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We want to repurpose professional books by hand to conceal Italian glass flasks, bringing a little joy (and booze) to all.
We want to repurpose professional books by hand to conceal Italian glass flasks, bringing a little joy (and booze) to all.
We want to repurpose professional books by hand to conceal Italian glass flasks, bringing a little joy (and booze) to all.
157 backers pledged $19,016 to help bring this project to life.

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Bender Bound's booze books will be featured on NBC's TODAY show with Kathie Lee and Hoda on January 2.  Thank you, Kickstarter!

International backers:  Please contact us before ordering so we can send you an estimate on shipping costs.  We can't afford free international shipping, although we wish we could!

Print is dead, long live Print!

A.  Our idea

We've come up with a new twist on the book flask.  Rather than mass-produce fake books, or concentrate on the classics, we want to take professional and reference books like legal reporters, medical books, cook books, dictionaries, even parenting books, and repurpose them to conceal Italian glass flasks.  

Our goal is to inject some excitement into these otherwise bland texts and bring a bit of levity and rebellion to the people who need it most.  And if we happen to create the perfect gift for all occasions along the way, so be it. 

A.  We need your help!

Books are expensive, even used books.  One Federal Reporter costs $25.   Cook books and medical books aren't much cheaper. We are hoping to eventually buy books in bulk to keep the costs down, but for now we make do with the quantities we can afford.

And almost all the other materials we want to use are crafted in some exotic location around the world.  For example, the glass flasks are imported from Italy, but they fit so beautifully in our books!

The wax we use for our Bender Bound seal is handmade in Scotland and the decorative background paper is handmade in Nepal.  

Bottom line: quality is not cheap.

Getting our books cut is also expensive.  We are working with a scenery shop and they are offering us a great deal, but it still runs upwards of $150 per hour to use their tools.  

And putting it all together in a kickbutt Brooklyn woodshop can be costly.  For example, we need to build giant clamping devices like this one to properly glue the books.  

C.  Our plan for the $3,000

Just so you don't think we are going to squander all your generous donations on comic books and cotton candy, here is our very carefully thought out plan for the $3,000.

Medical Books = $400
Cook books = $400
Law books = $500
Custom wax seal with new logo = $125
Wood, glue, paper, wax and flasks = $475
Kickstarter / Amazon fee = $300

Time on the scenery shop tools = $800

D.  Our plan beyond $3,000

We hoped, but never expected, to have such a strong outpouring of support. While we set our goal on raising $3,000, we can definitely use more funds to continue to expand into other categories of books. We are now planning on repurposing:  Wealth of Nations, Advanced Programming UNIX Environment ($145), Oxford dictionary, What to Expect the First Year, and Mastering the Art of French Cooking.  So please, keep those pledges coming if you believe in our project.

We would also love suggestions on: (1) future categories of books we should use, (2) cheaper sources for used books, especially in bulk, and (3) any popular/classic, thick, hardcover computer programming and parenting books that are cheap. 

Thank you so much for your time and support!!!

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    Cheers! Every dollar helps! For your generosity, we'll give you a thank you on the Bender Bound facebook page and a tweet on the BenderBound twitter page. George Washington himself would be proud!

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    We will give you a place of honor on the wall of backers section of our website. Unless you ask us not to. Then we're gonna want to know why you're ashamed of us. Is it the booze books?

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    Now things are heating up. For your generous pledge we will send you a handwritten recipe for dare we say the greatest Bloody Mary of all time. Your hangover will thank you.

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    We will literally come to your house and clean your bathroom. Too creepy? Okay, how about a glass flask imported from Italy with custom seal made with wax imported from Scotland? Deal.

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    T-shirt. Yep, that just happened. We will silk screen till our hands go numb so you can proudly display the Bender Bound logo. You're welcome, and by welcome, we mean THANK YOU!

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    Glass flask + t-shirt = hero

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    This is it!!! You get your choice of the Bender Bound repurposed books we have to offer. This includes a glass flask and handmade background paper imported from Nepal. And free shipping.

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    You asked for it, we're repurposing it. Advanced Programing UNIX Environment by W. Richard Stevens. Pay homage to the programming forefathers.

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    You get a limited edition Bender Bound repurposed book with a library card in the inside cover to track usage. Plus we will include a personalized inscription of your choice and a super sweet wrapping job.

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    You asked for it, we're giving it to you. Two of our Bender Bound classics, because one is the loneliest number that you'll ever do.

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    You pick the book and we will convert it for you into a Bender Bound repurposed book as long as it is big enough and of reasonable price. Plus the fixings. Plus the inscription.

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    Because two can be just as bad, it's the loneliest number since the number one, we will send you three Bender Bound classics, one of which will be our super special limited edition version. Did we just use too many commas? Forgetaboutit.

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    Your kindness is matched only by your good looks. For your generosity, we will give you your pick of five limited edition Bender Bound repurposed books. Plus we will give you a behind the scenes tour of our workshop. Maybe you can help dispel the rumors that we employ workshop elves to make our products.

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    We will create a custom minibar to sit on your bookshelf that will look like a row of books of your choosing but will open to reveal a decanter and matching glasses. You are all that is awesome.

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