Writing can be vain. A large Dutch survey a couple of years ago turned out that 1 million Dutch write as a hobby, out of the total of 16 million inhabitants. One third of these hobby writers (300,000 people) would like to have a book published.
TenPages.com was launched in February 2010 as the first professional crowdfunding platform in the worldwide book publishing industry. The launch generated a surprising amount of media coverage in the Netherlands and the website became rapidly popular amongst Dutch writers and readers. During the first two years, 66 writers have managed to raise enough funds for publication and the first 35 books are in stores now, amongst which two are national bestsellers (Zo Zuidas and De urenfabriek).
Founded in 2010, the industry website, Crowdsourcing.org, is a neutral organization dedicated solely
to crowdsourcing and crowdfunding. As one of the most influential and credible authorities in the crowdsourcing space,
Crowdsourcing.org is recognized worldwide for its intellectual capital, crowdsourcing and crowdfunding
practice expertise and unbiased thought leadership.