In the Stacks is the first video book review program hosted by a librarian, featuring 60-second episodes of the best new books in the stacks.
Last year I created the program In the Stacks video book review (www.inthestacks.tv), which features 60-second long reviews of recent books. The reviews are done by one of the most authoritative sources on the topic: Librarians. In the Stacks is meant to not only be intellectually provocative but also features tastefully sexy librarians, and asserts that women can be both sexy and smart. The 32 60-second spots currently on the website are meant to run like ads, with longer episodes in the works. The next step for In the Stacks is to partner with a developer to make the idea a really valuable one that will fly off the shelves.
I’ve always loved books and read upwards of 75 each year, but know not everyone has the time to read that many books and may need help selecting a good read. With many of the traditional outlets for book reviews closing, new resources are needed and librarians are the perfect people to step in. You can trust a book review from a librarian as opposed to some random person on the web. These reviews may have a place in a digital card catalog, or on eBook readers, it remains to be seen. I’m very passionate about this project and am determined to see it through.
With the money I raise through Kickstarter, I plan to make upgrades to the website, pay vendors (which include a graphic designer, illustrator and a few other librarians taping reviews) and collaborate with a developer. I have a detailed breakdown of the budget and business plan.
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