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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.

About Lit.Spins:

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!

Why Vinyls? 

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? 

Email:litspins@gmail.com 

Twitter: @litspins 

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!

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    Penny For Your Thoughts

    Just say YES!! to Lit.Spins because no other subscription box service will love you like I love you.

    Backers at this tier will get access to our special Lit.Spinners affiliate program.

    What does that mean?

    During the development and growth of the Lit.Spin community we will be creating what we call the "Lit.Spinner Box"

    We will be taking weekly submissions ideas for great pairing. If we also love your pairing idea you will be able to receive commission on all sales of the Featured Box.

    This reward will only be offered for this tier and only to the beloved Kickstarter Community

    All members of this tier will also be invited to join our Weekly Newsletter for all the exciting updates and featured pairing ideas! All backers will also be thanked on all social media outlets and our website as an honorary "Lit.Spinner"

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    For Those Who Think CDs are Better...

    Welcome to the Lit.Spins Community!

    Backers at this tier get the CD version of the Lit.Spins (CD + Novel) box with the option to renew or upgrade.

    Your first box will include;

    Album: 3 Feet High and Rising by De La Soul
    Book: I Wonder as I Wander: An Autobiographical Journey by Langston Hughes

    All members of this tier will be invited to join the Lit.Spinners Forums to connect with other Lit.Spin members, and will receive access to our Weekly Newsletter for exciting updates! All backers will also be thanked on all social media outlets and our website as an official "Lit.Spinner"

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    Backers at this tier will get your first curated Lit.Spins (Vinyl + Novel) box with the option to renew or upgrade.

    Your first box will include;

    Album: Surprise!!!
    Book: Surprise!!!

    All members will be invited to join the Lit.Spinners Forums to connect with other Lit.Spin members, and will receive access to our Weekly Newsletter for exciting updates! All backers will also be thanked on all social media outlets and our website as an official "Lit.Spinner"

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    It's Lit!!!

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    Backers at this tier will get your first curated Deluxe Lit.Spins (Vinyl + CD + 2 Books) box with the option to renew, upgrade or even downgrade (no judgement if you do).

    Your first box will include;

    Vinyl Album: Surprise!!!
    CD Album: Kind Of Blue by Miles Davis
    Book #1: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
    Book#2: Surprise!!!

    All members will be invited to join the Lit.Spinners Forums to connect with other Lit.Spin members, and will receive access to our Weekly Newsletter for exciting updates! All backers will also be thanked on all social media outlets and our website as an official"Lit.Spinner"

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    Welcome to the Lit.Spins Community!

    This tier will get you a three month subscription to Muse Monthly. That's three new novels and three new albums to try!

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    Backers at this tier will get you a three month subscription of curated Lit.Spins (Vinyl + Books + Special Suprises)

    Welcome to the Lit.Spins Community!

    3-month subscribers will also get access to extra cool things along the way!

    All members will be invited to join the Lit.Spinners Forums to connect with other Lit.Spin members, and will receive access to our Weekly Newsletter for exciting updates! All backers will also be thanked on all social media outlets and our website as an official "Lit.Spinner"

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    Chapter 6

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    Backers at this tier will get you a six month subscription of curated Lit.Spins (Vinyl + Books + Special Suprises)

    Welcome to the Lit.Spins Community!

    6-month subscribers will also get access to extra cool things along the way!

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    Backers at this tier will get you a three month subscription of curated Deluxe Lit.Spins (Vinyl + CD + 2 Books) box with the option to renew, upgrade or even downgrade (no judgement if you do).

    Your first box will include;

    Vinyl Album: Surprise!!!
    CD Album: Kind Of Blue by Miles Davis
    Book #1: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
    Book#2: Surprise!!!

    All members will be invited to join the Lit.Spinners Forums to connect with other Lit.Spin members, and will receive access to our Weekly Newsletter for exciting updates! All backers will also be thanked on all social media outlets and our website as an official "Lit.Spinner"

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    Backers at this tier will get you a year subscription of curated Lit.Spins (Vinyl + Books + Special Suprises)

    Welcome to the Lit.Spins Community!

    12-month subscribers will also get access to extra cool things along the way!

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