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pledged of $2,070pledged of $2,070 goal
33
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, April 4 2013 5:24 PM UTC +00:00

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The E-Reading Revolution has Gone to the Toilet 

You might even say that its a movement!  Kindles, iPads, Nooks, E-Readers of all stripes are everywhere. And let's face it, there is one place where most of us like to read: the john.

But modern bathroom design has not kept up with our tablet toting e-reading habits. One day, while doing my business and enjoying my Kindle edition of the NY Times, I set my e-reader on the edge of the bathtub and it nearly fell in. This near-miss moment nearly gave me a heart attack and made me realize that I wanted my device to have its own special spot in my favorite reading spot. So I borrowed my daughter's sewing machine and, several iterations later, came up with the John-E-Reader: a handcrafted e-reader bathroom storage solution. I even gave a few early prototypes available to my in-laws for Christmas last year and they have been thrilled.  Its particularly great if you have an extra tablet that you want to keep in a handy spot. 

I am going to make the John-E-Reader in two colors - midnight blue and white. There’s two sizes. “Standard” ($23) and “Jumbo” ($27) . Standard works with tablet up to 5 and a half inches wide. The jumbo is great for the iPad or other larger tablets.

A Kindle Paperwhite in a standard John-E-Reader.
A Kindle Paperwhite in a standard John-E-Reader.
The jumbo John-E-Reader with an iPad 2.
The jumbo John-E-Reader with an iPad 2.
Laser-cut acrylic hooks keep your John-E-Reader secure.
Laser-cut acrylic hooks keep your John-E-Reader secure.
The gift of privacy. For an entry level reward level of just $3, you'll get this printable door hanger.
The gift of privacy. For an entry level reward level of just $3, you'll get this printable door hanger.

If you like reading your tablet on the toilet, your kindle on your commode, and your ipad on the potty, then the John-E-Reader is for you!

Some FAQs

Hey Chad. This thing seems really easy to make, why should I buy one from you? 

Your right, it doesn't take Project Runway sewing skills to put together a John-E-Reader.  I borrowed my daughter's sewing machine to make a small batch (including the ones shown here) as Christmas gifts for my in-laws. Also, if you don't have access to a laser cutter, then you can just use a bit of string or ribbon to attach it to the TP bar. If your bathroom is really manly, you can make your own out of leather. To save you the trouble of all those pesky measurements, I'm offering downloadable instructions and plans at the $9 level (for personal use only!). 

Why $2070? That seems like a pretty random goal.  

Thanks for asking and I'm glad you noticed! That takes me to 90 regular size John-E-Readers. That's a threshold for me that makes it a production run worth it. I'll use the money to pay for materials, some sewing help, and, of course, laser cutting the acrylic handles. 

How come just two colors? Would you consider adding more materials? Like, how about terrycloth?

If this project attracts a lot of support, I'm totally open to adding more material choices as stretch goals. But I think its a bit premature to be talking about stretch goals. Terrycloth is certainly a comfy suggestion!

So, do you have a background in textile production, design, or fashion? 

Um, no. My background is in broadcast journalism and video production, but I really enjoy the satisfaction of making tangible things and also happen to be a patent-holding inventor.  I have a bunch of fun ideas and hope that this can be the first of many Kickstarter-funded projects for me. 

Risks and challenges

This is a pretty straightforward sewing project. All of the materials should be readily available. As I wrote above, there's nothing particularly complicated about the sewing production. Further, the laser cut handles are standard acrylic. As soon as I hit my goal, I'll be able to start producing John-E-Readers.

The biggest risk to this project is overwhelming success. Right, like that's gonna happen, I hear you say. Well, just in case it does, I will leverage textile artisans in the Brooklyn area to help me fulfill the orders. Deliveries are slated for Ma, so I have plenty of wiggle room to scale things up. If the response is close to the goal, I expect to deliver early.

If unexpected events could cause a delay, I'll do my best to communicate them early and often!

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    As a thank you for supporting my project, I will email you the gift of privacy in the form of a printable "Reading Room is Occupied" door hanger for your bathroom. Just print it, cut it out, and hang on your bathroom doorknob to enjoy reading in peace!

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    DIY Special. A printable set of instructions with everything you need to know to make your very own John-E-Reader, including the pattern, step-by-step instructions, and a laser-friendly vector file for the hooks.

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    Standard-size John-E-Reader available in midnight blue or white. Perfect for an iPad Mini and most e-readers including the Nook and most Kindles. Includes snazzy laser-cut acrylic hooks to attach to your toilet paper roll holder.

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    Jumbo-size John-E-Reader (for tablets greater than 6 inches in width). Available in midnight blue or white. Ideal for the regular iPad or the Kindle Fire HD 8.9. Also, includes the snazzy acrylic hooks to attach to your toilet paper roll holder.

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    Installation package. I will come and personally install one John-E-Reader regular or jumbo size into a bathroom at your home or place of business. (NYC area and at a time that's mutually agreeable).

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