About this project
*** READ OUR CURRENT ISSUE: As a celebration of finishing the Kickstarter, we've made our current issue out on December 18th (#32) free to read on the Web until Friday morning. ***
*** FUNDING UPDATE! Thanks to everyone, we reached our goal! And have already passed it.
- We still have early bird specials left: $30 is a bundle of the hardcover book and the ebook (including U.S. shipping). Get them while they last! The regular price is $35, and we'll have those through the end of the campaign.
- We started work on the book over a week ago when we passed 50%. We're well on target for our delivery goals, and may be able to deliver the ebook sooner than planned. We'll update you.
- Our designers created a second set of spreads that will be developed more fully for the final book. Download the additional PDF preview. (You can still view our full-blown prototype, too.)
- If we hit $55,000, we can upgrade to fancier hardcover binding and expand the ebook edition to 300 pages, adding more writers, illustrators, and photographers! Every ebook pledge or bundle gets the 300-page version! (The hardcover will remain 200 pages unless we hit the $75,000 stretch goal.)
- I've posted a list of the additional dozen stories we'll add in this update.
- If you want Dylan Meconis's T-shirt, a one-year subscription, or more, you can click Manage Pledge and add the dollar amount to your total without changing your reward. See below under Rewards for details.
With your support, we can produce beautiful hardcover and electronic editions.
The Magazine started as an experiment: would enough people like original medium-length non-fiction reporting and essays delivered in a streamlined reading experience with no ads every two weeks enough to pay a subscription fee? The answer was yes. (And thank you.)
Since October 11, 2012, The Magazine has produced five features and essays every other week. With bonus features and other stories, that's over 130 articles in the first year. We've written about a proposed 60-foot-tall lava lamp, the serious business of cosplay, making clear ice, the preservation of wood type on the banks of Lake Michigan, and pinhole lenses for digital single-lens reflex cameras — and so much more.
Now we're taking our electronic journal into print with a beautifully designed 200-page hardcover collection (7 by 9 inches), with an originally commissioned cover by painter Amy Crehore. It features over 25 of the stories that our subscribers and contributors told us meant the most to them, along with dozens of illustrations and photographs. It will also be available as a DRM-free ebook.
You can download a long sample of what the book will look like, including a complete article and several opening spreads, and a full list of the included stories. (These are also listed below.) The entire book will be designed with loving care, taking advantage of the medium of print, while also be fully readable in electronic versions.
If you pledge super early, you can get the print and ebook together for $25, our thank you for your quick support.
The Magazine pays contributors well, and we regularly feature writers, illustrators, and photographers who also freelance for the New Yorker, the Economist, Mental Floss, Atlantic Monthly, and a host of other publications.
All contributors whose work appears in this collection will be paid a reprint fee if we fund this collection. This is sadly unusual in the publication industry, where rights are paid for once and forever. As we pass our original goal, we'll increase our reprint fees as well: the rising tide will lift the boats of all the people associated with this book.
In addition to over two dozen stories drawn from our first year, we'll also feature a new article commissioned for the collection about singer and songwriter Marian Call, an Alaskan musician who has built her career bit by bit through connections with fans. Marian is the perfect intersection of community, Internet, travel, and artistry that we look for in all of our articles and profiles. (You can listen to Glenn interview Marian for The New Disruptors, a podcast that's part of The Magazine.)
The Kickstarter campaign will fund the printing and shipping of a hardcover book, which is our primary reward. You can separately purchase an ebook version of the collection, which will be free of digital rights management (DRM), and in PDF, EPUB, and MOBI formats.
The folks at United Pixelworkers designed a T-shirt for us using Dylan Meconis' robocat artwork. This is available as part of an $80 super-bundle: the $50 rewards (hardcover print book, ebook, and a year's subscription) plus the T-shirt — this includes shipping in the U.S. You can also add $35 to any reward level to purchase a shirt. (Add another $7 for international shipping.) Click Manage Pledge to add dollars to your pledge without having to change your reward. We'll get details about size and quantities when the campaign is over.
We are also offering two related fine-art prints. For $150, you can get a digitally reproduced print of painter Olivia Warnecke's illustration for Tim Heffernan's story about Derham Giuliani, a solitary insect and reptile researcher in the mountain ranges of southern California. The print, on archival paper, will be 14 by 9 inches. (This reward includes the print and ebook, too.)
For a $300 pledge, you can get a signed, limited-edition digitally printed reproduction of Amy Crehore's cover painting (without the logo and type), which we commissioned exclusively for this book. The print will be 13 by 17 inches, nearly the size of her original painting on wood. Amy is a unique and well-exhibited artist whose work has an international following. Numbered copies will be issued in the order of pledges. The edition will be limited permanently to a total of 100, including any prints sold after the campaign. (This reward also includes the book in print and ebook forms.)
If you'd like to support this project at a higher level, we're happy to thank you in the book for your patronage. At $100, you receive our printed thanks and all the $50 rewards. At $200, we'll send you five copies of the printed book, as well as thank you.
Backers who want to support the book at an even higher level can receive spots on our podcast, The New Disruptors. And we're offering a few "commissioned" articles in which we write a piece with our full editorial control and process on a subject of your choosing. (Both the podcast sponsorship and the commissioned article require advance consultation; email us first to confirm the message or topic.)
You can also add a year's subscription to any reward level by adding $15 per subscription (as a single addition or in multiples of $15) above the reward level, and letting us know when the campaign is done which email addresses should receive a new subscription, a gift, or an extension.
We also added one more special item. Add $10, and you can get a set of issues #1 through #27 (October 11, 2012 to October 10, 2013, our first year) as ebooks in both MOBI and EPUB format that can be read on any ereader or in ereading software. Or, for the same $10, you can get a ticket to happy-hour events we'll host in Seattle and San Francisco in 2014!
The Collection's Contents
We plan to include all of the following features and essays in the book; you can visit our Web site to read previews of all of the below:
- A Beacon of Hope by John Patrick Pullen. A dying city glows with optimism over its plan for a giant lava lamp.
- Boldly Gone by Chris Higgins. Portland's Trek in the Park reaches the end of its five-year journey to perform episodes from The Original Series. Photos by the author.
- Everyday Superheroes by Serenity Caldwell. The mask isn't coming off any time soon. Illustration by Jacob Souva.
- Redshirts in the Coffee Shop by Gabe Bullard. Serious cosplay. Photos by the author.
- The Everending Story by Kevin Purdy. The greatest video game sequel never authorized remains incomplete.
- Choose Your Character by Brianna Wu. Faced with change, an all-female indie dev team evolves to a higher form. Illustration by the team.
- Strange Game by John Siracusa. The lessons from the game Journey can apply to all of human endeavor.
- Roll for Initiative by Scott McNulty. I cast a spell of +10 confidence. Illustration by Matt Bors.
- Look Within by Lisa Schmeiser. The author examines her detachment during her pregnancy and her desire for more information. Photo illustration by Michelle K. Martin.
- Just Desert by Colleen Hubbard. Africa, a devil, and Burning Man meet in Eastern Europe's little desert. Photos by the author.
- Down from the Mountaintop by Tim Heffernan. Derham Giuliani charmed the Southern Californian mountain ranges of their reptile and insect secrets. Illustration by Olivia Warnecke.
- Summit Cum Laude by Christa Mrgan. The straightest path has pitfalls in life and hiking. Photos by Neven Mrgan.
- Hoe Down by Cara Parks. Small-scale farmers have turned to high tech to invent the tools they need. Photos by the author.
- Laid Out by Nancy Gohring. A hen's egg-producing years are short; her life is relatively long. Photos by Joe Ray.
- A Bicycle Built for Six by Lianne Bergeron. The Netherlands has elevated bikes far above cars in the transportation hierarchy. Photos by the author.
- Three Strikes, You Shout by Philip Michaels. Moneyball documented a change in baseball, but not everyone has done their homework. Illustration by Jenn Manley Lee.
- You Are Boring by Scott Simpson. Tell me more about your food blog, please.
- Instant Memories by Maarten Muns. The Impossible Project has earned its name by re-inventing instant film for Polaroid cameras. Photos by Laura Muns.
- A Ribbon Runs Through It by Erin McKean. When one sews one's own clothes, the questions have a common thread. Illustration by Caty Bartholomew.
- How to Make a Baby by Gina Trapani. The path to parenthood isn't always straightforward.
- The Paste-Up by Carolyn Roberts. The smell of rubber cement is her madeleine. Illustration by Jacob Souva.
- The Wet Shave by Lex Friedman. A relaxing, rewarding, and self-indulgent morning routine.
- How He Met My Mother by Jason Snell. The unlikely sequences that lead to a new life. Photos by the author's father.
- Icecapades by Alison Hallett. Clear ice — ice without any bubbles — produces a slower melt and a lot of obsession. Photos by Pat Moran.
- Wood Stock by Jacqui Cheng. A once-obscure bit of printing history on the shores of Lake Michigan finds rekindled interest. Photos by the author.
- Light Motif by David Erik Nelson. A pinhole lens cap finally brings infinite focus and undistorted images to digital cameras. Photos by Wade Patrick Brooks.
The Magazine's editor and publisher is Glenn Fleishman, a veteran reporter with 20 years' experience under his belt. He writes regularly for the Economist, including a recent cover story on "The Sharing Economy," and contributes to or has written for the New York Times, Wired, the Seattle Times, Boing Boing, TidBITS, Macworld, and many other publications. He hosts the podcast The New Disruptors, part of The Magazine's operations.
Our design firm is Simmons Ardell. Principal Jessica Simmons has a 25-year career in book and magazine design, starting her career at the leading design firms Milton Glaser Inc. and WBMG Inc. of New York City, and later Alexander Isley Inc. of Redding, Connecticut. Jessica is a founding board member of the Maine chapter of AIGA and serves as a visiting critic at Maine College of Art. Principal Rand Ardell handles finance, bidding, and vendor relations.
Brittany Shoot, managing editor, will coordinate updates and edits. As a journalist, she's written for Time, NewYorker.com, the Guardian, the Sunday Times Magazine (UK), and Mental Floss, where she's a contributing writer and columnist. Scout Festa is our stalwart proofreader for every regular issue and for this book as well.
Our Stretch Goals
We set a minimum target of $48,000 to cover all the expense of printing, mailing, paying our book designers, contributors, and editorial assistance for a 200-page book.
When we hit $75,000, all backers who have pledged at a level that includes the collection ($10 ebook and all $25 and higher levels) will receive a 300-page collection! That's right! We'll add 50% more pages and stories at the same price! We'll also double the compensation to our contributors.
We'll update this page with the additional stories that will be added when we cross that mark!
At $100,000, we will add additional ebook-only short collections in DRM-free PDF, EPUB, and MOBI formats for all those who pledged for an ebook or print book. We'll also continue to add to contributors' fees.
- $100,000: Food & Drinks
- $110,000: Vintage Tech
- $120,000: How To Do Anything
- $130,000: Games We Play
- $140,000: The Lex Friedman Collection
- $150,000: The Chris Higgins Collection
We have secret ideas for even more additional print and electronic add-ons if we exceed these levels and will provide more details when the time comes.
Subscription reward note: For existing App Store subscribers, please send us the expiration date as a screen capture and we'll create a Web site subscription for you that adds a year to the current expiration date. Tap Auto-Renew to Off in the App Store so you aren't renewed. You'll receive instructions via email after the Kickstarter is over. (A Web or iOS subscription provides full, free access through both methods.)
For Washington State residents only: Washington State sales tax of 9% collected in Seattle is included in all pledge prices at the full retail value of the item. We collect and pay the sales tax for you.
Thanks to: All of the authors, artists, and photographers eager to be part of this; Jeff Tolbert for the soundtrack, which was adapted from our upcoming podcast's theme; Don Sellers for his expert advice on video; Dean Putney for his strategic Kickstarter insight; Brittany Shoot, Matt Bors, Matthew Amster-Burton, Chris Higgins, Margarita Noriega, Alli Dryer, Jenni Leder, and Jeff Carlson for feedback during the preparation.
Risks and challenges
The editing, design, and production team for this project has produced hundreds of electronic and print books in the past. Fixed prices have been set for most of the budget, and firm bids received for printing and mailing. However, the budget includes a significant margin to cover unforeseen expenses, or to apply to printing upgrades or other bonuses for backers and contributors if it isn't required.
Nearly all of the writing, photography, and illustration is already in hand; a few new items have been commissioned for the book, and are underway at the launch of this project. Due to production constraints, it is possible the final list of stories will be slightly different than above, although we have arranged rights and budgeted to include all of them.
However, with any project of this scale that involves design stages and print production, delays can creep in. As soon as the goal is hit for the project, even before we receive funds, we will lock down a contract with our printing firm for delivery of materials to them and delivery of printed copies to you, and set designers and editors to work.
The digital art prints are being produced with two experienced photographic and art printers in Portland under consultation with the artists. The art is already complete and samples have been made even before this campaign was launched. The T-shirts are handled by United Pixelworkers, an experienced apparel firm, and the design is already finalized.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
No! Everyone who picks a reward that includes an ebook edition (which is most rewards), will be able to download the book as PDF, EPUB, or MOBI (Kindle compatible) — you can grab any of those formats or all three, and can use any software on any platform that reads those. We're not embedding digital rights management (DRM) protection. You won't need a license or a password.
If you opted for a subscription, you can access our every-other-week issues and our back archives both through our Web site, which is mobile and desktop friendly, and through our iOS app. You do not need iOS to read.
The print book requires biological apparatus, but not iOS.
We'll be set so that when the Kickstarter ends on December 19, we'll be ready to send out a message to everyone with instructions on how to enable a new subscription or extension for yourself or as a gift. People with existing App Store subscriptions will have to follow a few steps.
You bet. We offer the $15 reward to make it simple and bundle in the subscription in some packages already. But you can add $15 (in any multiple of $15) to any reward, and we'll ask you when the Kickstarter is over for your contact or gift information. Click on Manage Pledge on the Kickstarter page above, and then adjust the dollar amount upward by $15 or multiples of $15.
The T-shirt was a late addition to the project, and you can get it in one of two ways: either pledge at the $80 "super bundle" level to get a hardcover print book, the ebook edition, and a year's subscription plus the T-shirt; or add $35 to ANY reward level, which includes shipping within the United States. (You can always pledge above the minimum needed for any reward.) Add $7 more ($42) for international shipping.
If you just want the T-shirt and want to show your support, select No Reward and pledge $35 (U.S.) or $42 (international) and that's fine, too!
While we can't change your App Store subscription, or that of a gift recipient, we can switch you over easily to a Web-based subscription that also provides full access through our iOS app. When the campaign is over, you or your gift recipient will be asked if you have an existing subscription and, if so, if it's through the App Store.
If it is, we'll ask you to send us a screen capture (press the power standby button, and, while holding it, press the Home button) of your current subscription after switching the Auto Renew setting to Off. We can then use that information to add a year to whenever your current App Store subscription expires.
You or your giftee doesn't lose any unused portion of the App Store subscription. After the App Store subscription expires, you'll need to activate the Web subscription in iOS, which involves tapping a button in the app to send an email. It's very simple.
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