LendInk, the ebook lending site that was targeted by a group of authors earlier this month, has launched a crowdfunding campaign that aims to raise money for a relaunch. The site aims to raise $10,000 in total, to cover legal fees ($3,000), hosting costs ($1,000) and a redesign ($6,000). The campaign is only a few hours old but, at the time of writing, has already raised $148.
According to the campaign’s Fundrazr page, when LendInk returns it will have some new features, including a Book of the Week feature and a Meet the Author spotlight section. There will also be an attempt to better explain the site and ensure that readers and authors understand how it works.
LendInk was a popular site that facilitated legitimate lending of ebooks, but was targeted by a group of authors who mistook it for a piracy site. The problem seems to have been caused by authors who didn’t realise that they had signed agreements with Amazon and Barnes & Noble that permitted legitimate (and limited) lending of their titles between readers.