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Ryan Hoover
Ryan HooverHunterPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
To be honest, I'm skeptical of Kickstarter platforms for specific verticals -- very hard to compete unless your service provides unique functionality tailored to that medium/content/audience. That said, it's an interesting movement and I'm curious to hear of other "Kickstarter for X" markets.
Ben Yoskovitz
Ben Yoskovitz@byosko · Entrepreneur, investor & author
Anything in the book publishing space is challenging. It's just such a messed up industry. I'm not sure if the Kickstarter style model is the right one for books, I'm not sure most authors have a $$ goal in mind for creating the book in the first place. But I do think collecting pre-orders makes a ton of sense as validation before writing a book. If I was to write another book (and I'd be hard pressed to do it, trust me!) I'd take the pre-order approach. But I'd probably just put up a landing page and use Gumroad. I have an existing audience that I'd target (assuming the book was similar to what I've written in the past), which makes that easier. So pre-orders as validation and for testing = tons of sense. Kickstarter for books sounds cool, not sure it'll work. But any disruption in the book publishing space is good in my mind, just to shake publishers up.
Ryan Hoover
Ryan HooverHunterPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
@byosko - agreed. Gumroad is a great solution for authors -- simple and useful. For many writers, blogging is the "kickstarter.". @nireyal has clearly validated interest in his writing, acquiring several thousand email subscribers in preparation for his upcoming book.