View Full Version : Different publishing model (?)

Ton Lew Lepsnaci
04-22-2012, 03:47 PM
I found a book by Unbound for sale in Waterstones and was intruiged by their publishing model (http://unbound.co.uk/). They seem to merge "traditional publishing" with online-commitment-to-the-book-gauging (in terms of hard cash pre-commitment by readers). It piqued my interest. Are there other such models emerging? Perhaps this has been discussed before.

04-22-2012, 07:46 PM
Some authors have done Kickstarter campaigns to get an "advance" from their fans so they can afford to write and put out a book without the support of a publisher. That's a similar idea, isn't it?

04-22-2012, 07:56 PM
I know a group of seasoned fantasy and sf writers who are doing this with an anthology called 'Tales of the Emerald Serpent'"


It will be interesting to see how things work out.

04-22-2012, 08:44 PM
I don't know anything about unbound other than what I just saw on the website, but Kickstarter appears to be becoming the go-to place for any type of crowdsourcing funding of just about any type of project. I've seen a couple of sites that do this for musical acts, sellaband.com and akamusic.com, but there are musical acts on Kickstarter and I suspect Kickstarter has a better reputation, better promotion, and people are more successful on Kickstarter than on area-specific crowdfunding sites. I could be wrong, but it seems like all the online talk is about Kickstarter and the projects on it.