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Jef Van der AvoortBy Jef Van der Avoort
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Jef Van der AvoortBy Jef Van der Avoort
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$11,615
pledged of 75 000 $pledged of 75 000 $ goal
58
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, November 30 2014 4:10 PM UTC +00:00

About

We think it’s nuts that too many great books remain undiscovered. So we created a brand new way to bring your next read closer, no matter if it is a little-known indie gem or a timeless classic. Squirl bridges the gap between books and the real world. With the Squirl app you will bump into existing locations from captivating novels, life changing biographies and thrilling mysteries.

Imagine passing by a street corner in New York City or a cafe in Paris and suddenly an excerpt from a book pops up on your phone. Literary serendipity! You might want to sit down for a cup of coffee and a croissant and start reading…  

How It Works

Enjoying your croissant already? Squirl locations are portals into books. The app takes you straight to the part of the story that unfolds right where you are standing. Read the excerpt, look around you, feel the vibe and smell the air. A crime scene or a romantic rendezvous, you are right in the middle of the action!

With Squirl you can:

  • Check-in to literary locations

  • Join in conversations with the author and other users

  • Follow an author, book, character or geographical area

  • Discover related content and locations

  • Create and discover book tours with Squirl locations (stretch goal)

If you want to continue the story, you can buy the book through the app or at a local bookstore.

You Are An Author?

Squirl levels the playing field for authors around the world. No matter if it is your first book or your tenth bestseller, Squirl is a great tool to get your books discovered. What is more, adding locations is free.

You will be able to add or claim your locations and:

  • Create a verified author profile

  • Link your social media accounts

  • Participate as the author in conversations with your readers

  • Gather Squirl followers for your books, your characters and yourself

  • Use the free author tool to make the most out of your Squirl locations

  • Get the full picture with Squirl Pro analytics (subscription)

It has never been so easy to find an engaged audience. With the Squirl app, readers find themselves right in the middle of your story!

You Own A Local Bookstore?

If you own a local bookstore, Squirl is for you! We love to browse through your aisles, especially when we bump into a book that takes place in the local area. We think it would be the perfect match if we teamed up.

When a user wants to buy a book that was discovered through a Squirl location, we will offer the option to find the closest bookstore that has the book for sale. If the user is lucky, you might offer a discount.

Initially, Squirl offers this completely free to the bookstore.

Stretch Goals!

What We Will Do With The Funding

Simple, we will turn book discovery upside down! We are already in the process of building the first version. With your support we can take Squirl to the next level, adding great features and turning the app into an even more engaging experience for both readers and authors.

Our initial focus is on the iOS version and the Squirl author platform. After launch the app will be available for free. We want everyone to be able to enjoy Squirl and experience the world from a literary perspective.

Meet The Founders

Other Ways You Can Help

Share our Kickstarter campaign, ‘Like’ us on Facebook, follow @squirlbooks on Twitter or sign up at www.squirl.co

Happy Reading!

The Squirl Team

Risks and challenges

Raising funds is only the first step. Squirl is a community effort of passionate readers and authors around the world.

The app will make book discovery easier and more engaging than ever before, but without locations there is no Squirl. We rely on readers, fans and authors to build a world of books together: a world where your next read might be just around the corner!

We have been working on Squirl for over a year and a first version is already in development. The money we raise through Kickstarter will be used to push Squirl to the next level by adding extra features and creating an even more engaging experience. We are confident to launch a product that meets the needs of readers and authors around the world.

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    BOOK LOVER: You are the backbone of this project. Together we can bridge the gap between books and the real world. Receive updates on our progress, a video message from the CEO and a literary high five!

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    FOUNDING READER: Take a front-row seat. Get all of the above, your name on our 'Founders Page', access to the beta version and a founding reader badge behind your user name.

    Want a bit more? Check out our AMBASSADOR and PATRON OF LITERATURE perks!

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    FOUNDING AUTHOR: A founding author badge behind your user name, access to our beta version and your name on our 'Founders Page' with a link to your website + receive 1 month of Squirl Pro analytics.

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    FOUNDING READER (BOOKWORM EDITION): All of the perks from the Founding Reader reward + an assortment of 3 limited edition "Founding Reader" Squirl bookmarks.

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    FOUNDING AUTHOR SILVER: A silver founding author badge behind your user name, early access to our beta version, your name on our 'Founders Page' with a link to your website + receive 6 months of Squirl Pro analytics.

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    FOUNDING AUTHOR GOLD: A golden founding author badge behind your user name, preferred early access to the beta version, your name on our 'Founders Page' with a link to your website + receive 18 months of Squirl Pro analytics.

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    AMBASSADOR OF LITERATURE (READER): You devour books like there is no tomorrow and spend half of your time in an alternative literary universe. You deserve a special Ambassador badge behind your username, early access to our beta version, your name on our "Founders Page" and a limited edition Ambassador of Literature Squirl t-shirt. And if you don't mind the spotlight, we'd like to do a little reader profile on you to spread through our social media. After all, you're an Ambassador of Literature!

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    PATRON OF LITERATURE (READER): If you put your shoulders under a project, you won't rest until it succeeds. That's why you are invited to our launch party in Austin, TX! Bring a date and rock your limited edition 'Patron of Literature' Squirl t-shirt. Get preferred early beta access with a special Patron badge behind your user name and find your name all the way up on our 'Founders Page'. We'll also send you a selection of our favorite books, including a personal message from the Squirl Team. If you don't mind, we'd also like to interview you for our blog and newsletter and put your picture on the "Our Patrons" wall in the Squirl office! (airfare and lodging not included)

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    FOUNDING AUTHOR PLATINUM: You are probably much better with words than we are to describe how happy we are to have you on board. We can't wait to meet you at our launch party in Austin, TX! Don't forget to introduce your date to us. But there is more. Get a platinum founder badge behind your user name, access to our beta version before everyone else + 3 years of Squirl Pro analytics. We'll interview you for our newsletter and blog (hope you will rock the limited edition Platinum Founder tshirt for the photo!), put your name on the top of our 'Founders Page' with a link to your website and your photo on the 'Platinum Wall' in our office! (airfare and lodging not included)

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    BENEFACTOR OF LITERATURE (INDIVIDUALS/BRANDS/ORGANIZATIONS): You or your organization have a real heart for books. Your logo or name will be featured in a "special thanks" section underneath all of our owned marketing communication for 1 full year (website, newsletters, …) We are proud to have you back our project, and would love to feature you in both written and video interviews for our blog, newsletter and social media. Of course you can't be missed at our launch party in Austin, TX with 4 of your friends or colleagues! (airfare and lodging not included; we reserve the right to decline pledges)

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    OFFICIAL SQUIRL AUTHOR: You are one of a kind, literally! Everywhere we go, you'll go, and best of all... you won't even have to leave your house. Your book will be on all the app screens we use in our official marketing communication for 6 months. On top of that you will get everything from the Founding Author Platinum perk and an extra video interview for our blog, social media and newsletter. (we reserve the right to decline pledges)

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Funding period

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