Monday, March 24, 2014

Crowdsourcing Edgar Allan Poe


 

These are images from an anthology of material by and about Edgar Allan Poe called Ravings of Love & Death, including two poems, six stories and an illustrated biography of Poe to be published in both English and Spanish this year by Play Attitude, a small publisher based in Barcelona. The illustrator has been working on the project for two years, the design work is all complete and the book even has a soundtrack available digitally and also on vinyl... All that is going to be made a reality if the crowds of the crowdfunding world agree that they would like to see it done!

I have enjoyed taking part in a number of crowdsourced book productions in the last few months and, I'll be honest, some of the results have been brilliant, others a little disappointing. It is, however, a great way to add books to your shelves that you really feel invested in and often, because of the rewards involved in providing funding like this, to have some really scarce bits and pieces to go along with them. You can never guarantee just how successful or not any given project is going to be but when a press release for this one was dropped into my inbox I thought it has all the tell-tale signs of something that's going to be amazing: The illustrator, designer and yes, the composer all have an established track record and there is plenty at the Kickstarter page to show you what you are signing up for.

And who can resist a book which is produced in an Insane Edition, a Perverseness Edition and a Grotesque Exclusive edition of just seven copies.

If you think it might be something that would appeal to you, click here to be taken to the Kickstarter page for the project.

You can follow the project on Twitter here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Really interesting, thanks​!​

I think that you would be really interested in some of the most cutting-edge research that I have come across explaining crowds, open innovation, and citizen science.​

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=1919614

And you may also enjoy this blog about the same too:
https://thecrowdsociety.jux.com/

Powerful stuff, no?

 
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