We managed to squeeze in a couple of minutes talking about Editia’s plans and founder + publisher Charlotte Harper’s 1978 Mr Men book before getting onto the serious business of debating latest issues in crowdfunding at the launch event at Gleebooks last week. See Charlotte’s welcome presentation on our YouTube channel here or click on the video screen below.
A small but enthusiastic crowd gathered at Gleebooks last Sunday (September 23) to celebrate the launch of Crowdfund it! and its publisher, Editia.
The highlight was the panel event, at which three of the founders/co-founders of Australia’s major crowdfunding platforms (Tom Dawkins of Startsomegood, Rick Chen of Pozible and Bryan Vadas of iPledg) took to the stage together for the first time – along with Crowdfund it! author Anna Maguire and successful crowdfunding campaigner Kate Toon – to discuss latest developments in the phenomenon.
The cupcakes were delicious.
Videos coming up shortly.
Editia and its first title, Crowdfund it!, made their Sydney Morning Herald debut today. SMH literary editor Susan Wyndham rang earlier this week to talk about what we’re up to. She’s right: Crowdfund it! is Zeitgeisty, and Anna Maguire is a digital expert. Wyndham was very encouraging when we spoke, and enthusiastic about her own work and role at Fairfax despite the recent round of redundancies. It’s great to see the SMH paying attention to digital start-ups (the item above ours is about another new publisher, Hampress.com).
If you were in any doubt as to the identity of Australia’s leading expert on crowdfunding, look no further than this video of Anna Maguire’s appearance on Business Today on ABC News 24 earlier today.
The program airs in Asia and the Pacific on the Australia Network as well as being broadcast live on News24 and ABC1, so the message is going global (appropriately, as the book is available the world over, of course).
Anna knows crowdfunding inside out and back to front, as readers of her book, Crowdfund it!, know already. She provides a brilliant overview of the phenomenon during the interview.
Editia is thrilled to be a part of Anna’s success.
We at Editia are also mighty impressed at her media performance. You’d think she was a television regular! Perhaps she will be after today.
We’ll be talking to the media about Editia’s books, events and plans in more detail soon, but here are our official launch press releases for starters …
Please click here to view the PDF of the press release for the launch of digital publishing start-up Editia.
Please click here to view the PDF of the official launch press release for Crowdfund it!
Please click here to view the PDF of the press release for the launch of the Editia Prize.
Crowdfund it! is now on Goodreads. If you’re a Goodreads user and you’ve read the book, please jump on and give it a review …
Add currently lonely Editia as a friend (www.goodreads.com/editia) too!
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is a great guide for those contemplating running a crowdfunding campaign, but also interesting reading for anyone who likes to keep up with developments in culture and technology. Disclaimer: I am its publisher! You can buy it for $AUD7 at http://editia.wpengine.com/books/crowdfund-it/
Don’t look now, but Editia is the lead story on the website for Bookseller + Publisher. OK, do look! How exciting! Please do read the full B+P exclusive by Eloise Keating here.
Then head on over to our bookstore and be one of the first to buy Crowdfund it! by Anna Maguire.
Sydney’s first ever ebook launch
Expert panellists on the latest in crowdfunding
Where: Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe NSW
When: 3.30pm for 4pm, September 23, 2012
Who: Anna Maguire, author, Crowdfund it!; Alan Crabbe, co-founder, Pozible; Tom Dawkins, co-founder, StartSomeGood; Bryan Vadas, co-founder, iPledg; writer and successful Pozible campaigner Kate Toon; Charlotte Harper, founder and publisher, Editia
What: Official launch of Editia, Crowdfund it! and expert panel discussion on the latest developments in crowdfunding
RSVP: Essential, please call Gleebooks on 02 9660 2333
Gleebooks is playing host to an afternoon tea event on September 23 to mark the arrival of specialist short non-fiction digital start-up Editia on the publishing scene, and the launch of its first title, Anna Maguire’s Crowdfund it!
The September publication is a complete guide to crowdfunding featuring real insights from successful campaigns the world over. It covers creative projects, causes, social entrepreneurship, microfinance and business equity.
Crowdfunding enables a collective of individuals to pledge small amounts of money towards a common goal. Boosted by social media take-up, it is expected to nearly double 2011 takings and raise US$2.8 billion worldwide this year according to industry research group Massolution.
Sydney-based Maguire is a digital publishing consultant and blogger Her book focuses on 12 of the highest profile crowdfunding platforms, including Kickstarter, Pozible and ArtistShare. It features interviews with successful campaigners like star of British sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf Robert Llewellyn, who raised £21,000 to publish his novel News From Gardenia through Unbound.
At what will be the first ever Sydney bookstore launch event for an ebook, as opposed to a printed book with an associated digital edition, attendees will be able to purchase their own copy from Gleebooks’ Booki.sh-powered online store on the spot and start reading it on their smartphone or tablet right away.
Maguire will join a panel of experts, including Pozible co-founder Alan Crabbe, to discuss the latest developments in crowd funding.