Kickstarter Reports: $100M Has Been Pledged to Publishing Projects

Crowdfunding giant Kickstarter announced on Tuesday $100 million had been pledged to publishing projects since its debut in 2009. The  website confirmed:

Since we launched seven years ago, authors, publishers, book shops, poets, podcasters, and more have brought their creative projects to life with the generous support of the Kickstarter community.”

Kickstarter 3Kickstarter announced publishing statistics from April 28, 2009, to August 10, 2016:

  • Amount pledged: $100,000,000 
  • Projects launched: 33,009 
  • Projects successfully funded: 9,660 
  • Creators who have launched more than one successfully funded Publishing project: 608 
  • Successfully funded creators who have backed at least one other project: 6,414 
  • Number of backers: 1,226,438 
  • Number of countries those backers have come from: 211 
  • Number of times they have pledged to a project: 1,673,631 
  • Number of publishing projects supported by the backer who has pledged to more publishing projects than anyone else: 364

The funding portal noted:

“More than a million people from around the world have gotten behind over 30,000 Publishing projects on Kickstarter, helping nearly 10,000 of them come to life. This outpouring of support for the inspired ideas of creators committed to writing, storytelling, and culture is incredible. And the projects funded reflect the breadth and diversity of writers, readers, and storytellers around the world.”

Kickstarter then offered a break down the projects by sub-category:

  • KickstarterAcademic: 660 projects launched 
  • Anthologies: 231 projects launched 
  • Art Books: 2,103 projects launched 
  • Calendars: 198 projects launched 
  • Children’s Books: 5,349 projects launched 
  • Fiction: 8,009 projects launched 
  • Literary Journals: 195 projects launched 
  • Nonfiction: 7,170 projects launched 
  • Periodicals: 1,129 projects launched 
  • Poetry: 1,189 projects launched 
  • Publishing: 5,020 projects launched 
  • Radio & Podcasts: 778 projects launched 
  • Translations: 116 projects launched 
  • Young Adult: 607 projects launched 
  • Zines: 255 projects launched

Kickstarter went on to add that authors who used its crowdfunding platform have gone on to find lots of success, which includes making on the The New York Times Best Sellers list, making the NPR’s Annual list of Best Books, winning Locus Awards, World Fantasy Awards and also being picked up by publishers.


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