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 shallow information like news feeds, photo streams, online news, and email.
Read With a Purpose
Mouse Books brings great literature to the mobile space. Our physical books are phone-sized, hand-selected, durable, beautiful, approachable texts that go with you anywhere. They never run out of battery life, they don’t have screens that crack, and they don’t ring, buzz, or vibrate. Mouse Books are all 48 pages.
Since starting Mouse Books, the number one comment we receive from people is, "I think this is really cool, BUT I KNOW SOMEONE WHO WOULD LOVE THIS!" That feedback became the inspiration for this campaign. We created a collection of three books around the theme of GIVING that helps us take a reflective attitude into the holiday season. We're also designed a custom GIFT CARD to accompany the books!
HOW MOUSE 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 and/or a subscription of a monthly book shipment.
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!
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Some user LOVE:
“I received the package today! Wow, thank you!! I love everything!” —Russel in Louisville
“I just love this little thing.” —John in Oakland
“I love the concept. I toted my Flaubert book around town with me yesterday and enjoyed the break from constantly checking emails! ” —Carrie in Chicago
“I LOVE being a member of the Mouse Club!! I smile every time I see my card in my wallet.... mostly because I think about what an amazing thing you’ve done. Experiencing the written word tactically is not only irreplaceable and difficult to articulate, but it is vital we read, caress and FEEL the power the written word possesses. We have strayed so far!!” —Kelly in Walla Walla
Brian Chappell: Ph.D, Teacher, Spiritual Philosopher
David Dewane: Architect, Journalist, Social Entrepreneur
Courtney Garvin: Graphic Designer, Runner, Epoch B All-Star
Chris Motley: Architect, Snowboarder, Smooth Operator
SPECIAL THANKS TO: Derrick Dodson and Derek Lee!
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, having printed and shipped more than 5,000 books.
The main risk in this campaign is timing. We have all the GIVING COLLECTION files ready to send to the printer and will order the books as soon as we reach the $10,000 threshold. We will ship the day the campaign ends to ensure that it reaches all backers in time for holidays.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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