About this project
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.
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.
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
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!!!
SHARING EDITION - $25,000 Stretch Goal
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)
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.
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
—Tom in Minneapolis
—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
—Wendee in DC
—John in Boston
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
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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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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