The best of Kickstarter, LinkedIn and Amazon all in one platform just for writers. Meet India- and Singapore-based Kitaab by Ishita Russell, e27.co
For Zafar Anjum, Kitaab (book in Hindi) is the best chapter he has ever turned in his life. Yet.
The journey of Kitaab began a decade ago as an online directory for Asian writers, but it struggled for survival in the initial years. So, in 2013, with the backing of better technology and funds, Anjum revived his pet project and turned it into a platform for writers and poets to get their work reviewed and published.
“I had never thought of any business model around Kitaab, but as we grew, the need was felt to have a publishing function as well. We thought that, maybe, this could be the one place where writers can get their books out,” says Anjum, a tech scribe-turned-author-turned-entrepreneur, in a chat with e27.
With around 15 editors on board and a steady publishing flow, the time has come for the startup to look for a business model in order to sustain and expand the platform.