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Mobilizing Literature
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We crushed our first STRETCH GOAL!

***STRETCH GOAL 1.5 — help us reach our COMMUNITY GOAL of 1,000 BACKERS!***

$75,000 STRETCH GOAL — ILLUSTRATED VERSION OF ARABIAN NIGHTS!!!

We Read More Than Ever, But What Are We Reading?

Congratulations! You are alive at a time when human beings are reading more than ever. But too often we choose sources of information—news feeds, photo streams, online news, email—that nourish our minds like candy bars nourish our bodies. What if we all spent 10% more time reading great literature? 

Read With a Purpose

Mouse Books is literature for the mobile space. Our books are hand-selected, durable, beautiful, approachable texts that go with you anywhere. They never run out of battery life, their ‘screens’ never crack, and they don’t ring, buzz, or vibrate. Mouse Books are all 48 pages. 

 Here’s how it works: 

CURATE: Our Mouse editors carefully curate selections of literature, short stories, speeches, poetry, and more, all structured around themes that are topical, challenging, and varied. Basically, we create a great literary playlist.

DESIGN: Each text is thoughtfully designed cover-to-cover to make the reading experience easy, fun, and beautiful.  

BUY: Readers can buy a single themed three-pack or a subscription of quarterly, themed shipments. Each quarterly shipment includes a themed series (three-pack), bonus books, and other surprises. 

READ & SHARE: Read Mouse Books on a plane, during your commute, in a coffee shop, at the dentist, at home. When you finish your Mouse Book, give it a home on your bookshelf, or pass it on to a friend, family member, or stranger! And if you subscribe, we’ll send you extras to pass around to people in your life.

REFLECT: Reading without reflection is like eating without digestion (Edmund Burke). Reading Mouse Books is just the first step: We organize online discussions, host weekly podcasts, support local book clubs, and provide thought-provoking questions at the back of the text.

BUILD COMMUNITY: The Mouse Book Club brings people together around great works of literature. Join a movement of reading that demands we slow down, look around, reflect on how we are living, and imagine the possibilities of humanity.

 

 

CAREFULLY CRAFTED 

 

Mouse Books are meticulously designed. From the text size, to the thickness and color of the paper—every element has been considered, tested, and refined to give you the best and most portable reading experience.

 

 

QUARTERLY THEMES 

Each quarter our literary experts curate a selection of three pieces of literature (short stories, speeches, poetry, and more) that explore a given theme. Take the guess-work out of book-picking, and be sure you're reading dignified texts wherever you go.

LIMITED EDITION BONUS BOOKS

And there is more! In addition to the themed 3-pack of books, in each quarterly shipment there will also be some surprise, limited-edition bonus books carefully chosen by our team! (subscribers only!)

ONE YEAR OF MOUSE BOOKS!

A one year subscription will get you all of this! Four quarterly themes, bonus books, and surprise goodies! 

SURPRISE & DELIGHT

Our team of editors and designers put a tremendous amount of care into the Mouse Book experience. Our objective is to surprise and delight you with every single shipment. From our in-house podcast book club to surprises slipped into your shipment, we are constantly scheming to create a mind-blowing experience. Basically, we want receiving your shipment of Mouse Books to be one of the best feelings in your life.

 

KICKSTARTER EDITION - $75,000 Stretch Goal

The Mouse team is thrilled with the Kickstarter experience and to celebrate we want to make this stretch goal a collaboration with YOU. Last week, we put out a call for artists from the backer pool and got many amazing responses. Ultimately, we picked an incredible concept artist named Bobby Rebholz, who will help us create an illustrated version of an episode from the Arabian Nights!!!  If we hit $75,000 every backer will get one copy with their first shipment. (For subs, this be one of the limited edition goodies) 

THANK YOU AND PLEASE HELP GET THE WORD OUT SO WE HIT THIS GOAL!!!

Front Cover Mock-Up
Front Cover Mock-Up

 

Interior Mock-Up with Placeholder Image by Backer Bobby Rebholz
Interior Mock-Up with Placeholder Image by Backer Bobby Rebholz

 

Back Cover Mock-Up
Back Cover Mock-Up

SHARING EDITION - $25,000 Stretch Goal

The Mouse team believes that while reading great literature is an imperative start, SHARING great literature is even better! Our first 1000 backers at any level will receive TWO COPIES of Michel de Montaigne’s Of Friendship - one for you and one to share with a friend! We're sending to the printer on June 15 and will get them to you ASAP!!!!

MOUSE SHARING EDITION
MOUSE SHARING EDITION


EARLY ADOPTER EDITION (All Gone...)

Our first 500 backers at any level will receive an early-adopter edition of The Dead by James Joyce. This book is super-hot and cuts right to the heart of the Mouse Book experience. You'll also get access to the audiobook and a podcast of the Mouse team's book club discussing The Dead. (immediate shipping to US backers only)

MOUSE EARLY ADOPTER EDITION
MOUSE EARLY ADOPTER EDITION

WORLD-CLASS PRINTER

We are obsessed with making these books extremely high-quality. We've partnered with one of the great printers in the USA, eDOC Communications from Mount Prospect, Illinois, to bring Mouse Books to life. And since our printing partner is local to our Chicago-based team, we know our quality standards are upheld during every print run. 

This is the actual Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 that prints Mouse Books!
This is the actual Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 that prints Mouse Books!

MOUSE FEVER

MOUSE HOLIDAY PREVIEW EDITION
MOUSE HOLIDAY PREVIEW EDITION

We had the idea for Mouse Books in late 2016. To test it out, our team handmade a 100-copy HOLIDAY PREVIEW EDITION and sent them out as surprise gifts. We kept it a secret from most people that we were actually behind the books, and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. These are quotes from emails, texts, and physical THANK-YOU notes we received from this experiment:

“I just love this little thing.” 
—John in Oakland

“Thank you for sending the wonderful little book on Bartleby, which I read on a trip to CA this past weekend. It was like reconnecting with an old friend and it reminded me that there is no greater mystery in the universe than the human mind, which my neuroscience colleagues remind me has more synaptic connections than all the stars we know of in the universe.” 

—Tom in Minneapolis

“The Mouse Books idea is exceptional.” 

—Cal in DC

“The book’s format is compelling, so much so that my wife has taken the book and hasn’t let me carry it. It’s hers now, I’m afraid.”  

—Alex in Charlotte

“Thanks for sending.  In this most curious of times I am looking for ways to see the larger context as some form of insight into how exactly we find ourselves here, not in a cosmic or existential “here,” more like WTF?” 

—Wendee in DC

“Thanks for sharing that short story with me. I found it uncomfortable, exponentially exciting, and also inspiring, as I have been doing a lot of writing myself recently.” 
—Mac in New York

“Thanks so much for the gift. The Melville novel was an inspired idea and I absolutely love the Mouse Books layout and feel. It’s a genius idea. I looked at their website but they seem to still be in pre-launch mode.” 

—John in Boston

TEAM

Mouse Books is 6 people:

Brian Chappell: Ph.D, Teacher, Spiritual Philosopher

David Dewane: Architect, Journalist, Social Entrepreneur

Ted Eccleston: Engineer, Optimist, Highwayman

Courtney Garvin: Graphic Designer, Runner, Epoch B All-Star

Chris Motley: Architect, Snowboarder, Smooth Operator

John Schretlen: Economist, Philosopher, Soapboxer

T-H-A-N-K  Y-O-U-!

OK - you made it to the bottom of the page. Clearly, you have Mouse Fever and are coming on this adventure with us. Please take one minute and share a link for this page with anyone else in your life you think would enjoy Mouse Books! 

Follow us on Instagram @mousebookclub

Risks and challenges

Mouse Books is, in our estimation, a very low-risk project. We have two major costs: printing and shipping. We have a keen understanding of both. If we hit our funding threshold we will be able to fulfill one year of quarterly shipments to all subscribers, and print/fulfill all 3-pack orders.

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