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The greatest work IN English literature, now in the greatest format OF English literature: a chooseable-path adventure!
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Ryan North

15,352 backers pledged $580,905 to help bring this project to life.

UPDATE: paperbacks all signed, also we blew a world record out of the water

FIRST: we have still not sent out the backer surveys: when we do, we will ask for your most current address. Until then, move as much as you want!

Today I signed the 13,200th paperback, which was incidentally the one that marked EVERY KICKSTARTER PAPERBACK IS NOW SIGNED. 13,200 copies. It totally happened. Then I signed 1000 of the bookplates for the hardcovers, and I'll put those to bed tomorrow. I've gone through 13 Sharpies so far, so that's about one every 1000 books. They still work, but they started to put out a little less ink which meant a little more resistance, and so it was SEE YOU LATER SHARPIE, I'MA GET A NEW ONE NOW, THANKS.

Thank you all for your support, and your concerns about my hands! I have been wearing a wrist guard and also have been very careful to vary my position and what I was doing. It wasn't like "sign, sign, sign, sign" until books had my name on them. This was the process:

  • get box of books from cart
  • gently overturn box of books on table
  • sit down, carefully open up each of the 14 books, write my name in them
  • stand up, put books back in box
  • put box on cart
  • repeat

The advantage of this process was I was never signing more that 14 books at a time (sometimes 28, if I did two boxes at once) before giving my wrist a break while I moved around and did other activities. After the first day, James at Amplifier (they are the ones who will be shipping you your books) helped me do the "back in boxes, back on cart" stage, which increased my efficiency from 20 boxes an hour to over 30. He calculated today that he's moved 27 tons of books (because he's moved each book twice). Sheesh.

INCIDENTALLY, I was informed that if you look up the Guinness World Record for Most Books Signed In A Single Session, that record stands at 1951. I signed 4340 books yesterday alone. We did more than TWICE the world record, you guys. Guinness probably won't accept it because they didn't have an observer there, but a few weeks from now, when you have your books, know that not only is it the product of a record-setting Kickstarter, it's also the product of a world-record setting signing.

Dang, y'all.

Comments

    1. Creator Sonia Koval on June 28, 2013

      Aack! That should be "*is* going" and a "*nice* touch"! Autocorrect strikes again!

    2. Creator Sonia Koval on June 28, 2013

      @Reid -- me too! Especially as one of my Best Bud copies OS going to be a gift; I think the addition of the Updates Printout would be a once touch.

    3. Creator Reid Harris Cooper on June 28, 2013

      I just realized these Kickstarter updates won't be in the final product... damn it. I'll need to print them all, the chronicle of To Be or Not To Be has been as awesome as what the book itself shall be.

    4. Creator Thosw on June 27, 2013

      FYI: The reason the record seems so low is that the process for getting Guinness to certify a record can happen one of two ways, neither of which people want or can afford to do. 1) Guinness will send you an extremely thick binder with all the rules, etc. you have to follow to get the record certified, which is usually too time-consuming and not worth it, or 2) You pay Guinness to send out one of their representatives (paying all costs, natch) to certify the record.

      I know these because the company I work for was going to set a record for most paper recycled at one event and I talked one of our marketing representatives who explained how Guinness explained it to him. Ultimately, the company decided that it wasn't worth the hassle and just kept internal records.

      That's why you'll see records that look incredibly easy to break - how much time and money have you got to spare?

    5. Creator Steve Baines on June 27, 2013

      ... and then anyone who gets one should take a photo of themselves with it, sign the photo (with the sharpie, of course) and send it to you, and you can then assemble the photos into an artistic configuration, and then sign it...

    6. Creator Steve Baines on June 27, 2013

      mp said "Why not totally randomly and secretly distribute the Sharpies among some of the packages? After signing THEM too, of course."

      You've GOT to do this. A signed sharpie that was used for signing in a record-smashing signing session.
      It's just too Meta to not do it!

    7. Creator Gavin Lambert - Tormented Dreamer on June 27, 2013

      This is why you film such things. For the behind-the-scenes reel. And the memoirs. And the world records. :)

      But I have to second what others have said. Even if for the updates alone (let alone the amazingly cool book and other stuff that will be at the end of it) this has been the most consistently entertaining KS I've ever been involved in. Kudos.

    8. Creator Jasper Janssen on June 27, 2013

      Best kickstarter ever.

    9. Creator Niels on June 27, 2013

      That would be fun to see, where they will show up and how many will contact you back to tell you, that they received one. Or they have to send you one signed by them first and you send out one of yours.

    10. Creator Maciej Karwacki on June 27, 2013

      4340 books signed in a day. We created a monster o_o

    11. Creator mp on June 27, 2013

      Why not totally randomly and secretly distribute the Sharpies among some of the packages?
      After signing THEM too, of course.

    12. Creator Jennifer Graves on June 26, 2013

      At $0.50/update, even if I wasn't getting a boatload of awesome stuff when it's all ready, this is still the best $25 I've spent in the last year. Are you celebrating in Austin when you're all done? Can we buy you a drink, and maybe hold it for you?

    13. Creator Brian Birmingham on June 26, 2013

      I agree. You're an amazingly rad person to support, Ryan. You give amazingly rad updates, that are both informative, and entertaining.

      Your signing feats are also amazingly rad.

      Keep on kicking ass.

    14. Creator Kailan May on June 26, 2013

      "FIRST: we have still not sent out the backer surveys: when we do, we will ask for your most current address. Until then, move as much as you want!"

      As weird as it is, I'm so thankful that you put these parts into your posts. I've been involved in a few other Kickstarters that'll post updates, but never say if they've given out BETA codes for games or shipped various products. I even had to contact a company about it at one point because they never said if they had or hadn't shipped something and due to me jumping between locations it created a problem that I might have missed the deadline to submit an address, which I was going to submit depending on where I'd be most likely when it arrives.

      Again, thank you for it.

    15. Creator Ryan Huff on June 26, 2013

      A Sharpie that is.

    16. Creator Ryan Huff on June 26, 2013

      Can I buy one?

    17. Creator Unclever title on June 26, 2013

      Definitely do something with the left over sharpies. I'm imagining a birthday cake with extremely dangerous candles... but don't let my imaginiation shackle you to a fiery yet delicious demise, be creative!

    18. Creator roy cowing on June 26, 2013

      You should use a ROBOSIGNER! I hear Bank of America has a couple used ones for cheap!

    19. Creator Wymar on June 26, 2013

      Update #50?

      *throws flaming confetti around*

    20. Creator Dominick Cancilla on June 26, 2013

      That is just too awesome! I once did a book signing for only 1,000 copies and thought I was going to die.

      Can I call dibs on the last one you signed? If so, "Dibs!"

    21. Creator safyrejet on June 26, 2013

      Dude you are hard core.

    22. Creator Jed Kronfeld on June 26, 2013

      You miiiight be able to get the record verified by RecordSetter

    23. Creator Ashara on June 26, 2013

      Thank you for these updates! This was the first kickstarter project which I backed, and it's been the updates which have made it a truly great experience and that have let me feel I'm truly part of this project. Congrats on the signing record - Guinness-verified or not!

    24. Creator Alejandro Lorente Pons on June 26, 2013

      I wish I had pledged for the paper book... :(

    25. Creator Richard Luijten on June 26, 2013

      That is absolutely amazing dude. I kinda wish we would've checked that record before hand so someone could be there to watch you break it and you'd have to recognition you deserve.
      My Dutch hat goes off to you, sir.