Pubslush is a new social networking site for readers and writers. It works is like a combination of free sample chapters and Kickstarter for books — readers can sample a chapter of a book and if they want to purchase it, they can “fund” the project. The project only gets published, if it meets a minimum funding requirement (like Kickstarter, donors aren’t charged until the project is funded).
To participate, authors can submit ten pages and a summary of their book to be listed on the site. Readers can browse these submissions based on their preferences. Here is more from the site: “Our goal is to create a sort of online global book club, marked by respect, raw creativity, and conscious consumerism.”
There is also a charity element to the site. For every book sold, Pubslush will donate a book to a child in need.