Building The Book House

Kickstarter, a very popular crowd funding platform, has been around  since 2009 and has been a great way for artists, restaurateurs, inventors and more to recognize their dreams.  The platform encourages offering tangible incentives in exchange for pledges.

Last year one of my coworkers let the team know about a Kickstarter campaign his mom had started for her book store, The Book House, in St. Louis.  The community bookstore had been in the same old Victorian house for over 30 years but was being forced to move. Word spread throughout the community, to friends and family, and even made its way to the front page of Reddit and gained online support. The Kickstarter campaign raised a much needed $12,280 in order to help bring the new building up to code.

One of the pledge tiers included a grab bag of books of your selected genre.  I decided to make a donation myself and received this exciting grab bag of detective pulp:


Are there any current Kickstarter campaigns that interest you? Are there other donation platforms you’ve successfully used?


3 Responses to “Building The Book House”

  1. Lindesy S
    March 24, 2014 at 10:30 am #

    maybe Sears should start a crowd-funding platform.

  2. Beck
    March 24, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

    Patreon seems promising for ongoing funding for those making content regularly (webcomics, podcasts, etc.). It can be set so that funding is per-update or per-month with X or more updates. Then people can choose to fund some cash for every update or batch of updates made. It might mean a regular stream of income in areas where that’s been very hard to nail down previously.

  3. Sam
    March 27, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

    I’ve participated in a dozen or so kickstarter campaigns and about ten indiegogo projects, and I’ve only been burned once. As it matures, I think we’ll see this model permeate ecommerce.