The KEANU CODE
The KEANU CODE
Decoding the Esoteric Secrets Hidden within the Career of Keanu Reeves - Kabbalah, Kundalini, the Dog-Star, Era-2012 and Beyond!
Decoding the Esoteric Secrets Hidden within the Career of Keanu Reeves - Kabbalah, Kundalini, the Dog-Star, Era-2012 and Beyond! Read more
There really are hidden messages in the films of Keanu Reeves – and they could really change your life – for the better! It may seem that the movie Speed is just about a bomb on a bus but there's deep insights into the recent end of the Maya calendar running just below the film's surface. Similarly Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey is a subtle introduction to the multi-dimensional nature of human beings as expressed by the Kabbalah and Patrick Swayze's surfer-bank-robber gang in Point Break encodes a commentary on the behind-the-scenes manipulation of world economics and politics by secret societies. Most importantly there's a system of deep philosophy and spiritual development woven throughout all of Keanu Reeves' films.
Sounds really far out I know, but it's all there in the specific names of characters, particular repeating numbers and peculiar themes and events in these films and with a little background and a few clues anyone can confirm these surprising revelations for themselves. After stumbling upon a few meaningful synchronicities in these films and then looking at them more closely I discovered increasingly precise examples of coordinated meaning and in-depth symbolic teachings that are capable of profoundly improving anyone's life as well as making the world in general a much more excellent place.
Ultimately I was inspired to create this in-depth book to share these 'Keanu Code' discoveries for the benefit of everyone. I've encountered a variety of difficulties and gone into some debt in this process but the book is about to be unveiled to the world. I hope you'll help me make this dream possible by supporting whatever level of Reward item feels right to you.
Thank you very much for any help! Bo G
The Keanu Code is an unprecedented in-depth expedition into the totally profound meaning and magical messages lurking just below the surface of the film and music career of Hollywood superstar Keanu Reeves! Journeying through his blockbuster films The Keanu Code uncovers deep and Triumphant teachings about esoteric topics - ranging from Kabbalah, Conspiracies and the Maya Calendar to the seven Chakras, secret-societies, the Dog-Star Sirius and more! Whoa!
Greetings and welcome dudes and dudettes to my humble Kickstarter project that is destined to be most Triumphant! Thanks for checking it out! As you can totally tell The Keanu Code is a book that delves deeply into the symbolic subtext of the film and music career of popular Hollywood actor Keanu Reeves. The hidden themes and ideas that the book uncovers deal with esoteric, metaphysical or “occult” subjects and mainly show up in Mr. Reeves most outstanding films such as Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Point Break, Speed, River's Edge and of course The Matrix.
Basically specific meaningful symbols and other subtextual details repeatedly show up in these excellent films in a way way non-coincidental manner! In other words certain key names, numbers and symbols having to do with particular metaphysical ideas and themes keep on showing up in coherent and very meaningful patterns in Keanu's films. Sometimes these subtle encodings show up just in one movie but in many cases the same theme appears in several of his most popular films – and in at least one of his rock bands too!
Hi I'm Bo an artist, researcher and writer and what started out for me as a simple quest fuelled by an open-minded curiosity and a bit of a sense of humor has morphed into an all consuming metaphysical vision that I now take quite seriously. For over five years I've been uncovering and decoding the synchronistic mysteries in Keanu's films and researching the esoteric topics symbolically represented within them. At first I was just writing and illustrating in my spare time until more recently driven by the excitement of the unfolding Reevelations I've taken to living inexpensively in basements and going into some debt to make this book, The Keanu Code, a reality. Simultaneously I've been developing an in-depth accompanying website about the No-Way Duddhist path that is the more personally applicable part of the Keanu Code revelations!
Now after thousands of hours of 'decoding', writing and research the book is near completion and the website is at least passably functional. This Kickstarter campaign is my hope to be able to complete the last approximately ten-percent of the book's writing and illustrations and afford to do a print run of a quantity substantial enough to make the book affordable for most any interested aspiring Duddhist – and for anyone else who's just curious about this profound hidden side of Keanu's career too!
The physical printed book will be over 350 pages in length with dimensions of 11” X 8.5” and hundreds of in-depth illustrations and diagrams (some of the larger of which you can see below). Additionally you can check out several sample pages from a couple of the The Keanu Code's chapters at KeanuCode.com
Again, the minimum goal we're going for is $15,069 most of which will go toward printing costs and a part of which will go to the fulfilment of other rewards and a small amount of living expenses to support me (the author-artist dude) in the final estimated three months needed to bring the book to a totally triumphant completion! I'm really hoping that the base goal will be far exceeded though as that could allow for way cooler features – like several interior color pictures (rather than all just being in black-and-white), optimal editing, E-books for everyone and lots of other extremely resplendent stuff!
Reward items for this campaign include the book itself as well as a variety of other very bodacious items like the e-book version!, Duddhist bumper-stickers!, T-shirts!, prayer flags! membership-kits!, and even original artwork! You can see pictures of these Rewards items below and at Neo-Duddhism.org
If you're reading this then I'm guessing that you probably already know how Kickstarter works, but just in case you don't here's the basics: if you and enough other way bodacious Amigos feel the most stellar calling to support this project then it will meet its goal and the Triumphant truths behind Keanu's films will at last be known to the world at large, but if not then humankind may tragically miss out on the many and excellently enlightening truths that Mr. Reeves has unknowingly been working hard to share for these many years! … and I'll probably end up bankrupt too. :( - Most Heinous indeed! I'm totally down for the risk though and trust that there's enough folks out there in tune with their Inner Dude or Duddette to help make this Keanu Code book project the unprecedented Triumphantness that I totally know it is meant to be!
Also I want to make sure that all backer duddettes and dudes understand that it'll be about three months after the campaign before the project is totally done and ready to ship out into the world before you'll actually receive the Reward items that you have so excellently helped to bring into existence! Project updates will also totally be announced occasionally throughout the final stages of the book's development.
Pretty much every Keanu Code chapter reviews the plot of a particular Keanu film especially tied to the subject of the chapter - whether Kabbalah, Chakras, secret societies or the nature of Reality - and then demonstrates the multiple ways that the topic is symbolically represented in Mr Reeves' career before explaining the essentials of the esoteric topic under consideration and how it relates to the other main esoteric ideas and teachings encoded into his other films. While some chapters are primarily informative and theoretical others have more applicable kinda info. But all of them are awesome and bodaciously entertaining – I think! - Here's the overview!:
Forward and Preface chapter stuff -
Chapter I - Holy Blood Holy Dude: Is Keanu Reeves the Preeminent Religious Symbol of Our Age!? *
Chapter II - Taking An Excellent Adventure Through the Hidden Side of History
Chapter III - Surfing Towards the 2012 Point Break … with Freemasons, Illuminati and Friends!
Chapter IV – The Divine Comedy Within Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey: Taking a Non Non Non Heinous Hiatus to Hell and Heaven and Back Again Through the Wyld Stallyns' Qabalistic Tree of Life
Chapter V -Speed’ing Through 2012 and the End of the Maya Calendar! Riding with the Duddha on Elevator, Bus and Subway to Beyond the End of Time
Chapter VI - Snow White, River's Edge, the Seven Chakras and the Reawakening of the Sacred Feminine
Chapter VII - John, Johnny, Jon, Jack’, Jjaks, Jane, Jones, Jesus and Keanu: The Keanu-Connections to John the Baptist and the Hidden History of Early Christianity
Chapter VIII – Psalm Sixty-Nine Dude! Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll, Bill and Ted, Keanu and Crowley
Chapter IX – Old Star, New Star, Superstar, Dogstar! The Sirius Story of Mystical Astronomy, Fish-Human Freaks, Cosmic Chakras and the Reemergence of the Golden Age on Earth!
Chapter X - The Matrix the Maya and Metaphysical Mastery – To “The One” and Beyond with the Sacred Geometry Secrets of “the Circle-K” and KNow Way Duddhism
Chapter XI - Bonus Chapter ... An Intoduction to the Quantum Zen of the Tao of the No-Way!
* You can also check out a much more in-depth overview of The Keanu Code's chapters as well as its subsections as they now stand by clicking here!
So Why is The Keanu Code So Bodacious?
Beyond the tremendous innate entertainment value of this book the many way-useful insights it unveils can also have a most substantially excellent impact upon one's life! Totally! For instance you'll be able to experience the epic masterpiece films of Keanu Reeves like you've never experienced them before and you'll simultaneously gain insights into many of the hidden workings of our world!
While The Keanu Code's brief examination of secret societies and heinous conspiracies helps to shed light on the dark underbelly of the forces that many researchers (OK, conspiracy-theorists) claim dictate the course of world events, the book's examination of Chakras, Sacred Geometry, the multi-dimensional perspectives of the Kabbalah and the mechanics of the Maya Calendar and related systems offers much more positive and outstanding insights for accessing the deep truths and resplendently transcendent experiences hidden just behind the surface of our everyday reality!
“What are you trying to tell me? That I can dodge bullets” (if I support this book?)
"No, (insert name here). I'm trying to tell you that when you're ready, you won't have to."*
Oh Sorry. No, I wasn't trying to make any kind of threat, I was just like quoting The Matrix, you know. I do that sometimes. And no, regrettably I can't claim that reading The Keanu Code will automatically make you super awesome at Kung fu - but I do think that this book can totally make you way more smarter – as well as giving you insight into lots of important stuff that affects all of our lives but that almost no one ever thinks about (like the effects on our consciousness of the star Sirius or why characters in Keanu's films are always getting hurt in their left legs)– and could even start you off on a way efficient path to full-on Enlightenment through the triumphant teachings of No-Way Neo-Duddhism! - or to learning Kung fu! - or both!** Totally 'Whoa!' I know!
* * These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat or prevent any disease. (but please bear in mind that I kinda had to say that for legal reasons.)
Do You Have Proof?
While the suggestion that there are deep meanings and metaphysical “secrets of the universe” hidden just below the surface of a seemingly ridiculous (though way-Triumphant) film like Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure may sound funny (or even absurd) I think that you'll find that The Keanu Code presents an array of very non-bogus evidence in support of its unprecedented thesis. All of The Keanu Code's claims are presented in a clear manner that allows you to verify the book's claims through a resplendent and attentive re-watching of the various relevant and bodacious Keanu films – that is if you don't already have them memorized. I think you'll find that when it comes to Keanu's career a seemingly shallow surface often disguises a most profoundly vast ocean of illumination!
The simple act of paying attention can take you a long way.
- Keanu Reeves
What Excellence Is this Campaign Aiming to Accomplish Through Kickstarter?
Again, this Kickstarter campaign is seeking funds that will allow for the completion and a first printing of The Keanu Code for its totally triumphant release into the world!
Again, The Keanu Code is currently envisioned as a 'perfect-bound' soft-cover book of three-hundred-fifty or more pages and with 11” X 8.5” page dimensions and with ten or more full-page pictures and over one-hundred smaller illustrations and diagrams placed throughout the book to help clarify concepts discussed. Many of the full-page illustrations for the book are shown below in their current state of development (and most are even shown in color!). Again for a detailed overview of the book's contents as it now stands please click here.
Achieving the project's Kickstarter minimum goal of $15,069 will just make it possible to print the book in a quantity that will keep the per/book price reasonably affordable as well as helping to fund the completion and quality editing of the last ten-percent of the book that remains to be finished. The details of financial considerations, printing plans, preparations and follow-up promotions as well as the remaining work needed to bring the book to a high-quality completion are discussed further on down the page.
Here's A Few Other Reasons Why The Keanu Code Is Likely To Be An Unprecedentedly Bodacious Experience for You!
If You've Always Sensed That There is Something More Going On Behind Keanu's Many “Enigmatic” Big Screen Appearances, But Just Couldn't Quite Put Your Finger On It.
Then this multi-dimensional book will come as a welcome relief and comforting conformation of your deep inner intuitions! Because yes, there is indeed a vast universe of very potent meaning just behind the veneer of Keanu's often vacuous-appearing big screen appearances. I personally couldn't claim to know if Mr. Reeves himself is at all aware of the many very relevant patterns underlying his blockbuster roles, but in reading about his life I've gotten the impression that Keanu really is decently intelligent along with being a good-hearted guy too. It may be that he's been so engaged in the process of movie-making that the momentous sub-textual elements flowing under the surface of his films have so far escaped his notice. But hey that's why we have weirdos like me!
If You Think You Just Want to Be Entertained and Laugh a Bit at a Ridiculous Book - But Really Subconsciously Want to Loosen Your Grip on Everyday Reality and Begin to Dissolve Some of the Dogmatic Belief Structures That Are Keeping You Stuck.
The Keanu Code certainly contains a bunch of jokes that are funny to me at least and I'll certainly agree that the whole idea of a code behind Keanu's films is pretty hilarious. But then the more you read and seriously think about the ideas the book presents – and hopefully re-watch some of the relevant movies too – that's when things may start to get a little strange. While I won't suggest that you should read the book while on acid – cause 'that would be wrong' The Keanu Code certainly contains plenty of material challenging consensus views about topics as diverse as astro-dynamics, sex, drugs, rock n' roll, the history of religions, dolphins, the dynamic forces behind our collective history and the nature of Time and Space. If you start with noticing the metaphysical messages in Keanu's movies you may soon find yourself exploring related theories about other pop-cultural phenomena on “synchromysticism” websites and all the surreal synchronicities you come across could even end up making you wonder if we really are living in a kind of Matrix. . . .
Other Questions and Concerns About the Book
Will The Keanu Code Teach Me How to Surf or Skydive?
I really don't think so – at least not unless you're a lot better at finding hidden messages and instructions in stuff than I am. In any case please definitely don't try skydiving or even surfing using just this book as a basis. Thanks.
Is The Keanu Code just a book for Dudes or will Babes (Ladies) like it too?
Totally! Just like how there's the Princesses in the Wyld Stallyn's band, Tyler teaches Johnny Utah to surf and Trinity kicks ass and even saves Neo in The Matrix so The Keanu Code most certainly holds massive appeal to members of the feminine gender! In fact one of the main themes of the book is how the Keanu films – from River's Edge to The Matrix, Sweet November and The Lake House - depict a steady improvement in the role of the female characters - from being victimized to totally kicking ass! I see this subtle evolution depticted in Keanu's movies as a kind of cinematic portrayal of the reemergence of the sacred feminine - if that doesn't sound too woo woo. Also I hear that lotsa babes think Keanu is hot – and so women (and some guys too) might like the book cause of its sexy illustrations. (oh yeah I guess there's a few naked babes/girls in the pictures too). But really though I think the book could be inspiring and empowering for anyone – dudettes as well as dudes – and maybe even kids – at least the parts of the book that are appropriate for them.
By the way technically “dude” (in its contemporaneous usage) can refer to either a male or female – as of course can “babe” but here I'm using the more common conventions of dude (=male) and babe (female) for general clarity and convenience – but I don't mean to be sexist or anything.
And Why is The Keanu Code Resplendently Stellar?
Well, I'm glad you asked just that question though I don't really know what it means. Beyond The Keanu Code's overall awesomeness it does have a special stellar focus – especially in regards to the many mysteries surrounding the bright Dog-Star - no not so much Keanu's former band – but the actual star Sirius up in the sky! Beyond Keanu's Dog-star band connection a surprisingly plentiful number of symbols and 'code-names' that turn up throughout his films give him an especially strong resonance with the Dog Star Sirius. From Ancient Egypt to modern teachings of secret societies there have long been many esoteric traditions and unanswered questions surrounding Sirius one of the brightest stars in the sky and The Keanu Code presents solutions to many of these enigmas as well insights into the Dog Star's surprising connections to the 2012-era ending of the Maya Calendar and the great cycle of the Ages!
You Mentioned That The 2012 End of the Maya Calendar was a Part of the Keanu Code Too – So Dude Isn't It A Little Bit Late For That?
Whoa! Are you forgetting that not just the Bill and Ted films, but The Lake House and even The Matrix are movies centered around time-travel!? Also all of these films as well as Speed are about overcoming seemingly impossible odds in last-minute situations – and anyway wouldn't it totally suck to have gotten this bodacious book before December 21, 2012 and then have the world end just as you're sitting down to read it? Now that the supposed threat of the end of the Maya Long-count calendar is no longer looming over our heads we can begin to see the 2012-era as a time of transition and re-birth – which appears to be how the ancient Maya who set up the calendar system viewed our times anyway. But this is not at all to say that the end of the Maya Long-count calendar isn't relevant to our times – in fact it's way way unprecedentedly relevant and already has and will continue to herald a number of momentous world changes! The Maya end-date really is an important theme of the Keanu Code and the book will look at the phenomena and theories surrounding this, our current era, in some depth – and especially how it's all portrayed in the Keanu blockbuster Speed and how the ideas of time-travel and time cycles play into the whole situation too!
How Will The Keanu Code Help Me to Better Party On and Be Excellent to Each Other?
Dude! That's a really big question that I really don't feel like tackling just now. But I sure think that it totally will! And the No-Way teachings shared for Free at Neo-Duddhism.org that were mentioned a little earlier will totally help one to maximally fulfil these two most bodacious Bill and Ted-ish “commandments” - and will be increasingly featuring useful info to help everyone better achieve more and more triumphant excellence and partying-on-ness!
Will Reading The Keanu Code Make Me Paranoid or Hopeful?
While a couple early chapters in The Keanu Code do focus a bit on secret societies and a few of the well-documented conspiracy theories related to such organizations it does so not just because these are repeating subtle themes that show up in a number of Mr. Reeve's films but also because these secretive organizations and even conspiracies tie into other more positive themes dealt with in the book. Delving a little into this aspect of the negative side of things is necessary as a foundation to more fully comprehend later chapters. Also, the covert activities of more-or-less clandestine organizations really have long influenced world events and in order to truly be a well-informed earthling-dudette or dude it's good to have some understanding of such behind-the-scenes going ons. The Keanu Code also points out that secretive groups have arguably had positive as well as negative effects on our world and examines some of the more useful or positive ideas and accomplishments passed on by secret societies too. It's all part of Partying on here on planet Earth amigos.
Will The Keanu Code Piss Me Off?
That is a good question, and while I really hope that the book won't piss anyone off I have to acknowledge that it'll probably upset some people. So it's a good idea to emphasize a few warnings here: The chapter analyzing the movie Johnny Mnemonic (with all the John and Jack names in the title) might bother some people because the message that the film's symbolism points to pretty strongly questions things like the historical veracity of the commonly accepted account of early Christianity as well as a few other long-standing religious dogmas. Also some-less-than complimentary terms will likely be used in regards to a few well-known dogmatic materialism-oriented 'scientists' and popular “skeptics” too. So yeah, I guess it's possible the book might piss off a considerable percentage of the population – at least a little bit – but only if they have a dogmatic belief structure that they're really uptight about and don't like to think much outside certain narrow limits. And in that case it'll probably be good for them.
To again quote some Matrix characters:
Morpheus: [to Neo who is choosing the red pill] 'Remember... all I'm offering is the truth. Nothing more.'
Neo: 'No, I don't believe it. It's not possible.'
Morpheus: 'I didn't say it would be easy, Neo. I just said it would be the truth.'
And actually besides potentially disagreeable or uncomfortable truths there's a lot of puns and kind of obsessive alliteration throughout The Keanu Code's especially in its section and sub-section titles – and I imagine that could get pretty annoying for some pun-averse people.
Also I'm really hoping that Mr. Keanu Reeves himself will not be annoyed by this book and that he'll even find it interesting and maybe get a new perspective on what his career is about. He seems like a genuinely nice guy so I really don't want to encourage more paparazzi intrusion into his life or anything else like that.
So What Other Portentous Subjects Can I Expect to Learn About in The Keanu Code?
There's lots and lots! Let's see there's:
- The two main esoteric reasons why Keanu stars in so many 'John'-roles.
- The weird synchronous links between Keanu, Uma Thurman and Winnona Ryder.
- An explanation of how Wyld Stallyns really can save the world!
- The strange symbolic animosity between Keanu and actor Gary Oldman – two big-time avatars of the binary star system Sirius.
- The significance of extraterrestrial fish-people to ancient and future human civilizations.
- The many eerie links between Keanu's film roles and the life and philosophy of the infamous 20th-century magician, spy and early proponent of transformational sexuality and drug use Aleister Crowley.
- Interesting links between Keanu and the ultra-Jesus-resonating actor James Cavaziel – who also appears as a cinematic representative of “the one”.
- An introduction to the fascinating modern phenomenon of 'synchromysticism' a kind of systematic unveiling of the deep messages in popular culture.
- A pretty in-depth introduction to the mechanics of the Maya calendar system.
- The basics of the initiatory structure and ritual of Freemasonry and related organizations.
- The amazing sacred-geometry connections between the Chinese divinatory classic the Yi-Jing, DNA, Tarot cards and the Kabbalah.
- An introduction to the Tibetan and Egyptian “Books of the Dead” as well as Dante's Divine Comedy in light of Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey.
- The transcendental links between superstring theory, the Kabbalah, Buckminster Fuller and the Platonic Solids.
- The meaning of the weird alien dudes, Station, from Bogus Journey.
- Secrets of how long-term cycles of time affect human consciousness.
- And again an introduction to the essentials of Neo-Duddhist Philosophy, Meditation, Chi-Gung, and 'Inner-Alchemy' …
- Of course there's also several basic overviews of Keanu's biggest films and the basics of his own biography too!
- and yet so so much more!
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Risks and challenges
How Far Along is The Book and What are the Next Steps to Completion?
At this point the vast majority (about 90%) of the writing and artwork for the book is complete - and I plan to have it ready for printing within a month of completing the Kickstarter campaign after which an additional month to two months is usually required for the book's printing. E-books and other rewards will of course be ready to go a little more quickly. The choice of a printer has been narrowed down to a few Midwest companies and shipping plans are being organized, the purchase of ISBN numbers as well as UPC codes are in the works and a big fun and low-cost follow-up marketing -promotion plan is just waiting to be put into action.
What Are Some More Financial Specifics?
Again the goal of this Kickstarter campaign is to acquire funds to cover the last few months of production of the book and to allow for a first print run of the book. I hope to be able to print as many as 5,000 copies of the book as there's a substantial price drop-off at this quantity that will allow for the book to retail at a reasonable price and for the content of the book to be even more excellent! If the Kickstarter funding goal is achieved and an adequate percentage of reward pledges are for the book itself then this level of printing will be possible. If it doesn't work out quite that way but the campaign is still successful then I'll be able to print 3,000 copies or less. The project funding goal and printing estimations take into account expenses such as the 7 to10% share of pledged funds that go to Kickstarter and Amazon Payments as well as initial delivery, shipping costs and a few other factors. If the project just barely makes the minimum goal then 90 to100% of the funds will go towards the actual printing and shipping of the book along with the other rewards items. If the campaign goal is exceeded that would be way great and costs won't be so close to the line – and as you can see below various other bonuses will become unlocked to contributors at specific pledge levels!
In any case as long as there is a reasonably substantial show of support for the project I plan to complete the book with or without funds and continue to follow a frugal lifestyle -living in basements, etc. if that is what it takes. But I really do hope that this campaign succeeds in a very tremendous way as that would allow a lot more of the bodacious potential of No-Way Neo-Duddhism to begin to manifest!
The Current State of the Book and Other Elements of the Project
The first challenge to finishing this project and making sure everyone receives the appropriate rewards for their support is of course the completion of the book itself. With only about 10% or less of the work left to be done I see reaching the finish as a very attainable goal with about three more month's of intensive work after the completion of the campaign - by sometime in May of 2014. Allowing a month for printing reward items should be ready to ship by mid to late June. I will be working assiduously on the book during the campaign as well to whatever degree the demands of the Kickstarter process allow and smaller reward items such as bumper-stickers, prayer flags and T-shirts are ready to go into production.
The following are some more detailed thoughts on what still needs to be completed in the project and some potential challenges that might come up along the way.
The essential substance of the text is all in place but a good deal of the grammar, section transitions, overall flow of presentation style and other details still need fine editing. While I have been helped by a few generous volunteer writer-editor friends I look forward to hiring professional editorial help for the final fine-tuning of the book – and have a few specific editors in mind for that stage of the process.
Illustrations and Technical Issues
More than 85% of the illustrations for the book are complete – and the remaining required illustrations are relatively simple. But the process of integrating pictures within the text has only just begun and I'm still becoming familiar with the 'page-making' programs that will be used to make a cohesive PDF file for printing. But a number of friends have experience in these fields and the Internet always seems to be a ready resource for answers – especially when it comes to technical questions about computer programs.
The creation of the e-book version of the book is a technical obstacle that may prove a bit more challenging. Though much of the programs used to create e-books are identical or the same as those used in formating the layout for a physical book there are still likely some conversion details that will present little difficulties along the way,
features. Additionally there's the matter of including special e-book bonus features and the fact that this stage cannot fully begin until the book itself is pretty much complete. But these issues are by no means insurmountable and at worst will just take a bit of intensive learning.
Shipping / Order Fulfillment
In regards to shipping and all-around order fulfillment proper boxes, invoice set-up, address label-making and a few other technical details for mailing the books and related items still need to be organized but I have past experience in these matters and don't foresee these technical details as being a particular challenge.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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