Our campaign is over but you will still be able to get Unshelved ebooks and USB drives. Head over here for more information!
For over a dozen years Unshelved has been telling the story of a small public library. It is widely beloved by library employees, teachers, students, and book nerds around the world. You may have seen our Library Ranger Badges Kickstarter.
We have published ten collections of Unshelved strips, but they've never been available as ebooks. Let's fix that.
With your help we're going to produce a DRM-free ebook of each printed Unshelved collection: Unshelved, What Would Dewey Do?, Library Mascot Cage Match, Book Club, Read Responsibly, Frequently Asked Questions, Reader's Advisory, Large Print, Too Much Information, and Bibliovores. Each will contain all of the content of the original printed book (a total of almost 4000 strips!) with remastered art at Retina resolutions, in both EPUB and PDF formats.
But that's not all. If we can sell enough we'll add an ebook of our upcoming eleventh collection and if we sell even more we'll collect all our Unshelved Book Club strips, including hundreds never before published, into a special ebook. And you have our permission to print out these high resolution book recommendations and display them in your library, school, or bookstore.
Just for fun you'll have the option to get your ebooks on a custom 8GB USB drive shaped like a card catalog drawer. We have a small quantity of signed and numbered "Early Edition" drives on hand, which we will ship in November, perfect for holiday gifts. The rest of the drives will likely ship in late December, and may not arrive in time for the holidays (but we'll do our best).
We think Unshelved ebooks belong in libraries, so if we can meet our goals we will donate our ebooks to libraries to circulate for free!
Finally, Gene and I have a lot to say about our work, and if we meet our most optimistic goals we will record a page-by-page audio commentary for each book. Follow along with us as we talk about strips we haven't read in years, recall the true-life stories behind them, and constantly worry that our best work is behind us.
You can enhance your order by adding the following items. Simply add the price shown below to the cost of your premium. After the campaign is over we'll confirm the details of your order. (This part is a little confusing so feel free to ask for help.)
Thanks for helping bring Unshelved into the digital age!
Gene & Bill, the Unshelved guys
Risks and challenges
Bill has successfully created ebooks for his other comic strip, Not Invented Here (http://notinventedhe.re), and so at this point there are no technical hurdles. It's just a bunch of work. The goals are set at appropriate levels to pay for his time to work on this project, and his schedule will be arranged accordingly.
We have extensive experience creating a wide variety of merchandise. We have already successfully produced an initial run of the USB drives, and making more is a simple matter of reordering from our supplier.
We have been fulfilling our own merchandise for a dozen years, and have successfully processed three Kickstarters to date, so we anticipate no issues satisfying our backers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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