For Everyone. Right Now.
We have received our minimum pledge total! Group Hug! True to our word, "The Little Red Bird" is now available Free on our downloads page! Check it out! No guessing games here. You can see the story before backing and we'll definitely be publishing! Now is the BEST time to contribute! Still coming is the free app, remote download (still free) on app stores. We aren't done yet! If you like our story please support our work by backing us! We need you to help make this possible!
The Little Red Bird has been translated into eight(8!) languages so far: Portuguese, German, French, Chinese, Russian, Hungarian, Polish and Spanish.You can meet our translators in the Education Resource section of our website. Shortly to come are: Japanese, Greek, Korean, Dutch, Scouse and Taiwanese.
If you don't see a language you know and you want to help, tell us. It only takes a few minutes! You'll get a mention on our site, the ebook right away and a physical copy if this all goes according to plan! Thank you!
There's a problem:
We have a solution:
Because our book is free for everyone everywhere, foreign publishers can print our book and sell it at even lower prices than these books. They can do this legally. This is a bigger idea than we can fully explain here, feel free to read into it. :D
"The Little Red Bird" is written with story time in mind, but we're also committed to making our book a useful language tool as well. It's 2012 after all, so The Little Red Bird is being developed into an interactive program accompanied by an original musical score written and performed by Julia Dreyer. It will be available for download on our site and through wireless services like app stores. You can see the flash demo by clicking below.
What does the $2000 minimum goal do?
- It pays for printing the book.
- It pays for licensing fees.
- It pays our translators. Their time has been donated thus far.
How will you use additional funds after you reach your goal?
- Development of a higher quality, but still totally free, App.
- Additional translations (hiring translators that we don't know).
"The Little Red Bird," is a story time reader, meant to be read out loud by early readers, with and without an adult. We believe that story time, along with eat and sleep time, is the most important part of a child's day. During story time you're bonding with your parents, you're hearing their voices, you're learning to think abstractly, you're learning valuable morals and skills, and you're learning to read. All at once. Wow.
"The Little Red Bird" is a fast paced story told through pictures which encourage communication and interaction. The reader is asked questions about color, size emotional state and even the intentions of the characters. Answers are then affirmed in a tone of excitement and wonder, just like in story time:
That's all gravy; here's the main course: we're trying to change the way things are done. Check out Dan's quick(ish) introduction of our Idea for producing art, media and entertainment:
What It Means
It means that we'll be able to make a lot more for a lot less. The difference is that we're getting paid for our art, not for our property. Once it's sold our art is everyone's art. There's no reason you can't just run off a few thousand copies of our book and sell them on your own! Just give us credit.
It means an end to piracy. No copyright -> no piracy. Simple.
It means you can share it.
It means kids anywhere can learn from it.
It could mean better cheaper art for everyone.
All we're asking for is enough to keep producing art and not starve. You decide how much you want to pay for whatever material you want to consume it in...
Thank You Gifts
Our download page is live, our book is free to the world. Thank you.
Physical copies of our book will be sent to backers above the $25 level. The English edition will be 32 pages printed on 7 inch board stock, while translations may be made available in paperback if there is sufficient demand.
Hand-inked storyboards and professional paintings will be created specially for those who endorse us at the highest levels.
We need your support!
Please check in as we update! We're looking forward to seeing if this new approach to publishing will work! We can't wait for kids to be able to enjoy our book with their parents! We can't wait to do this good thing with you!
Here's other projects with similar philosophies and goals. Check it out!
Kimberly has a book about math. But she doesn't need it (she knows how to do math already) and she wants kids to have it. Go Kimberly!
Lianne Sentar and Priscilla Hamby are working on Tokyo Demons, a project with what appears to be a similar approach to publishing! All their content is available free online! Awesome!
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
- Dan & Jordan D.
- (30 days)