A Travel to Europe's Last Wilderness (Canceled)
A Travel to Europe's Last Wilderness (Canceled)
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About this project
This book will be available both as English and German versions!
Dieses Buch wird in einer Deutschen und in einer Englischen Fassung erhältlich sein!
This book, written in both English and German, takes you on a unique tour by car from Gothenburg through Trondheim in Norway up to the city of Mo I Rana and further to the Arctic Circle. From there it goes back to Gothenburg via Sundsvall and Gävle on the Swedish east coast. The region of Hemavan-Tärnaby in Swedish Lapland is described in more detail. On 246 pages with more than 400 own high quality color images, maps and illustrations this book brings you close to a very special region in the north of Scandinavia, which CNN described as “Europe’s Last Wilderness”. Besides picturing both the wild and untouched part of Lapland and the more accessible highlights of Lapland, the book features the cultural heritage of Sami, Lapland’s indigenous people.
Already on my first visit to Swedish Lapland I got addicted to repeatedly traveling there. Scandinavians sometimes call it “Lapland Virus”. In preparation of my travel I did not quite find the desired information in a single book. Instead, I had to search for it in libraries and on the internet. After my last visit in the North I decided to use the information I had gathered to write an own book, which would serve equally well as a stimulant as a basis for configuring one’s own travel and activities. Also people that are just interested in Lapland will enjoy reading this book. Furthermore, it informs about Gothenburg from where the travel begins and where it ends, and about several other beautiful places on the route.
It is worth mentioning that the described travels and visits take place during the warmer seasons, when there is so much more to be seen than white mountains and snowy forests. In contrast, for many Scandinavians winter is the right time for a vacation in the North. They connect Lapland to winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding. Winter is considered “high season” with far higher prices for accommodation.
Please note that the currency for this project is Swedish krona (SEK) with 1 SEK ≈ 0,105 EUR ≈ 0,119 USD. The book in question will be available in both English and German. The two language versions comprise the same content.
- 458 own high quality images, illustrations and maps
- 246 full color pages
- Dimensions: (width) 305 mm * (height) 197 mm * (thickness) 27 mm. The dimensions make the book easy to transport and allow for both landscape pictures and text side by side.
- Weight: 1550 g
- Hardcover (3mm paper backing) with high quality binding
- Soft touch finish: makes the book cover silky and durable
- Paper: 170g Magno Satin paper
- Printing technique: UV-cured offset printing (yields rich, natural colors and prevents ghosting)
The book concept is based on both my own experience and on preferences of family and friends in different countries. When presenting the book manuscript to publishers, some found the book concept too narrow, others too broad, and the third group employed their own writers and was not interested in outsiders.
I like challenges, and decided to carry out the process of self-publishing. After all, as a photographer I have been working creatively with layouts. Also, I have been writing for customers all sorts of print material such as brochures.
After finalizing content and layout for both language versions, I tested different paper qualities, cover options, and manufacturers. Several prototypes were made by digital print. Now the final package is in place and waiting to be printed by an offset process. This is only feasible when a larger batch of books is ordered. Financing an order of this size is beyond my financial reach. Your funding will help making this project reality and getting this book into people’s hands.
If the fundraising goal is surpassed, the additional funds will be used to promote the book further. Also, it will help me with publishing other books. In this way your help will extend beyond this project.
The sum of SEK 375 000 (≈ $ 44 802 ≈ € 39 556) for printing a book may seem high. However, the book contains more than 400 pictures on 246 full color pages. The choice of a UV-offset process is important for obtaining rich and natural colors. Printing 3000 books is a typical quantity also used in other successful fundraising campaigns. This will lower the cost per book significantly. Of these 3000 books, pledgers will receive 50-75%. The remaining books will be sold to shops and via Amazon. The profit will be used for funding future publishing projects.
In order to control the cost for printing two language versions I use a technique called “versioning”, where only the black text is version specific. For the book cover I have chosen a silky and durable soft touch laminate on a thick 3 mm hardcover. This enhances the visual impression further and protects the book from scratches and fingerprints. A fifth of the pledged amount is allocated to shipping cost. This may seem much compared to successful projects in the US. However, shipping costs in Europe are considerably higher.
The fine art prints and e-books will have little effect on the calculation. Swedish VAT for the reward books is included in the calculation. Income tax will be paid by me. Where applicable (outside the EU), receivers will have to take care of a potential customs clearance.
Since all books will be shipped to me, I will rent a small storage for one month. During this time, I will send out all your rewards.
Please see the 10 different rewards on the right side of the page. For your support of this campaign, I am offering you first-edition hardcover books in the language you prefer (English or German), an e-book of the entire book, the e-book “Lapland in a Nutshell” (exclusively made for all pledgers), and exclusive fine art prints of select book images.
The hardcover book and e-books are all available in German and English.
7.10. Kickstarter project deadline:
The books are ordered, the fine art prints are printed and links to your digital book copies will be sent out.
4.11. All books are delivered to me:
Sending out your reward books starts immediately.
5.12. All reward books have been sent out.
I will be able to order the books as soon as the pledge goal is reached. This could be even before the end of the fundraising campaign and speeds up the delivery of your reward books. I will keep you informed about the status.
This book is the result of many people working together. I would like to thank:
- The team of Livonia Print
- My father, Peter Idelmann, who encouraged me and helped me writing and proofreading the book.
- My friends and acquaintances in Lapland who gave valuable advice.
- All of my family, friends and online contacts, who helped me in many ways.
Risks and challenges
When publishing a book with time constraints, there is always a risk of a delay in the process of printing, binding, and shipping. I am addressing this by working with an experienced printing company, which did a great job with manufacturing the book prototypes. The result is excellent as you can see in the pictures above and the final offset print quality will be even better.
Packaging, labeling, and sending out your rewards will start immediately when the books arrive. With the help from family members and friends I expect to get the work accomplished in a timely manner.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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