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