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Great design job! I love the combination of fonts in the book even just on a page - the italic and small caps used together etc, to make an overall pleasing aesthetic. Still, with what Obama's been doing since in power, I wish you hadn't done such a good job :)
@Eric the PDF has been available for many months now. You simply have to visit http://digital.designing-obama.com/ to download your PDF.
I never received my pdf! I want a refund or immediate emailing of it!
Scott and all the folks who helped make this project happen:
The book is awesome - worth the effort, worth the wait, worth supporting. I am pleased to have been a part of the effort if only by cash... It was interesting, and worth the money (to me) to have been able to listen in to the project and watch it work and not work. The learning experience was worth the time and money. My hat is off to you for putting this together on a fairly fly by the seat of the pants process. I hope this project helps you in your future endeavours. I hope it was interesting and fun too.
I have showed the book to some of my friends and several say they intend to order it.
I was somewhat choked to see the shipping charge (Canadian rates are usually close to American in other order scenarios), but on feeling the weight of the book, and on reading your explanation of smoothing the shipping costs among all supporters, i was comfortable with the idea of pooling. I don't need the extra $9.00 that much - cost of a couple of specialty cofffees or less than lunch... (Canada true shipping cost $27.00 - I paid $36.00 like everyone else)
Having done mass shipping before, myself, I am cool with your not wanting the tremendous hassle of the shipping logistics and differential rates.
For others' information - shipping costs explanation:
To the folks that are complaining about some of the rough edges of the project or its managment:
What exactly were you expecting when you signed up for the project? A smooth and refined business model and execution?
It is a start-up project. It's going to have problems, hiccups, and changes (and cost over-runs). Any business start-up always does. Having been in a number of small tech start-ups... Designing Obama had fewer troubles than I expected, personally.
Scott, et al:
Once again, thank-you for a great piece of work. All the best in the future.
I pledged a long time ago - just figured out the shipping thing - paid shipping on the 26th or 27th of August, 2010 and got a confirmation on the 27th. Got a shipping confirmation on the 30th - in the mail.
Arrived here in Regina, Saskatchewan this morning (after the long weekend) on the 7th of September. From the U.S. that is decent shipping time for a parcel.
Does anyone from Spain has paying problems on http://www.designing-obama.com/cart / Shopify?
I've paid the book on kickstarter, but is impossible to pay the shipping with any of my visa card!
Phillip Clark here... The artist you forgot to put in the book. You know - getting listed in the artist contents was thoughtful of you. But forgetting to put my art in the book really sucked. Then per our conversation you promised that you would make sure I was in the digital version and the second edition of the book. Well I just went through the entire digital version... And guess what. You forgot to put me in that too. Honestly I know that you're getting a lot of smoke blown up your ass for making such a great book. But from my perspective you totally suck.
Also as a footnote there are other options than charging $5 for the iPad app. You could release it for free as 1 chapter and then in app either require $5 or a valid backer email and password to unlock the remaining chapters, I'm fairly sure there are tons of other options if you wanted to do this.
Lots of love, peace out.
Scott in all fairness that wasn't made clear. Thanks for the info. Having said that, you made it quite clear at each step of the physical process, but the digital link was posted with no update or fanfare on this site. Like others have said, I'm not real impressed that something I paid for and was looking forward to is now released freely after such a long wait. I do like the idea of an iPad app, but I'm not sure I want to sink another $5 into this project. Thankyou for the PDF though, I look forward to reading it.
@Joe Like the book we spent quite a lot of time making the iPad app something special. We wanted to create a high resolution book experience that would allow users to really zoom in close on the imagery. We worked many long hours to develop the application and feel it's an experience people wouldn't mind paying a small amount for. It's way beyond the PDF or issu experience.
Thanks for the apology, we've all worked hard here to get this book into as hands and screens as possible.
@Scott You're right, I too think it is important to share books with everyone And in this age of DRM, it's important that they be shared openly. I overreacted a little and I apologize for my rant. The book is exquisite and I am proud to have helped make it possible. I do still wonder though, if you want to share the book freely, why not make the iPad app free as well.
@Joe Price All of you made this book happen. Without the backers of this project no real book would ever exist. I believe books should be shared and free for everyone, but because there are only a limited number of physical copies digital distribution eliminates that need. I would like to give the iPad app to all backers but Apple only allows 100 free give aways. It's all or nothin'. I made this book for everyone. Thanks for helping me do it.
So let me get this straight. First I had to pay an extra $5 for shipping. Now, I have to pay another $5 if I want the iPad app. Meanwhile, the pdf copy I also paid to receive has been made freely available. Why did I back this project at all? I should have just waited and gotten it free like the rest of the world. I can't understand why are you nickel and diming the people who made this book happen while rewarding those who sat on the sidelines.
the link to download the pdf is screened back quite a bit, where you can barely see it, under the thumbnails.
Paul it is up at http://digital.designing-obama.com/ There is a link to download the PDF.
Not trying to be rude, but how about you release the PDF version you have already sold please? I am feeling fairly disappointed about supporting this at all. We have waited way too long on this Scott.
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Scott, where's our pdf version that was promised? The wait is getting a little ridiculous, some of us don't want to look at a fancy flash site, we just want a pdf.
How can I download that? I was expecting a PDF or something similar.
You can view the digital version here:
We are still waiting on the App Store to approve the iPad version.
Hei, What about digital version??
Got the book! Thank you, Scott! It's wonderful!
Thanks for the update...just a quick note that some of us don't have ipads or iphones :)
Do have a pretty android phone though.
I'm still working on it. I've ran into a few road blocks due to the file size. So I'm getting a bit closer. I also want to launch this with the iPad application. I'm close... I'll be updating everyone as a get everything lined up. We are also working to get the book on Amazon for people wanting more books.
Re: Sarah, I asked him over three weeks ago and still have not gotten a reply either.
They don't seem to be posting replies about the digital version, I asked over two weeks ago.
Any update on the electronic version?
The book is amazing. Fantastically well done!
i have no idea if i paid for shipping or put in my shipping information yet. i think i did, but i do not remember. how would i check? or do you need to?
When do the electronic versions come out?
Received my book yesterday... absolutely exquisite! THANK YOU Scott!
Your book arrived in Dublin on June 22nd, I was away when it arrived, so I only got to sit with it on Monday & Tuesday of this week.
Congratulations on a fantastic publication, beautifully designed and extremely well written.
Well done to you and your team on a fantastic achievement.
Any update on when the digital version will become available since the hardback copies have now shipped? It seems to have gone quiet on this front.
I'm in Northern California and haven't received my book yet either. Is it possible that it's s till making it's way out here since most of the books have shipped 3 weeks ago?
Hi! I'm still patiently waiting for my book to arrive. I'm in CA, any ideas when it should be arriving?
It's a long time ago since I pledged here (somewhere in september 2009). After waiting, waiting and waiting it took me some extra unexpected costs to get my book shipped to Belgium but...
Today I received my copy and it's amazing! Thomas, you did a great job! This was probably a long and sweaty road for you and your team but you guys did it! Thanks and greetings from Belgium.
Phillip Clarke says below: "I'm having trouble finding my art in the book. I see my name listed on the artists index page... but can't find my art... ?"
same goes for me... can you let me know which page you guys gave me?
This work pays homage to bookbiding techniques of long ago. Beautiful, detailed workmanship. Here is just some of the careful thought processes used... Heavy, glossy archival paper stock. Rounded, sewen binding. Glued endpapers that add to the overall beauty. Cloth binding that belies the relatively low cost of publishing such a work. I have leather books that are not as well thought through. My guess is that with reasonable care, this work will be around at least 300 years. Bravo Scott & Company!
I just receive a copy of the book :-)
The book looks fantastic.
It worth while to wait so many months.
A 5 star book. Congratulations!
Hey Scott, can you let me know which page you guys gave me? I'm having trouble finding my art in the book. I see my name listed on the artists index page... but can't find my art... ? thanks!!
@brent you can purchase the book at http://www.designingobama.com/
I just joined Kickstarter and would love to purchase a book. Is that possible now?
i rec'd my copy yesterday. nicely done, scott. it's a work of art.
My copy arrived today. Looks fantastic!
Ah I forgot: Where can I get the digital version?
Mine arrived today (btw very safely packaged - great condition)!
Very nice one Scott! Congrats from me!
Just received mine and was tickled pink to see my name in print! Hopefully, this book will serve as a booster to progressives that the 2008 election is OUR dream and one which we must continually work at to nurture and support.
@eric give it a try again. thank you.
Love the book! Tried to send an errata and found the title-page email address firstname.lastname@example.org "failed permanently". Um.
As to the errata: pg 99 should say "debut on October 12, 2007" I presume?
Did any of the books ship yet?