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Calm your mind and enjoy Twain, Shakespeare or Yeats while taking a hot bath! Real books made of synthetic paper and waterproof binding
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We love reading a good book but it can be difficult to find the peace of mind needed to fully savor the writings of great authors like Shakespeare or Yeats. What works for us is to relax in a hot bath, switch off our phones and settle into a great literary classic. But paper and water don't mix, and an iPad in a plastic sheet just doesn't do it for us. We want to read, not skim and swipe. That is why we are creating fully waterproof versions of great works of literature and poetry. 

       

It is 2015 and the world deserves waterproof books. But we need your support to get started. That is why we are offering four inspiring masterpieces for our backers. So pledge now, to get your first waterproof book and help make this happen!

#1

For those who would like to start off with something light, we have put together a selection of eight wonderful short stories by Mark Twain. They are just the right length for a relaxing bath or a cup of coffee by the seaside, combining both humor and tenderness. A fantastic book to start with if you don’t read all that much or that often – offered here as a great giveaway.

Contents:
1. How to Tell a Story 
2. A Dog’s Tale 
3. The Californian’s Tale 
4. A Helpless Situation 
5. The Five Boons of Life 
6. Extracts from Adam’s Diary 
7. Eve’s Diary 
8. Extract From Adam’s Diary 

#2

Poetry is writing at its most poignant, and William Butler Yeats was one of the finest poets of the English language. Yet it seems we never actually get around to reading him. Put this selection of poetic masterpieces next to your bathtub or take it with you to the beach and open yourself up to a whole new world of words.

  • 104 pages
  • 52 poems, including: Cloths of Heaven, A Poet to His Beloved, The Second Coming, Sailing to Byzantium, He Remembers Forgotten Beauty and The Rose of the World

#3

You may have seen it in the theater or studied the book in class, but have you ever really read Shakespeare's classic masterpiece? Written as a stage play in the early 17th century, Macbeth can be daunting for the uninitiated. But of course, that is also the beauty of this work. 

We believe this book deserves to be absorbed slowly. That is why we have paid extra attention to the layout and editing to create a waterproof edition that can be enjoyed in the comfort of your bathroom. Read and re-read each chapter and fully appreciate all the complexities hidden in this simple story. And don’t be too shy to read the odd act out loud. It is a play, after all!

  • All five acts in 190 pages
  • Original text based on the 1916 Oxford edition. Edited where necessary for easy reading.

#4

An exclusive for our Kickstarter backers: We are designing and printing a limited edition of the magnificent Art of War, by Sun Zi. We will not reprint this book after the Kickstarter campaign!

Many classics of philosophy and strategy are considered timeless but they often prove tough to get to grips with. Sun Zi is the exception. Over 2,500 years old, The Art of War reads like a Chinese master wrote a brilliant blog post on diplomacy and strategy - with some ancient chariots and foot soldiers thrown in for good measure!

We have chosen to use a more modern, fluent interpretation of the text, rather than to just translate the original characters word for word. The result is a book which is easy to read yet packs a ton of wisdom into each paragraph. A real badass strategist spends Sunday nights in a hot bath with a good glass of whiskey and this limited edition of The Art of War.

  • 80-page, modern English translation
  • Backers will receive the fully waterproof and highly durable edition of The Art of War - limited edition of 500 copies only!

Production

After some testing we now have blank prototypes of the books with fully waterproof binding and paper. We have also tested the ink at various water temperatures and soap types. The books will be made of synthetic paper made from polypropylene, which is fully waterproof but feels like real paper at a thickness of just 0.085 mm. No trees are used in the production of the materials, which is fully recyclable (in case it is incinerated with the trash it will be completely burned without any toxic byproducts).

We have talked to many potential partners and found a fantastic production partner based in the US (Imaging Hawaii), who are as passionate about books as we are. They helped us greatly in the testing phase and were willing to do this for a discount, so that we can make it happen even with a small print run of just 500 copies per book.

Design 

We have been working on the design of the books since January this year, focusing on a great reading experience and a timeless look. After experimenting with a wide range of designs, we have developed a range of Bibliobath designs which represent a modern brand but still retain the look of a real 'classic'.

Budget 

€ 7,800  Est. minimum printing costs        
€ 1,400  Est. distribution costs pledges    
€ 800     Kickstarter payment fees            
€ 540     VAT (minimum)                             
€ 1,000  Video and other costs  
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€ 11,540 TOTAL                                        

We will invest around € 2,540 ourselves to make this happen and are looking to raise the remaining € 9,000 here on Kickstarter.

Our Timeline 

  

We are a Dutch-Chinese couple based in Amsterdam and both passionate about books and design. All books will be shipped by us personally from the Netherlands. 

This project would not have been possible without the support of many professionals and friends around us. 

Special thanks to:  Movie by Salty Carrots Films, Amsterdam | Set designs by Siri Songsri | Production advice and printing management by Terry Lau of Imaging Hawaii.

Risks and challenges

The design and editing stage has already been completed and we have produced a blank prototype for each book and tested the printing on both normal and synthetic paper. This means that there are hardly any risks regarding the technology itself or delays in printing. However, we could not use offset printing to test our designs, which means that slight variations in color cannot be excluded, especially for the cover.

The printer we selected has experience with large print orders and is fully engaged in the process. We are confident that we can deliver a high-quality final product on deadline.

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    Mark Twain, Short Stories

    Receive 1 waterproof copy with eight wonderful short stories full of humor and tenderness. All just the right length for a relaxing bath or a cup of coffee by the seaside.

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    W. B. Yeats, Cloths of Heaven and Other Poems

    Put these 52 poetic masterpieces next to your bathtub, or take it with you to the beach, and open yourself up to a whole new world of words. Waterproof and highly durable.

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    William Shakespeare, Macbeth

    Enjoy Macbeth in the bath! Read and re-read each chapter to fully appreciate all the complexities that are hidden in this seemingly simple story.

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    **KICKSTARTER LIMITED EDITION**
    Sun Zi, The Art of War

    Sun Zi teaches us to focus on difficulties when things are easy and to seize opportunity when times are tough. Gain the edge with this waterproof LIMITED EDITION of The Art of War!

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    POETIC GIFT PACK (5% discount)

    2 x W.B.Yeats

    Receive 2 waterproof copies of "Cloths of Heaven and Other Poems". One for your inspiration, and one to give away!

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    STYLISH BATH GIFT PACK (5% discount)

    2 x Shakespeare

    Receive 2 waterproof copies of Shakespeare's masterpiece Macbeth. One for you, and one as a gift!

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    LIMITED EDITION GIFT PACK (5% discount)

    2 x The Art of War

    Receive 2 waterproof copies of the Limited Edition of The Art of War by Sun Zi. One for you, and one as a gift!

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    BIBLIOBATH COLLECTION (10% discount)

    1 x Mark Twain
    1 x W.B.Yeats
    1 x Shakespeare

    Turn your bathroom into a blissful library of wisdom with these 3 wonderful waterproof classics!

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    BIBLIOBATH **LIMITED** COLLECTION

    1 x Mark Twain
    1 x W.B.Yeats
    1 x Shakespeare
    1 x Sun Zi (Limited Edition)

    The full collection, including the Limited Edition of The Art of War. Only 50 packages avaibale!

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    ULTIMATE **LIMITED EDITION** GIFT PACK (20% discount)

    Receive 2 copies of all 4 books:
    2 x Mark Twain
    2 x W.B.Yeats
    2 x Shakespeare
    2 x Sun Zi (Limited Edition)

    The full collection for yourself and as a gift, including 2 copies of the Limited Edition of The Art of War.

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    **LIMITED EDITION** BOUTIQUE BUNDLE (25% discount)

    Your own wonderful waterproof book boutique!

    5 x Mark Twain
    5 x W.B. Yeats
    5 x Shakespeare
    5 x Sun Zi (Limited Edition)

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    EXCLUSIVE BOOK STORE (40% discount)

    Be the first to offer Bibliobath waterproof books and the ONLY bookstore to offer the Limited Edition of The Art of War!

    20 x Mark Twain
    20 x W.B. Yeats
    20 x Shakespeare
    20 x Sun Zi (Limited Edition)

    + A product promotion poster for your store
    + Promotion for your store on social media, and our website!

    EXCLUSIVE DEAL: "The Art of War" will not be offered to stores after the Kickstarter.

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