I was really surprised at. There are loads of projects I’d love to back but especially “Slothlove“: an inspirational sloth photobook: beautiful sloth photos, inspirational stories and interesting sloth facts. A 100-page art-and-photography book 🙂

Take a look at Inkshares’ website for more information 🙂

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