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A book for people who like the color grey.
A book for people who like the color grey.
431 backers pledged $9,944 to help bring this project to life.

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HOLY COW! WE DID IT! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Keep up with this project at www.99ShadesOfGrey.com

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Update: Stretch Goals!

Because we blew through our funding goal so quickly, we’ve decided to add a few stretch goals to give us all something to shoot for.

$4500 - If we hit $4500, every backer at or above the $10 level will receive a 99 Shades of Grey designer bookmark to mark your place in the page-turning tome. COMPLETED 8/25!

$5500 - If we hit $5500, every backer will receive a 99 Shades of Grey digital graphics package including photoshop swatches, desktop backgrounds, and iPhone home screen designs. COMPLETED 8/27!

$6500 - If we hit $6500, 99 Shades of Grey will go official, registering an ISBN and being catalogued in the Library of Congress. YOUR NAME COULD BE IN THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS IN THE MOST RIDICULO.US BOOK EVER! COMPLETED 9/4!

$8500 - INTERNET FAMOUS - If we hit $8500, EVERY BACKER (including the ones who pledged less than $25 and didn't name a pledge) will have their name put on the 99shadesofgrey.com site after the campaign ends. It will be there forever and ever, or until the internet ends or we forget to renew the domain. Whichever comes first. COMPLETED 9/12!

$9999 - 50 STATES OF GREY - Since not everyone will be able to make it to the Library of Congress to see the book in its prestigious new home... if we hit $9999, we'll ship a copy of 99 Shades to a major library in EVERY STATE in the USA! We'll even ship a copy to a library in every foreign country represented by our backers.

SERIOUSLY?

A lot of people are saying "That's hilarious, but I can't tell if you're kidding or not..."

Alas, we're not. This is a real book consisting of 99 pages of progressively increasing greyness. Each grey shade will have a name given by backers who choose the $15 option. Any unpurchased names will be determined by the Ridiculo.us staff.

So yes, it's a real book. And we need your help to get it printed. Please make a pledge today. Do it for the kids.


99 Shades of Grey

Since its publication last year, 50 Shades of Grey has rocketed to the top of bestseller lists around the world. It’s the fastest-selling paperback of all time, outpacing the Harry Potter series, the Twilight “books”, and even that one book about green eggs & ham.

But there’s more to this story than meets the blindfolded eye.

The truth is, 50 Shades of Grey is hiding something from its readers. Something dark.

Many somethings, in fact. Because 50 shades of grey doesn’t tell the whole story. 50 shades of grey leaves out...

49 additional shades of grey.

As any colorometrist worth their weight in CMYK will tell you, the Greyscale range stretches from 0 to 100. 0, being pure white, is not a shade of grey. Nor is 100, which is pure black. But 1-99 are, by definition, shades of grey.

So why would the writer of this bestselling book include barely HALF of the available shades? What is she hiding?

Don’t fret, my colorblind friends. There’s no need for speculation. The answers are all made clear in the shocking new tell-all book: Ninety-Nine Shades of Grey.

99 Shades of Grey is exactly what it sounds like: a book filled with every available shade in the Greyscale range, excluding white and black.

Now you don’t have to guess at which shades of grey are being hidden from you, censored by publishers who think they know best. Now you can see, once and for all, in one place, the entire range of grey shades.

And for a limited time, you have an opportunity to not only purchase the first edition of this sure-to-be-classic, but also to name one of the grey shades. Name it after yourself, name it after your grandmother, or name it after your favorite grey thing (which, now that I think about it, may actually be your grandmother).

Rewards

$1 - BDSM - For your pledge of $1 or more, you get the privilege of knowing that you are a part of the BDSM community (Backers Donating Some Money), plus you get exclusive backers-only updates.

$5 - NEW REWARD! DIGITAL GREYZINESS - At this level, you’ll get the digital version of 99 Shades of Grey. Includes pdf, mobi, and epub versions.

$10 - PRE-ORDER! Your very own copy of 99 Shades of Grey in paperback! Yes, it's a real book! Yes, you get one! Add $5 for international shipping.

**SOLD OUT** $15 - NAME THAT SHADE! At this level, you get your own copy of the book PLUS we'll put your name in the acknowledgments, PLUS you get to name one of the shades of grey! Name selection is subject to common decency and our editorial guidelines. Page numbers will be chosen in the order of pledging (so if you want page 50, you have to pledge before someone else who wants that page). So pledge early! UPDATE: If you want a t-shirt AND want to name a shade of grey, choose this tier and add $15 to your pledge. Thanks!

$25 - FIFTY SHIRTS OF GREY! Not really fifty, but you do get a shirt! A limited edition, GREY shirt from Ridiculo.us. Only available here and for a limited time. Plus you get your own paperback copy of the book and your name in the acknowledgments! UPDATE: If you want a shirt AND want to name a shade of grey, choose the $15 tier and add an additional $15 to your pledge. Thanks!

Limited Edition Heather Gray Ridiculo.us Tee!
Limited Edition Heather Gray Ridiculo.us Tee!

$40 - NEW REWARD! HARDCORE HARDCOVER - Get your very own hardcover copy of 99 Shades of Grey to display proudly in your home. PLUS we’ll put your name in the acknowledgments. PLUS you get the e-book.

$75 - NEW REWARD! POSTER POWER PACK - Get your own limited-edition (signed & numbered by Honest Abe) 99 Shades of Grey 24x36” poster (featuring all the shades and shade names), plus a hardcover copy, a copy of the e-book, and your name in the acknowledgments.

99 Shades of Grey: the Poster
99 Shades of Grey: the Poster

**SOLD OUT** $99 - LIMITED-EDITION HARDCOVER! At this level, you get a limited-edition hardcover copy of the book, plus FIVE paperback copies, plus a shirt, PLUS your name will be listed on the dedication page of the book. This tier is for serious BDSM's only. (Backers Donating Some Money)

NEW REWARD! **ONLY 1 AVAILABLE** $249 HAIKU - LIGHT - The book will be split into light greys, medium greys, and dark greys. On the title page of the LIGHT GREYS section, your haiku will be printed for all to see! Also includes a hardcover copy of the book, a poster, and your name listed as a contributing writer in the Library of Congress record!

NEW REWARD! **ONLY 1 AVAILABLE** $249 HAIKU - MEDIUM - The book will be split into light greys, medium greys, and dark greys. On the title page of the MEDIUM GREYS section, your haiku will be printed for all to see! Also includes a hardcover copy of the book, a poster, and your name listed as a contributing writer in the Library of Congress record!

**SOLD OUT** NEW REWARD! **ONLY 1 AVAILABLE** $249 HAIKU - DARK - The book will be split into light greys, medium greys, and dark greys. On the title page of the DARK GREYS section, your haiku will be printed for all to see! Also includes a hardcover copy of the book, a poster, and your name listed as a contributing writer in the Library of Congress record!

NEW REWARD! **ONLY 1 AVAILABLE** $999 - THE DOMINATOR - SERIOUS BDSMs ONLY! At this level, you get 9 hardcovers, 9 shirts, 9 posters, AND you will be listed as the co-publisher of the book in the Library of Congress record.

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