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'God in New York' looks at our current understanding of god through interviews with a cross-section of the city about their beliefs.
74 backers pledged $3,458 to help bring this project to life.

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Good news - cheaper so ALL funds going to Search and Care

Posted by rikki tahta (Creator)
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Thank you everyone for backing the project.  The physical books are going out now.  For those who have not yet completed their survey and sent their address please do that so I can have a copy mailed to you.

The good news is that everything worked out much cheaper than I expected (thank you Amazon) so I am donating 100% of the funds you guys raised to a great New York charity Search and Care that Orla introduced to me, and for which she volunteers.  Search and Care find local housebound elderly people and organise visits, care and help.

Thank you all once again

Rikki

PS I was not allowed to mention this before under the terms of Kickstarter.  Strangely no charitable contributions are allowed.

eBook going out today

Posted by rikki tahta (Creator)
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For everyone who signed up for a ebook copy I am sending an email with the download link to the email address you used at Kickstarter.  Give me a shout if you don't get it.

The epub version includes audio so you can hear people speak.  That will work on Ipads, iphones etc with ibooks.  The Kindle version has no audio but will work on all versions of Kindle

Thanks again for your patience

Rikki

FINISHED

Posted by rikki tahta (Creator)
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WOW 

done, edited, epub formatted with clips, everything works, cover chosen (thanks everyone for all the great ideas - it was very hard choice but I went with a friend's oil painting in the end).  

E-books will go out shortly and physical copies once I get them printed.  Only likely delay is that I'm off now for 2 weeks for spring break.

ON TRACK

Posted by rikki tahta (Creator)
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OK a lot have you have basically said "Oi I gave you my hard earned dosh so where's this book then !"

Good news is its all now assembled and I am waiting for a proof of a physical copy, and for the person I eventually found to layout the ebook version.  So it's at the last hurdle

Thanks for your patience.  I have no good excuse I just suffer from NOT having a hard deadline.  As there's no gun to my head to get it finished by a specific date I can't help procrastinating.

Cheers Rikki

Yet another good excuse ...

Posted by rikki tahta (Creator)
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Hi All

Start Excuse:

I decided it would be better for the audio to be contained within the ebook, so you could read it on the train etc, but i wanted better quality so I decided to re-do all the audio clips to shorten them and put them into a lower compression format, but not so low that it was unpleasant.  I have started on this process.   Unfortunately the Argentinian sound engineer in Buenos Aires that I am using for this exercise decided he loved the project and took some initiative into his own hands, re-splicing the audio, which now doesn't match the text !  I felt bad because he took initiative and did way more work than needed.  He feels bad because it's now more work for me to re-check.  BUT it will be a better book when we're both done...

Meanwhile I thought I'd experiment with the Amazon print-on-demand service and made a physical copy of a different design of the book, made up of just quotations.  (it was a great idea my friend Tim Jackson in London had ) that way i could have a snip of all 200 interviews so you would get a genuinely holisitic picture.  Well the book arrived and looked amazing.  

Sample book (photo courtesy of Fiona Tahta-Wraith)
Sample book (photo courtesy of Fiona Tahta-Wraith)

It is so readable and accessible as a book of quotations, that it got me thinking maybe I can work with this format too.  So I have an idea that I will do a hybrid physical/electronic book so you can use your smart phone to hear the voice and read the full text of an interview by embedding QR codes next to the relevant quotations approx 80 of the  200.  Here's what I mean: 

Put a QR on page next to interviews with full text and audio
Put a QR on page next to interviews with full text and audio

What do you think ?  I'm going to play around with that idea - but guess what ? Regardless it's going to take a boat load more time to even explore going that way.

So final conclusion is it's still moving on- but I now have more editing and design work to do that is being squeezed into other work/life priorities..

End Excuse