First off, have you been to http://gregstolze.com/fiction_library/ ? That's the heart of this: An online home for fiction that's been funded, released under a Creative Commons license and made available, in perpetuity, for free. So far, people have paid me to release about 68,000 words worth of fiction - about as much as a slender novel. Everyone with a NOOK reader can get at those goodies, as can anyone willing to read a PDF.
That is not, however, everyone. So, I'd like to convert those files into .mobi format for the people who use Amazon readers. Moreover, there are people who just like old-fashioned paper books. (I'm one of them - if the prices aren't sufficiently different, I'll buy something platform neutral and battery independent, which I can also lend out and use to start a fire if civilization collapses.)
$500 will pay for me to get a Kindle (so that I can make sure the files look right - they were perfect on my Kindle emulator but rubbish on a friend's device) and for my time as I scramble up the learning curve to convert the files. It also pays for my efforts preparing the book for print.
Back me and get free .mobis for the world. Back me enough and you can get a print copy, or one of the linocuts, or both.
Risks and challenges
The stories are all written, so the only element missing from the primary goal is "Greg's ability to convert them to .mobi and check them on a Kindle." I'm not primarily a layout guy, but I mastered .epub and PDF, and these are not difficult layouts, so that's a minor concern.
As for the premiums, the linocuts are made, and I've discarded the ones that looked crappy. The print books will be through Lulu.com, and I'll make sure to get one in my hands and examine it carefully before ordering any for anyone else.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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