Lit.Spins : The First Ever Book + Vinyl Subscription Box
Lit.Spins : The First Ever Book + Vinyl Subscription Box
I want to ask you a question. If you had to pair a classic album with one of your favorite books, what would your choices be?
I want to ask you a question. If you had to pair a classic album with one of your favorite books, what would your choices be? Read more
About this project
Do you have an answer?
Good. How did you choose? Did you just go and pick your favorite book and favorite album? Or did you pick two pieces of works in which you saw some type of connection? Did you think of similar names like "The Color Purple" and Purple Rain?” “Songs in the Key of Life” with “Song of Solomon?”
Maybe you went deeper, looking for thematic tissue or DNA that revealed a kinship between the two works. Maybe in reading the “Autobiography of Malcolm X,” you heard the inner city blues and personal turmoil reverbrating through Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On.” Or, in hearing India Arie’s soulful tribute to self-love and black beauty in her album “Acoustic Soul,” you thought of the same aspirations of self-worth in Zora Neale Hurston’s “Their Eyes Were Watching God.”
If you’re thinking you haven’t read enough books or listened to enough albums to make a choice, you’re most important. I thought of you most of all when I thought of this idea.
What Would I Pair?
One of my personal favorites is enjoying De La's "3 Feet High and Rising" with Langston's "I wonder as I wander"
Who am I?
My name is Bomani X, a twenty-something Digital Strategist originally from New York City, but currently living in the Bay Area of California. I created Lit.Spins when I realized the power and thrill in recognizing recurring themes I experienced whenever I picked up a new book or listened to an album. Reading Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist” not too long after graduating College and moving all the way to California from NY inspired me, but that wasn’t the “A-Hah” moment. It was when I listened to Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A butterfly” for the first time soon after, and how vividly I envisioned “The Alchemist’s” messages self-worth and perseverance, which strongly shaped how I perceived the album. With Lit. Spins, I want others to have a similar experience.
This is the first ever vinyl + book subscription box, a service that pairs both albums to books. Each month, every subscriber will get a custom-tailored book with an accompanying Vinyl CD delivered to your mailbox. Each Lit.Spins box will be specially curated, whether through thematic similarities, moods, or overall atmosphere, which we hope will entertain and enlighten. We want to provide a service that allows individuals to feel comfortable reading new books or exploring new music under the premise that they will be able to gain new perspectives on both the book, the album, and their own lives.
I want Lit.Spins to be an opportunity to expand both your musical and literary interests. Each month, we will feature different albums and books worthy of your time and attention. Over the course of your membership, you’re likely to receive a wide variety of music and books, spanning various genres, times periods, and artists worthy of multiple spins and reads. We want to make avid readers and music listeners out of our clientele, and we think Lit.Spins will help point the way forward. So curl up and enjoy!
Vinyl creates an environment for this connection through deep, active listening, which allows for a smooth transition into understanding important themes within a particular novel. Or vice versa.
Will I get to pick the book and album that is included?
At this stage in the game, we are working hard to choose books that we're sure you'll enjoy. As we grow, we will be able to provide more choices.
What will I get if I back this project?
For a pledge of $15, you'll get the CD version of the Lit.Spins (CD + Novel) box. Some people really prefer CDs over Vinyls, and we completely understand that. For a pledge of $25 you will get your very first Lit.Spins box! Your first box will come with members-only benefits, including access to our Lit.Spins Forums, where you can connect with other members to discuss your new book and album! If you're already in love and want more, you can also sign up for a three month, six month, or twelve month subscription, right off the bat! Also all the special gifts and exclusives along the way!
What does my money go towards?
Mainly, great content. Our focus is on providing great new novels and top quality music for you to relax with. Your investment will also go towards design creative packaging, marketing efforts, and building an amazing website.
What are the members only benefits you speak of?
Anyone who buys a subscription will have access to members-only portions of our website, including the Lit.Spinner Forums. This will allow you to connect with other members and discuss the books you're reading, the album you're listening to, the wine your drinking and whatever else you please. We are excited to build a community of music and book lovers..what we call Lit.Spinners. Will also get sneak previews of what will be included in upcoming boxes, exciting videos, and exclusive surprises. Everyone who donates will be added to our mailing list, but members will be the first to get feedback surveys, which will help us improve and curate great content for future boxes!
When can I expect my first box?
We are hoping to ship out the first box in the middle of October!
Where can we contact you?
Personal Twitter: Bomani X - @acebooncoon
Risks and challenges
Right now, the biggest risk would be in shipping delays.
All backers will be asked to provide their email, along with any social media links so that we can update you in case anything happens. Don't worry, we won't keep you in the dark!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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