So I had a brief discussion via twitter last week while on a trip to the south of Germany and only recently was back near real internet.
In the discussion I raised a point that there should be a way to use flattr to benefit authors, publishers etc. in terms of access to the secondhand market. While going through the problems one would face in order to add a flattr button on a book I thought why not google a little and see what databases are already available to the public in order to allow authors to collect flattr’s prior to actually getting an account on the flattr website or prior to getting to adding a button to their novel or publication. Continue reading
I am not quite sure I understand the api completely, but then again I am not a programmer. From what I understand though, I would like to propose the following:
- Flarbon – A carbon flat rate, where fans can choose to buy carbon certificates and give them to someone in order to become carbon neutral.
- Flaod – A food flat rate, where people buy rice and wheat and share it among NGOs and other help agencies.
- Flaesent – A flat rate for presents. Where people get a random present or maybe even an item on their Amazon wish list or some such.
You can probably come up with your own product. Allthough I have to say that I find Flarbon probably is the most feasible at the moment. Anybody want to help me set it up?
Flattr for those that do not know is a payment service of a unique kind. You share a fixed amount set by yourself between everybody you flattred during a running month. Flattr takes a 10% fee of the fixed amount, or 0.20$ for a donation for charitable causes etc.
As someone who has a plethora of books, novels, magazines quite a few of which are either 2nd or 3rd hand I think that flattr could help authors in a rather unique way. As it stands, currently authors usually do not earn any money from 2nd & 3rd hand sales of their works. If flattr got added to novel bibliophiles everywhere could still let their favourite authors know that they loved their books and appreciated their efforts.
When you follow this line of thought, quite a few things could be flattred DVDs, cds, designer clothing, but why stop there. While riding in the train a few days I had an idea to approach communities in Germany and ask them if they wanted money from guests and visitors to their city for free.
Just imagine visiting a piece of art (it could even be graffiti) and having a way of letting the artist know you appreciated their effort and skills.
Just imagine a well kept garden or park with a flattr qr button visible and accessabile to all allowing you to tip the groundskeeper or gardener. Or maybe a tshirt with a flattr qr code for staffers at events ? The sky is really the limit, seems strange that flattr seem to be the only people realising what a huge deal they actually are.
This is democratic appreciation. This is wonderful.
Let me know if I am completely off my box…