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$676
pledged of $50,000pledged of $50,000 goal
9
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, November 10 2018 3:57 PM UTC +00:00

About

It's all about the stories.

We can read a book either in print or digital format, or, more rarely, listen to the audio version. And for most stories, that’s about it.

Sadly, for a growing number, that isn’t enough. How many of us have elderly parents who would happily immerse themselves in a tale but can no longer make out the words?

Or a child who is blind, deaf, or autistic? The language of stories is universal, yet so many of our most vulnerable feel left out and alone, unable to easily access the wonder and magic of a well-told tale.

For the rest of us, how many would love to escape into a magical world, but are held back by the day-to-day needs of an indifferent life?

Do you fit into that category? Does someone you know?

Well, now there’s another option. It makes use of forty years of research combined with the best of technology to make stories accessible to the widest audience possible.

It’s new.

It’s exciting.

It’s changing the face of storytelling forever.

Wenebojo. Storytelling reimagined. And it’s about time!

  • All the text, straight from the book
  • Resizable text
  • Audio version, adjustable volume
  • Imagery designed to enhance the story, but not overwhelm it
  • Filterable content, by far more than just genre
  • American Sign Language translation (planned for phase 2)

Our Story

Conceived by researcher Kat Lind, Wenebojo’s primary purpose is to fill that key gap in the market, to give those with few options access to great stories. To enable families to experience magical tales together, all at once, regardless of what the abilities of those family members are.

But it’s more than that as well. We have not built Wenebojo by chance, with only a simple hope that it would serve our grand purpose. It is backed by research into stories that spans forty years, and a predictive modeling component with which we can tell in advance how effective a story will be.

The result of all this is a product that is more than engaging. Our stories are compelling. Immersive to a level unheard of until now, and there’s nothing quite like it anywhere else.

Think about it like this. How many times, when you’re reading a book, does something cause you to hesitate? How many times does an uncertain mix of words bounce you straight out of the story?

With Wenebojo, you hear the words as you read the text, and there’s an image to back everything up. Or you can watch the pictures while listening to the words. Or, after phase 2, you can flip between text and sign language.

Either way, you have multiple avenues toward understanding. Comprehension goes up. Way up.

So does engagement.

We’ve done significant testing of the concept, and the results are remarkable. Wenebojo does bring stories to life. It gives rise to an immersive experience.

It works for those who have reading difficulties just as well as for those who do not.

The key, of course, is having amazing stories to offer.

Our Authors

That’s where our authors come in. Wenebojo is associated with a talented collective of authors without whom none of this would be possible. Known as the Phoenix Prime writers, every one of them published in their own right. Between them, they’ve won a list of awards that would amaze you, as well as earning multiple best-seller tags on Amazon for their work.

A selection of the Wenebojo Authors
A selection of the Wenebojo Authors

Writing in every genre imaginable, our authors are producing stories at a rate of several hundred thousand words every month. And they are GOOD words.

Most of our authors have been through a grueling boot camp that lasted six months to gain the very best understanding of how to produce great stories. Also, they have all been trained in some very specific techniques that reflect how Wenebojo works.

And then, on top of all that, there’s the extensive quality control. Every single story, whether it’s a five-minute short-short or a full novel broken down into multiple episodes, goes through a rigorous process to ensure that it’s the very best it can be.

That quality blends the efforts of our technology and authors to the others that are integral to Wenebojo. Each of them has an essential role in delivering the immersive, powerful stories that the Storyteller will provide.

So many other people contribute to our stories. Editors, proofreaders, beta readers, sound engineers, vocal artists, scene designers, digital media producers, and administrative staff all have crucial roles but are frequently not mentioned. To us, it is a team effort.

The collaboration of our team, from authors to media producers, is an essential part of Wenebojo. It is the core of our identity, the expression of our commitment to storytelling. This is the power behind every tale that we offer.

Our stories will take you into the world of the author and make you laugh out loud. They’ll make you cry, shiver with fear, cringe, despair, and feel joy so intense it will surprise you. You will travel through a whole range of emotion, and you’ll want to keep coming back for more.

There’s still work to be done.

We’re on the cusp. Our launch is just around the corner, and we’re working hard to put all the pieces in place.

But we need your help. This is your chance to be part of our storytelling revolution. Share this, spread the word, be one of the first to subscribe, and help us change storytelling for the better.

Back Wenebojo. Be part of the future of storytelling. Make a pledge and claim your reward.

What’s Next?

We’ve been working steadily on this for many months now, and we’re making good progress. We’ve formed partnerships with technical teams to ensure that when we go live, we can do so with the best possible platform to support us.

IBM has joined us and will be providing our platform on the worldwide, highly secure and scalable Z Cloud. We are very proud to be their inaugural Z Cloud partner. This will let us reach the world and supply a quality streaming experience. And a safe and stable one.

We have also been joined by a well-known University in the US that will be putting their talent and facilities behind this project. Their award-winning directors, designers, and digital media staff are a welcome addition to our efforts.

The production team is busy converting stories as we speak, and the authors are writing up a storm. There’s still much to do, and this is our timeline:

  • October: Make lots of new Kickstarter friends
  • November: Soft launch. Wenebojo will be live, but we’ll be limiting access just to our friends (yeah, that means You!)
  • December: Spread our storytelling to more people! Never forgetting those of you that were there to help us get going.

During this time, we will also be building our catalog of stories as much as we can to ensure you never run out of new tales to enjoy. And we’ll continue with our various marketing activities as well.

Join us, be part of our journey. Our mission, our joy. Blend your stories with ours.

We are Wenebojo

Risks and challenges

We have worked extremely hard on Wenebojo, and the whole team wants to see it succeed. But that doesn’t mean it’ll be easy – most things that are worth doing are not. So here are what we see as the risks:

TECHNOLOGY: This is a big one. If you’ve ever been on a popular site where the servers aren’t up to the demand, you’ll know why this is a risk. With too many users all at once, servers can collapse, and it can take forever for them to come back up.

We’ve done a fair bit of predictive modeling with Wenebojo, and if the numbers are even halfway accurate about how popular it might become, those servers are massively important.

We don’t want to be playing catch-up with this. We want to start in front and stay there. That is why we talked to IBM. They believe in the project so much that they have become an active partner, investing time and resources.

CATALOG: Wenebojo, at its heart, is inclusive. We want as many people as possible to be able to access all of our stories. Which means instead of offering each story as a single download for a set price, we’re setting it up as a subscription service.

There’s a high up-front workload in doing this. At launch, we have to have a full catalog with enough stories to satisfy our audience.
We already have several hundred hours of content identified and ready to go. But we’re not done yet. There’s still a mountain of work, and we’re climbing as fast as we can.

QUALITY: Related to the Catalog risk described above. Not only do we have to get enough stories done in time for the launch, but we also have to make sure they’re as good as we can make them.

The narrative is designed to sound like a storyteller telling tales, not the sharp sound of someone performing for you. We keep checking the sounds to make sure that they fit our sound profile and speed. Only then can we be sure that our message will be received.

Any of these risks by itself is a monumental challenge. Added together, it is daunting indeed. That said, we have the people in place, and the processes, and the plans. Collectively, we are an amazing and diverse group.

With a little help from you, we can do it. Together, we can make Wenebojo real.

Any pledge amount brings us one step closer to our goal. Help us change the world of storytelling forever and make Wenebojo the household name it should be. Click the ‘Back This Project’ button at the top of the page or help spread the word by sharing our page.

Either way, we raise a glass in your honor, and say THANK YOU for your help!

We are Wenebojo

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    THANKS FOREVER

    Our heartfelt Thank You for helping to bring Wenebojo one step closer to enhancing the lives of so many story lovers. For all backers at ALL levels, we’ll add your name to the Kickstarter thank you page on our website, AND we’ll send you updates so you know when we go live. We will also send you a cool digital wallpaper!

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    You saw this and love the idea. Cheering madly as you read it, yelling, "I want this NOW!"

    Come on in! The water is fine! This level gets you a month of Wenebojo and the awesome Digital Wallpaper.

    This level gets you access to ALL Wenebojo stories, which you can use from up to four different devices in one household. You can enjoy every story we have, as many times as you like, and can be among the first to view all the new ones we add.

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    You love exploring the wide range of stories and places. Come be intrigued by a different way of experiencing them.

    Get two more full months subscription of Wenebojo, for a total of three. A great way to get started, the combined subscription gives you access to ALL Wenebojo stories, which you can access from up to four different devices in one household. You can enjoy every story we have, as many times as you like, and can be among the first to view all the new ones we add.

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    CRAVER OF STORIES

    You want to cry and laugh, be surprised, and have your heart touched. Let us tell you stories and make you feel them.

    This level adds an exclusive Wenebojo mousepad to all the rest of the cool stuff!

    Remember that the subscription gives you access to ALL Wenebojo stories, which you can access from up to four different devices in one household. You can enjoy every story we have, as many times as you like, and can be among the first to view all the new ones we add.

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    HOARDER OF TALES

    Busy stuffing your cupboard full of stories for any mood, situation, or need? You are in the right place.

    Add an exclusive Wenebojo cup to the hoard of items you are accumulating and upgrade your access to the special VIP, extra early access. Be part of our feedback group and help make Wenebojo ROCK!!

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    STORY ADDICT

    Coffee-driven or just driven, the appeal of stories is more of a need. We totally get you!!

    Get all the earlier rewards, plus you get the Wenebojo backpack!

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    BLANKET FORT DEFENDER

    Reading and having time to crawl inside a warm enclosure is one of the best parts of relaxation. To make that even more comfortable, we are adding a blanket to your pile of loot! You also get to participate in the Special Request Queue!

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    GUARDIAN ANGEL

    Risk taker and visionary, you seize on the inventions and ideas that others may not understand. Once convinced, you put your money where your heart is.

    Your pile of loot is impressive, but your belief in our mission is dedicated. We are adding three more months to your Wenebojo free subscription for a total of six months. We will also inscribe your name on our Angel wall!

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    • Three MORE months of free Wenebojo subscription!!
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    ARCHANGEL

    People are the heart and soul of your company. You are courageous enough to sponsor ideas that embrace the community.

    In addition to the pile of loot, you will be able to offer your employees a discount on Wenebojo for the next three years. ALL Corporate Sponsors will be featured on our Sponsors page on our Wenebojo website for that three years.

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