Independent Bookstores of America (Canceled)
Independent Bookstores of America (Canceled)
A coffee table book featuring locally owned, independent bookstores from each of the 48 contiguous United States.
A coffee table book featuring locally owned, independent bookstores from each of the 48 contiguous United States. Read more
About this project
***May 24, 2013 Update: This project is going to be a success even though the Kickstarter has been canceled. To support this project, pledge to its new campaign, and learn more visit www.morganweiss.com***
Independent Bookstores of America
Independent Bookstores of America is a coffee table book featuring locally owned, independent bookstores in cities throughout each of the contiguous 48 United States of America. The book is an attempt to chronicle a slice of American life that many people believe is in danger of disappearing. The book will feature pictures of thriving, locally owned bookstores and include a little information describing each store’s unique story.
This idea has evolved as a product of my passion for books, reading, and supporting locally owned businesses. In the book there will be a page filled with information about how and what each person can do to support their local independent bookstore even if they are a consumer of e-books. The use of an e-reader does not have to mean the end of the local community bookstore! Bookstores serve as an integral part of our society and have been a hub for community building for centuries. While the large chain bookstores may be facing problems, local independent stores are making a come back in many cities as we remember the value of having a bookstore where we can mix and mingle and be!
Why I am doing this project
I'm doing this project for one simple reason; I love bookstores. I also hold a bachelor's and master's degree in political science and believe in the benefits of supporting locally owned businesses. I believe bookstores are one of the few places we have left that can promote civic engagement and community building. But most importantly, I am doing this because project because of what bookstores have meant to me over the years.
This is a project of passion for me. I moved around a lot as a child, and bookstores were my constant refuge. The first thing I did when I moved to a new place was to seek out the closet bookstore. My hope is that this book will capture the feeling all book lovers get when they first walk into a store.
Why I am the best possible person to write and produce this book
If there’s one thing people who know me can tell you, it’s that I love books. There are many things in life that I may be undecided about, but the one thing that always remains constant about me is that I am an avid supporter and encourager of reading. I don’t care if you read the most erudite books or the trashiest of trash – all reading has benefits, and I support all of it! This is also why I started a website [bookprescriber.org] with the goal of helping people find books they will love -- I believe non-readers are only a book away from becoming book lovers.
So, practically? I have spent the last six months planning the logistics needed to make this book happen. I have chosen stores in each state (most from local recommendations) along with backups in case of an unforeseen problem with the first chosen store. I have mapped routes, chosen cameras, software, and have other materials in place to start production on the book itself after returning from the stores. I have also worked with a really great lawyer to prepare a release for the stores to sign and have contingency plans in place for any problems I may run into while creating this book.
I estimate it will take nearly two months of traveling across America to complete this book. The money I raise will go to supporting travel, photography, interviews, writing, book design, proofreading, and ultimately, publishing the book both digitally and in hardcopy.
Here's where you come in!
If you’re new to Kickstarter, Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing model. If I don’t reach my entire goal by the end of the campaign, your account will not be charged for your pledge.
Another way to help out and support this project whether or not you can donate right now is to spread the word via Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, and your other social networks.
Finally, if this project is fully backed, I will keep and update a blog documenting my progress as I travel across America to each bookstore!
Risks and challenges
One of the biggest challenges of this project is managing the logistics involved to get to each bookstore and be able to work with someone from each store. Since I am aware of the possible challenges, most of which can be overcome with more time, I am scheduling enough time and flexibility into my research to accommodate any unforeseen issues.
This book project is a dream of mine. It will be a once in a lifetime experience to pursue and create something I am personally very passionate about. I am determined to overcome any obstacles that may arise to complete this book!
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