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A how-to guide for independent learning, with concrete strategies plus stories of people who learn on their own and how they do it.
A how-to guide for independent learning, with concrete strategies plus stories of people who learn on their own and how they do it.
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    1. Kio Stark Creator on June 15, 2013

      Hi dreamer--just emailed you individually!

    2. dreamer on June 15, 2013

      Hello Kio and all, I have not received the book so far. Any ideas?

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      Ernesto J. Torres on May 15, 2013

      I got the book a few days ago, Thanks very much. Congratulations on your great work!!!!

      Ernesto J. Torres from Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca. Mexico

    4. Kio Stark Creator on May 9, 2013

      Thanks Carla!

    5. Carla Diana on May 9, 2013

      The book is awesome! Congratulations! I was sad I couldn't make it to the launch party. I hope you celebrated properly!

    6. Kio Stark Creator on April 3, 2013

      Hi Kevin--I went straight to the source on this! Here's the word from my designer. "They both have tables of contents. The ePub "starting" point is set to be the introduction, so the front matter loads but is before where the book is set to start. Still accessible, and at least on iOS devices, should be easily reachable from the TOC button in iBooks. The mobi file has its TOC at the very end of the book, which is default behavior for mobi files. Kindle apps all also have a navigation button or menu item that will call up the TOC."

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      Kevin Lepard on April 2, 2013

      Congratulations. Downloaded and started to read the book this evening. Question (not a criticism) the MOBI and EPUB seem to lack the table of contents that is in the PDF. Is that something intentional or something that will be fixed in a future revision?

    8. Belal Breaga Bakht on April 2, 2013

      Congratulations Kio! As a fellow Kickstarter Projecteer, I know how challenging this can be and you fully deserve the success coming your way for delivering such a great resource. Looking forward to absorbing some knowledge over the next few weeks.

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      Ada Nzeribe on April 2, 2013

      Kio! Congratulations on creating such a wonderful resource. I'm happy for you and excited to read and digest it in equal measure! x

    10. Larry Hattery on March 12, 2013

      Congratulations Kio. I'm very happy to see your dream come to reality. Well done!

    11. Dragos Ionel on March 12, 2013

      totally awesome! congratulations!

    12. Kio Stark Creator on January 22, 2013

      I've responded to everyone individually, but just a note--if you already filled out your survey, you won't see that link, and you are all set. Thanks everyone!

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      David Minger on January 22, 2013

      I regret that as of 1/2/2013, there is still no link appearing anywhere on the Kickstarter home page for your project that advises me in any way that there is a "This project needs some more information from you" prompt at the top of your page. That will link to the survey.

      Please let me know if you have any further problems.

    14. Kio Stark Creator on January 7, 2013


    15. Kio Stark Creator on December 3, 2012

      Hi Jason, I'm just about to send out another backer update (have you been getting those?), but the upshot is I just turned in the full draft a week ago to my freelance editor, and we've got a schedule plotted from there. I'll send more details in the update, keep an eye out for it. Thanks!

    16. Jason TS Chiu
      on December 3, 2012

      Hi, Please could you provide an update on the status of the book towards completion. Thank you.

    17. Kio Stark Creator on October 22, 2012

      Hi Aris, thanks for reaching out! I've had my nose to the grindstone and I owe you all an update! Will send something out this week. Making tons of progress, will be excited to share it.

    18. dreamer on October 22, 2012

      Hello Kio, I realize if you probably had an update you'd share without me asking but I still can't help but asking!

    19. Kio Stark Creator on August 8, 2012

      Hi Chris, thanks for checking in. I've been sending regular updates to backers that you might check on for details of how things are going. Or if you'd like to email me directly I'll be happy to fill you in. The upshot is the project expanded significantly because of the extra funding (80 interviews instead of a few dozen), so the timeline did too. I don't have a hard delivery date yet because there are some variables I'm not in control of, like fitting into a freelance editor's calendar. Working on firming things up!

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      Chris Angus on August 8, 2012

      So when is the delivery date for this project?

    21. Kio Stark Creator on May 22, 2012

      David, yes, corkboards! I love them. Sadly this being NYC, I don't have a garage, or much extra wall space anywhere. Someday...

      Andrew, thanks so much for the offer. I'll pass along your info to the book's designer and when we get a little closer, we'll get in touch. You're very kind to offer to help out.

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      Andrew Crisp on May 21, 2012

      Hi Kio, regards ePUB and Amazon Kindle - I would like to offer to convert to all eBook formats as part of my backing for this project. I can also assist with distribution to eBook retail channels, and advise on the best approach for the eBook title. (I part own a company that provides these services around the globe to large multinational and medium sized publishers, and I would take personal responsibility for your title :-)

      Keep up the great work and updates,
      Best regards,
      Andrew Crisp
      New Zealand

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      David Minger on May 21, 2012

      With regard to keeping your index cards off of the living room floor (and keeping your family's good will and support), may I suggest putting up a few cork boards in the garage, then using pushpins to fix the cards to the board? This accomplishes vertically what you are already doing horizontally. It also eliminates the worry that your carefully structured subject groups might be scrambled at any moment by kids, pets, or a stray gust of wind.

    24. Kio Stark Creator on March 22, 2012

      Thanks Phil, it's great to hear more confirmation on this from yet another person who has written books of their own!

    25. Phil Simon on March 22, 2012

      You're absolutely right. You can't write a great book in three months. I hear of people who write a book in a few weeks and I can't help but wonder if they've skimped on little things like editing, production, etc.

    26. Kio Stark Creator on March 22, 2012

      Thanks Duncan & Betty, I appreciate your understanding and encouragement very much!

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      Betty Rae on March 21, 2012

      I'm very excited to see the book, but I would rather wait a little longer to get a good book than have you finish it by May if the quality of the book suffers in the rush. All the best in your efforts to complete the project smoothly. :)

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      Duncan Dodd on March 21, 2012

      Hi Kio
      I don't think it matters when the book comes out - I'm sure all the self-taught people you interviewed took their time. Look forward to the book when it does arrive.

    29. Jordan Lee Knape on February 20, 2012

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    30. PhilllChabbb on February 6, 2012

      Hello Kio.

      Wonderful to hear things are going great with your project. Even if you do have a delivery date, I'm sure people can understand if it takes a bit longer to get the end result you aim for. Quality does take time. :) Thank you very much for your effort in making this book.

    31. Dragos Ionel on February 5, 2012

      hi Kio, check

      I used it for a book and I was amazed at the result

    32. Kio Stark Creator on January 8, 2012

      Alexander, my original estimated delivery date for the rewards is listed as May 2012, and I'm doing my best to stick to that. Because the project got so many more backers than I expected (!) the whole process of signing and mailing out all the books may take a little longer than I predicted. I'll send out updates to keep backers posted as things move along. I'm still in the interviewing/writing phase right now. Cheers!

    33. Alexander Bennett on January 8, 2012

      When can we expect the book ?

    34. Ted Brown - Berkbinder & Brown on December 18, 2011

      looking forward to the book. i have taught myself enough to launch 2 business, starting from ground ZERO. If you want to do something bad enough which means work hard enough you can find a way.

    35. Luis Felipe Madrigal Santana on December 15, 2011

      i think the massive ammount of backup this project has got just show how much are we tired of schools and their learning system. Ir's not just you, there's a world out there advocating for an urgent change in the way we are learning. Thank you so much for making this book!

    36. billimarie on December 15, 2011

      Hi Kio! This is a wonderful project; just backed it :) I've been out of school for a year and a half, and although I studied art, I decided to "independently learn" all the sciences I missed. Doing my own mycology and botany experiments, now. Thanks for endorsing independent learning, and good luck!

    37. Kio Stark Creator on December 14, 2011

      @Patrick Henry III, should be done by May. @rickwilhelm thanks, will check them out!

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      rickwilhelm on December 13, 2011

      Kio... For interview subjects, I'd suggest Pat Farenga ( and Manfred Smith ( Both are very approachable/personable and chock full of great ideas on learning.

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      Patrick Henry III on December 13, 2011

      When will this be available? My nephew needs this now. He is always asking me for advice about what he should go back to school and take.

    40. Paul Kaiser on December 13, 2011

      Kio, so glad to see this project getting traction! I'm self-taught, extending that by homeschooling our 4 kids. Your book is going to be a hit in our homeschooling community, for certain! Go, go, go!

    41. Kio Stark Creator on December 13, 2011

      @james, thanks so much, will pass along your greetings!

    42. James Floyd Kelly
      on December 13, 2011

      Just pledged, and definitely looking forward to reading what you have to share. I've been a professional self-learner since finishing college, so I'm curious to hear how others tackle this kind of thing.

      Please tell Bre I said hello -- James Floyd Kelly

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      Gabriel Beaudoin on December 12, 2011

      @OliverJanoschka : I totally agree with you! looks great, thx for sharing !

    44. Kio Stark Creator on December 6, 2011

      Oliver, thanks for your thoughts here (and your help spreading the word). I'll be in touch!

    45. Oliver Janoschka on December 5, 2011

      Hi Kio,

      congrats- just discovered your Nonfiction project through the kickstarter newsletter.It really corresponds with my interests to explore how learning pathways can be self-organised and realized (through networks, new media, mentors, experience(s)...), even though I am more keen on to find out where are the institutions providing the frames for this kind of learning.
      But for your purpose, it might be interesting to have a look at this group here- who seem to address similar topics, questioning the classic schooling approch:

      Anyhow, scrolling quickly through this rich wall of comments which cristallizes the great interest that your project is raising, I feel it would be thrilling if you could not just create a handbook as a final product, but initiate a network-platform (on ning, mixxt, or others) where people could post their stories and where you could on the spot share your learnings, interviews, resources, etc for/from your project.
      This way, your idea could grow organically, in co-creation, providing a unique platform for others to get inspiration and empowerment for their own learning-path.
      Definitely, I would be ready to support this-also co-committing time and effort- in case that this would fit with your line of priorities.
      All the best


    46. Kio Stark Creator on December 2, 2011

      @webconnoisseur looks like a great film!

    47. Dustin Woodard on December 2, 2011

      This books sounds great & fits nicely with a documentary we are working on called Class Dismissed for those who self-learn at a younger age!

    48. Kio Stark Creator on December 2, 2011

      Thanks everyone, I really appreciate all the good energy and well wishes here!

      And yes, we're going to do some kind of ePub format!

    49. Aaron Rutledge on December 2, 2011

      This is amazing! I get asked all the time, 'how did school help you get to where you are' and I keep saying 'it didn't!'. The key is learning how to continue to keep yourself open to learning on your own. I hope this project helps open people's eyes to other ways of learning how to become what they want to become.. and that it's well within their grasps! Nice work Kio!

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