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The Search for the Big 6 videobook reinvents the printed storybook. Watch videos on the book as you view stunning animal photography.
The Search for the Big 6 videobook reinvents the printed storybook. Watch videos on the book as you view stunning animal photography.
72 backers pledged $5,725 to help bring this project to life.

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Asante sana to all campaign backers! The Search for the Big 6 | An African Safari Videobook's wild journey continues. Videobooks, Videopages, and VGeo Prints are all available at www.Video4Books.com/store/

We reached our goal! The project is fully-funded and ninety videobooks are sold.  

Opens doors to telling a story with more photos, more videos and interactions.  - Wired Magazine

Technology applied to innovative book publishing.  
- CS Monitor

The book reading experience has remained static for centuries. Make book reading much richer by augmenting it with videos.  - HP Labs

If the book was invented today, it wouldn't be linear, it wouldn't be static, it would be dynamic.  
- PC Magazine

Jambo! The Search for the Big 6 is a book about Africa's Big 5 animals plus one. In an African safari, a tour guide takes you to places to spot the usual Big 5 animals. They are the royal Lion, the elusive Leopard, the enormous Elephant, the unpredictable Cape Buffalo, and the endangered Rhinoceros. Added to this list of five hardest to catch animals in this book is big animal #6: the Great White Shark. 

The Search for the Big 6 is the first ever commercial book of its kind. Starting off as a photography book on Big 6 animals, a video player is embedded inside the book to make it a videobook. The video player, called the Videopage, contains short high-def action movies capturing the behaviors of these animals in the wild.  

This is how our African safari goes. First stop is the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. Witness the annual migration of thousands of wildebeests and zebras to cross the Mara River. On the other side of the river are lions, leopard, cheetahs, hyenas, crocs, and vultures waiting for their next meal. Feasting on the fertile savanna are elephants, cape buffaloes, black rhinos, giraffes, and hippos. Next stop is Chobe National Park in Botswana, where baboons are faster, giraffes are taller, and elephants are bigger. Be amazed by the antics of an African elephant family. These playful animals are nimble and can float on rivers they share with crocodiles and hippos. Last stop is Walker Bay in South Africa. Conquer your fear and see face-to-face great white sharks. The ocean is vast and teeming with life. Be in awe as massive right whales lob-tail and breach the ocean surface. 

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Project Details 

The project began in November 2013, after returning from an African safari with thousands of photographs and hours of video footage taken. Massive amount of images were worked through to produce the best manuscript of the photography book by year end. It garnered rave reviews from peers. The book has been copy-edited and re-designed to fit a square page format. The latest version is ready for printing.  

For the video portion, five short movies have been post-produced so far. The reactions from viewers online have been incredible. They playback perfectly on the Videopage. Three more short movies are in the works to complete the project.  

Latest Version for Printing

The Search for the Big 6 Videobook shown on the main video above was recently re-designed. The latest version ready for printing is shown on the video below. Any advertisements will be appended. On every page, the layout of the photos was greatly improved as well as the readability of the text. The language was proofread by a kindergarten teacher to ensure appropriateness for children ages 3 and up. The book is to be printed on an 8 inch by 8 inch format with archival-quality paper and image-wrapped hardcover. The Videopage will be embedded on the inside cover. The post-produced video content will fascinate, not just kids, but adults alike.  

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What are the stretch goals?

Currently an initial bulk production of 50 videobooks for $3000 is the goal. If we double this amount, then a production lot of 150 can be made. Furthermore, tripling the goal (fingers crossed!) will allow production of extra inventory to bring to children's expos, summer fairs, and even retail stores.     

  • $3000 - Initial bulk order 
  • $6000 - Production lot 
  • $9000 - Commercial production 

VGeo Prints

VGeo is a made-up word. The V stands for Victoria, the name of my daughter born 3 months early. Geo is Greek for earth. Coming from the heart, I'd like to say that VGeo is how my child sees the world: i.e. not so clearly as in a picture, but vividly as in a painting.  

In technical terms, VGeo images are digital painting representations of actual photographs of animals. Sophisticated knowledge of artistry and painstaking Photoshop techniques are used to produce these amazing one-of-a-kind images. They are available as poster prints of size 30 inches by 20 inches at the $15 reward level. They are also offered as ready-to-hang aluminum metal prints of size 16 inches by 16 inches. 

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Risks and challenges

At the start of this campaign, the project is 85% complete. What does this mean?

First, the photography portion of the book is done and ready for printing. The initial order and production lot of hardcover books are to be made in the USA. The contracted print lab is located in Brooklyn, New York and has a reputation for exceeding expectations in product quality and customer satisfaction. The campaign period was deliberately chosen to align with the 40-day production schedule. This is to ensure timely delivery of books in May 2014.

Second, the videography portion of the book is more than halfway complete. Only 3 remaining of the total 8 short movies are to be made, and those are already in-progress. Video4Books can post-produce a high-quality, fully-reviewed movie on a weekly basis. Using the extra funds obtained from the previous campaign on Videopage (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1263448739/videopage), brand new electronics for the initial lot have been purchased. This Videobook project is the natural evolution of the Videopage project.

During the campaign, when the goal is exceeded, the purchase of electronics for the larger production will be triggered. The electronics supplier's capacity has been confirmed to be 1000 units per month. Video4Books' assembly throughput is expected to be 200 videobooks every month, though not confirmed. That is the plan to minimize production and delivery delays for the bigger orders.

Video4Books is very confident that it can ship the initial bulk order (1st goal) and the production lot order (2nd goal) of Videobooks to our backers within a month after the campaign period. The VGeo poster and/or aluminum printing and shipping are contracted out to a printing business located in Anaheim, California; hence those are expected to be non-issues as well.

The real challenge is marketing to reach the 3rd stretch goal and beyond. If lucky to reach it, then it validates proof-of-concept that The Search for the Big 6 Videobook is a commercially viable product. Video4Books have secondary suppliers in mind to ramp up production. Another challenge is the production of the e-book version. Video4Books is new to the electronic book publishing industry. Online research and discussions with publishers are resources at-hand. Video4Books is giving itself an extra month to deliver this version in June. These are challenges that Video4Books is more than happy to tackle.

In Swahili, asante sana!

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    WILDEBEEST Reward - Your name mentioned in project's website and Facebook page as a donor. Plus a high-resolution picture file of the Big 6 animal of your choice, large enough to print as big as 24 inch x 36 inch photo enlargement, will be sent to your email and/or cloud storage account.

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    ZEBRA Reward - VGeo Poster Print (size: 30 in x 20 in). This evocative painting reproduction of the wild animal of your choice will stimulate your imagination straight from the living room or bedroom wall.

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    CROCODILE Reward - Electronic book version of The Search for the Big 6 videobook plus your name mentioned in the end credits as an associate producer. This is limited edition.

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    CHEETAH Reward - Signed copy of The Search for the Big 6 photography book, minus the Videopage. Get awe-struck by these magnificent animals in their natural habitat, as seen through the lens. Included are travel tips for your own safari. No videos in this reward.

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    BUFFALO Reward - Personal Videopage unit with 4.3-inch touchscreen and 4 GB storage. For the Do-It-Yourself kind of person, this is perfect for photo book projects. Just mount it to your hardcover book, download your videos, then play them at the turn of a page.

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    GIRAFFE Reward - Personal Videopage unit with 4.3-inch touchscreen, light sensor, and 4 GB storage. If you have lots of photobooks and scrapbooks but do not know what to do with your videos, then this Videopage is right for you. View your photos and your videos, all in the same book. (This is similar to Buffalo reward with much lower international shipping fee.)

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    LEOPARD Reward - Signed copy of The Search for the Big 6 Videobook, i.e. photo book + Videopage + all videos. See these wild animals in action and listen to a narrative that takes you to an actual African safari. You get the sights, the sounds, and the anecdotes in this first ever book of its kind.

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    GAZELLE Reward - Author-signed copy of The Search for the Big 6 Videobook, i.e. photo book + Videopage + all videos. This is a better value than the Cheetah and Buffalo rewards combined. (This is similar to Leopard reward with a much lower international shipping fee.)

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    LION Reward - Two (2) copies of The Search for the Big 6 Videobook. Why get just one, if you can enjoy two. Or give them as a gift. The little ones absolutely love this book! Plus, you get a free Video4Books t-shirt.

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    HIPPOPOTAMUS Reward - Two (2) signature copies of The Search for the Big 6 Videobook. Great things always come in twos, like sugar and spice. Keep one book and share the other. This is a much better value than two Gazelle rewards combined. (Note this level doesn't include a t-shirt.)

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    SHARK Reward - Your voice-over on one of the videos plus a special mention in the credits as an artist. Join the author in this creative process! Recording over video conference, it is as easy as reading a script. Then enjoy your acting debut with two (2) copies of The Search for the Big 6 Videobook included in this reward.

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    PENGUIN Reward - This is the 11th Hour Special! Four (4) autographed copies of The Search for the Big 6 Videobook plus 6 VGeo posters of the animals of your choice plus 2 t-shirts. Though last minute, this is the best deal ever! Only available in the next 3 hours.

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    RHINOCEROS Reward - Half-page advertisement (size 4 in x 8 in) printed in the book. If you have a tourism-related business, then this is a fantastic way to be featured. Design your ad, or collaborate with the author. Plus three (3) copies of the Videobook with your ad will be sent to your place of business, free-of-charge.

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    ELEPHANT Reward - Full-page advertisement (size 8 in x 8 in) printed in the Videobook. As prevalent as it is in movies to have ad placements, this book is no different. Viewers are not only from US/Canada, but also from Latin America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and of course Africa. Included are TEN (10) copies of the Videobook to be shipped to your doorstep courtesy of Video4Books.com.

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    WHALE Reward - Full-page advertisement (size 8 in x 8 in) printed in the Videobook. Plus five (5) copies of the Videobook with your ad will be sent to your place of business. Plus, Video4Books.com will post-produce a commercial video for your business and include it as one of the featured video content in the videobook. There's no better way to multiply your sales than combining print advertisement with video advertisement, all in one place.

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    BIG 6 Reward - Genuinely made by a Masaai warrior and originally presented during a tribal dance at the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, the 2-foot long cane depicted on the front cover of the Videobook is a one-of-a-kind collector's item. Own this piece of real Africa.

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