Privacy Policy

We value your privacy. But we also need information to make Inkshares great.

The Basics

This page (the “ Privacy Policy”) explains how we collect, store, transfer, share, and otherwise use your personal information. By visiting or using the website, or by accessing or using other Inkshares domains, products, services, or content (the “ Service”), you (the “ User”) consent to the collection, storage, manipulation, transfer, disclosure, and other uses of your information as set forth in this Privacy Policy.

This Privacy Policy binds Inkshares. It doesn’t bind third parties not under our control, like Facebook or Twitter, even if you access them via Inkshares. So please read the privacy policies of these third parties. Neither does this Privacy Policy bind other users. So please exercise caution with respect to what information you furnish.

Some terms are capitalized on this page. Capitalized terms have the same meaning assigned to them in the Terms of Service.

If you have any questions or comments, please email us at

We Can Change These Terms

Inkshares reserves the right to change the Privacy Policy by amending this page. If we feel that these changes are material, we will notify you via email. Changes become effective as soon as they are posted. By continuing to use the Service, you agree to these changes.

What Information We Collect

We do not collect any of the following information: race or ethnic origin; political opinions; religious or philosophical beliefs; trade union memberships; genetic or biometric data; health or mortality; sex life or sexual orientation.

Registering. In order to begin a Project, publish an eventual Work, post Comments, or contribute to a Project, you must register and sign in. As part of the registering and sign-in process, you must provide us with your email address, password, and date of birth. If you sign in using a third-party service like Twitter, we collect information from that third party service, as you consented to in your agreement with them. This is further discussed below.

Transactions. In order to receive Funds, or in order to contribute Funds, you must provide your relevant bank-account or credit-card information. This information is stored with a third-party-payment-services provider not subject to this Privacy Policy. That service provider’s privacy policies are located here. However, while Inkshares will not store your financial information, it will store, and may relevantly use, information regarding the actual transaction (e.g. amount).

Content. Any Content posted to the site, including but not limited to Projects, Works, or Comments, will be collected and stored, and will be manipulated or transferred when necessary, by Inkshares. Importantly, as part of this, we may collect, store, manipulate, transfer, or use the metadata associated with any Content. This information is public, not private, and can be accessed by anyone, including search engines.

Emails. From time to time, we may need to correspond with you, for instance in order to notify you of a change to this Privacy Policy. You grant us the right to periodically, at our discretion, email you with updates, promotions, or any other materials. You may unsubscribe from these updates at any time. We collect, store, and use information arising out of this correspondence. These emails may include web beacons or tags. Emails are also disclosed so that authors can contact you about their projects, such as to thank you for your support.

Address. If you purchase a physical book, we ask you for your address and store your address so as to be able to deliver your book.

Selected financial transaction information. We do not store your full credit-card details; those are stored by an industry-standard payment provider. However, we do store industry-standard information (e.g. the the last four digits of your card number and expiration date) in order to effectuate the transaction via the payment provider.

Improving and Personalizing Your Experience. We collect and analyze data about you in order to personalize and improve our Services. This happens in multiple ways, but here are some examples. For instance, whether entered by you or imported from a third party, like Twitter or Facebook, we may collect, store, and use your personal information or contact lists. Similarly, we may collect, store, and use information about your web browser, IP Address, or location. As part of this, we may store your cookies, which allow us to understand when and how you use our services. We also collect and analyze data about how you use our site. This might include what types of things like you like to read, fund, share, or write. Again, our aim in all of this is to personalize and improve your experience.

We analyze your activity to help figure out what to recommend to you and also how and what to publish. Inkshares is a community of readers, writers, publishers, agents, and film and television producers. The goal of Inkshares is to help surface and develop talented authors and important works of fiction and nonfiction. In order to do this, we use and collect your information to help facilitate this goal. This includes what books you like, follow, or purchase, and what projects you don’t like, follow, or purchase. We use your information to make better recommendations on funding projects or funded book recommendations. We also use this information to understand whether, how, how much, who, and why a project or book is liked. This also gives us a “bird’s eye” view of the demographics of a book’s following, which in aggregate, is used to help us determine whether or not to publish a book and make decisions about how to edit and market a book. We also share this information with the producers and agents in our Properties system so that they can understand whether, how, how much, who, and why a project or book is liked in relation to their decision to license a work.

Do Not Track Signals. Please note that any "do not track" signals sent by your web browser or other mechanism have no effect on our collection of personally identifiable information. Such information is collected for our own use, including through third-party services such as Google Analytics and Mixpanel, so that we might continually improve your experience on Inkshares. Other parties, including those parties who perform data analytics for Inkshares, may collect personally identifiable information about your online activities when you visit Inkshares or use our Services. These third-party affiliates may have different policies with respect to "do not track" signals and Inkshares makes no representations with respect to these affiliates' policies.

Information Collected From, Or Shared With, Third Parties

We rely upon third parties who collect, store, manipulate, transfer, disclose, and otherwise use data as provided for in their own privacy policies.

Information collected from third parties. We collect, store, and otherwise use information collected from third parties. These may be third parties like Twitter, with whom you may sign in to Inkshares. While we do not collect or store your password from third-party service providers, we may receive or store tokens, which allow us to link your Inkshares account with the third-party service provider. This enables us to better personalize our Services and more easily share information between us and them.

Information shared with third parties. We also share information with third parties. Many of these third parties are service providers. They may be financial-services providers like Stripe, with whom we executed financial transactions. Similarly, we may rely upon third parties that help us analyze and improve our internal systems. We may share any of the information we collect in order to help these third parties improve our services and technologies.

We try to work with third parties who protect and respect your privacy. However, we still encourage you to read their relevant policies, listed below.

Google Analytics. We use Google Analytics to track anonymized session-level data to serve aggregate app-level analytics like bounce rate and retention.

Recombee. We use Recombee as a third-party recommendation service to make personalized recommendations for users. All data is anonymized and sent to Recombee in accordance with their API. We use as a data warehouse and pipeline to other trusted third-party analytics apps like Full Story and Intercom.

ShipStation. We share address and transactional information with ShipStation to print postage and allow our customers to track their shipments.

Stripe. We use Stripe to process credit card transactions for purchases on the site. We share with Stripe which books are purchased and Stripe securely stores any sensitive financial info (credit card numbers, and CVVs).

How We Disclose Information

Responding to legal requests and preventing harm. We may share or disclose your information in order to comply with laws or to respond to lawful requests by individuals, other corporations, or governments. We may also do so to protect our own rights, property and safety, or that of our agents, users, or others.

User-generated sharing. We provide tools with which Users can share content. We will share Content where proper use of these tools is made.

Business Transfers. We may buy or sell business assets. User information is typically one of the transferred business assets. This includes situations of acquisition, winding down, or bankruptcy. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that the acquirer of us or our assets may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.

Changing or Deactivating Your Profile, Deleting Content

You may change your personal information by editing your profile. It will update as soon as our systems reasonably provide.

You are generally free to deactivate your profile. This will remove your profile page and information presented thereon. However, certain public information, such as your Comments, or reference to pieces of Content that you have shared or contributed funds to, may remain viewable.

However, you may not delete your profile if you have a Project that has reached its Closing Date and exceeded the Minimum Goal, but you have yet to publish the finished Work. If you have contributed to a Project and wish to delete your account, Inkshares will retain any information necessary to effectuate the transaction.

Even if you deactivate your account, Inkshares retains any information necessary to comply with its legal and accounting obligations. Information may also remain cached or backed up on our servers.

Persons Under the Age of 13

We do not collect, store, or share information from persons under the age of 13. Users need to be ages 13 or older to use the Service. We do not collect information from persons under the age of the 13 and will delete such information if we become aware of it. If you believe that we have any such information, please contact us at

Protecting Your Information

We take measures to help protect your personal information in an effort to prevent loss, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, manipulation, and destruction. However, we cannot guarantee the security of any information. Unauthorized access, use, or transfer, hardware or software failure, and other factors can compromise the security of user information.

Your California Privacy Rights

Under California Civil Code sections 1798.83-1798.84, California residents are entitled to ask for a notice identifying those categories of personal information that we share with third parties for marketing purposes. That notice must also provide the contact information for those third parties. If you are a California resident and would like a copy of this notice, please email us at or submit a written request to:

Office of the General Counsel
Inkshares, Inc.
93 Linden Street, Suite 6
Oakland, CA 94607
(415) 890-6436

GDPR Rights

Inkshares does not collect, utilize, share, or sell information in a manner that requires the appointment of a Data Protection Monitor under the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulations. However, for any questions about our terms of service, privacy policy, or specific user-information requests including the deletion of an account, you may contact or write to us via regular mail at:

Office of the General Counsel
Inkshares, Inc.
93 Linden Street, Suite 6
Oakland, CA 94607
(415) 890-6436

Thanks for reading this. Again, feel free to email us at