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By Daniel Best
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About this project

NOTE: The actual book making part is already done.If you want to see the digital form of the book in it's entirety then you can click on this link and explore it at your leisure. I don't mind if you embed it places either.

http://issuu.com/danieljbest/docs/star_book/1

Why this:

Hi,

I'm Daniel Best, and I found my love for the stars not from the stars themselves, but when I received a book. It was an H.P. Lovecraft, the popularizer of the Science Fiction genre, and it's art feels like space.

I hadn't really seen stars very well for a while and I was excited to see them again. The night I got the book I walked outside to look at the stars and counted. 34. That's the number of stars I saw. I was obviously disappointed so I looked up how many stars I was supposed to see and my heart dropped. Almost 5,000. I didn't know what I was missing.

Tokyo at Night.

Tokyo at Night with normal amount of stars.

If you need proof of how bad it is then just look outside your house at night and then get out of town for a day to see for yourself. Things are seriously wrong.

Digital photos are nice, but digital is just not the way the see the majesty of galaxies and planets. Computers are too distracting too really appreciate the images and they aren't as spectacular as something physical.

Barring the elimination of all light pollution around your house the best solution there is, is a book. About 50 full image pages (see above link), made from the beautiful photos I've searched out from the depths of Space Telescope photo archives. 

So here's my ask.

I want your help in making a beautiful book. One that holds you're attention and which you're friends are inspired to get the instant they see it.

That wonder, that you and I cherished as a child, is what we can give to ourselves.

If you'd like to make this book (digital version link above) into reality and bring the wonder of the universe back into our lives then pledge now!

Timeline:

Once the Kickstarter is over I'll order the books from Total Printing Systems and they will ship to Amazon warehouses, which will then ship to you fine people. The printing, I have been told, will take between 15 days and 25 days. The shipping to Amazon will be 4-5 days and then shipping to you will be 5 days after that. A total of between 30-40 days from the end of the kickstarter.

Budget:

First of, all the money pledged to the Kickstarter beyond these numbers is planned to go to producing future beautiful book projects that I have planned. This way I'll be able to produce VERY high quality and VERY LARGE books that are harder to manufacture because so few people make them. 

It is also for random costs such as the shipping costs going up unexpectedly and/or the entire shipment going up in flames in a freak alien attack.

Aliens won't stop our love of space.

The instant quote tool at Total Printing Systems says that for 400* books, at the highest quality, the cost is $1,931.52.

Fulfillment from amazon is 3.85 per book X 400** = $1,540.

The cost of having the books housed in amazon facilities is $84 per month for 2 months (required for supply logistics, a fancy way of saying getting everything ready to ship to you) which = $168.

The posters I have ready to print at a reasonable price, but depending on the how many people buy each kind it'll cost between $0 and $200 because the quantity will be so low.

*400 is the minimum to get what I'd call a pretty reasonable price to produce the book of under 5 dollars.

**I'm hoping to order 100 extra books for those who miss the Kickstarter by only a couple days. It takes more than a month to order more books and deliver it to people. That's a long time to wait considering it would only take a week to deliver a book that's already in the warehouse.

Risks and challenges

Making a new book has 2 risks:

Risk 1: The test book comes out bad because of bad quality materials or a bad manufacturer, and then the individual judging the book says that it's fine to produce something terrible.

Solution 1: I have chosen the best materials I could and partnered with the manufacturer Total Printing Systems - www.tps1.com - who has shown that they can produce beautiful books

Risk 2: The way the books are shipped makes them get lost in a shipping maze, or get damaged on the way

Solution 2: The manufacturer sends the book to amazon warehouses (instead of Daniel Best) so the experienced people can handle shipping. This is done with amazon fulfillment and though it can cost more, it ensures that the books aren't lost, and won't be damaged barring a lightning bolt hitting the delivery truck.

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    Access to our exclusive Facebook group!

    I'll invite you to the group right away where I will post the best photos of space I find every week along with the ones I've been saving. I have quite a collection to share ;)

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    The Beautiful Book!

    You get the most attractive and beautiful book in the world (in my space loving opinion) 1 month before others get the opportunity to order it.

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    2 Beautiful Books!

    2 Books! - One Month Before Public Release

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    The Book and a Poster!

    The Book! - One Month Before Public Release

    Poster of the front cover photo (without the text) in any below size.
    11" x 17"
    16" x 20"
    18" x 24"

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    The Book and an Oversized Poster!

    The Book! - One Month Before Public Release and
    Poster of the front cover photo (without the text) in either below size.
    24" x 36"
    36" x 48"

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