What is Kickstarter?
What is IndieGoGo?
Since we're only reporting from the Kickstarter and IndieGoGo lines twice weekly, there are way too many projects to post. So we're just choosing our favorites and bringing you those. How do we decide?
1) First and foremost, the book has to be interesting one way or another. Rest assured, we read through all the little descriptions to find out exactly what each project is about.
2) The book has to be published as an e-book. The Unbound Underground is mostly about e-books, so looking for e-book projects seems logical. Granted, we've broken this rule in the past but only for a super-interesting history of the blues. We have a soft spot for the blues.
3) Supporters of any project have to be able to get a copy of the e-book for at least what they would pay after it is published. Maybe that sounds complicated, but shelling out $10 or $20 to help a person publish their book while still having to pay for the book when it comes out seems...just kinda lame. For the regular cost of the e-book, supporters get a copy of it, maybe even get it early, or get it cheaper than if they wait until after release. So giving a small donation is like buying the e-book in advance. If supporters donate more than the release price of the book, then they get some cool swag to go along with it: buttons or posters or downloads or previous books, or stuff that's only available through donating to the Kickstarter project.
People who are offering their undying gratitude for $25 are a little...let's call it...optimistic. Here at the Unbound Underground, we like to think of Kickstarter as a way to connect with people who are interested in future e-books, a way of building a fan-base. So we'll only recommend authors who seem to share that perspective, and at least give supporters a copy of the book for a decent price, and maybe some other cool stuff too.