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An independent art zine for your iPad, and the source code to build your iPad magazine.
An independent art zine for your iPad, and the source code to build your iPad magazine.
60 backers pledged $5,777 to help bring this project to life.

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Hello! Thank you for checking out our Kickstarter page. With your help, we'd love to release our next issue: Four Stories; a working title for a new approach we're bringing to the iPad. No static pages or PDF-like experiences that you find with other magazine apps. This issue will be a fully interactive, multimedia rich, online and offline experience. We think it will be our best issue yet and something you'll really enjoy. We also want to help our supporters make their own iPad zines, so we're giving you the chance to download the project source code!


Letter to Jane is an independent arts magazine for the iPad. We give artists an unfiltered platform for them to share their personal creative work and ideas without compromise. Unlike other magazine apps, Letter to Jane is not a copy or port of a print magazine. Each issue is a native app built from scratch, each with its own theme and experience. Our unique approach to publishing has been recognized by The Guardian, MagCulture, Selectism, PSFK, NOTCOT,The Magaziner, The Society of Publication Designers, AppAdvice, Creative Review, and has been ranked in the top 10 Lifestyle apps in the App Store multiple times. Letter to Jane is also proud to be one of the few iPad apps included in Graphic Design: Now in Production.


Why do we need your help? Because we want to bring you great original content that takes advantage of the iPad's unique capabilities. We want to explore multiple narratives in multiple ways with original art and photography, an original short film, and an original soundtrack. Contemporary iPad magazines are too cluttered and complicated, so we want to break it down into easy to navigate sections that you don't need a manual to understand how to operate. We also want to work on the little things like allowing you to select text, share online, and interact with every feature. We want the magazine to able to grow with a special online section so you can read new and old interviews and features from within the app.
What will you receive with your donation? Your support means a lot to us so we wanted to make sure we have great rewards at all backer levels.There's an original soundtrack EP just for Kickstarter backers, a copy of our original short film, special digital art booklets exclusive for the Kickstarter community, and you'll also have the chance to have your name attached to the project to promote your brand in the app. 

What about the source code? Since the start of Letter to Jane, the question we get asked most frequently is, “I’d like to make my indie zine into an iPad app, how do I do it?” We’ve never really come up with a good answer until now. Anyone who donates $200 or more will get the source code to the new issue, so you can learn to do everything the next issue of Letter to Jane does all on your own! You will be able to download the Xcode files—fully commented explaining how everything works—to a special version of the magazine, designed for beginners. We would like to point out that even though you have the code, you will still need some basic knowledge of Xcode and the Apple app ecosystem. Do to the nature of this project we can’t provide technical support, but this is a great way to learn how to make your own iPad magazine regardless of your programming skill level. 


Where can I find some of your work? 

We encourage you to look at our most recent projects: Moral Tales for iPad and iPhone and the latest issue of Port Magazine. You can also view all of our past interviews at http://interviews.lettertojane.com

We're pretty excited to get started on this project, so please help fund our magazine and potentially your new magazine today!

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    A copy of Letter to Jane Magazine: Issue 04 +
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    Above + digital art booklets exclusively made for the soundtrack and the short film.

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    Above + Xcode sample project that shows how to make everything that's in Letter to Jane Magazine, so you can learn to make your own iPad magazine (some knowledge of Xcode required).

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    Above (including source code) + full page ad.

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