The Spirit of Reading

by David Bayliss in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 11th September 2020 we successfully raised £1,300 with 48 supporters in 35 days

To introduce people to new books and authors as well as, quality and tasty beverages, creating a community that loves to share experiences

by David Bayliss in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

We will use the money to get our dream started, to buy all of the resources needed to start sending out boxes to our supporters and clients. 


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Who are we?

We are a team of three friends from very different career backgrounds who want to create an experience around great books and beverages. 

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What are we doing?

Through a monthly subscription box model we will send customers carefully selected paperback books and spirits or beers (non alcoholic options will be available).

We have spent the past 3 months building an excellent network of suppliers and we are working to the idea of supplying you with the best UK based drinks in Rum, Gin and Whisky that you either cannot get in the shops or would very rarely find. We will be work closely with our suppliers to include information about the books, authors, and producers we work with, telling our customers their story and shining a light on new exciting brands.

The books we provide will all be paperback novels and we will aim to send newly released books to try avoid duplication from your own collections at home and we avoid the top 10 charts for the same reason. The books will all be read by our team before being selected and boxed, every part of this subscription is meant to be a luxury experience and we can only make sure this is the case by reading every book… and trying every drink.

Why are we doing this?

The idea actually come to us during lockdown, all 3 of us are keen readers but during lockdown we found that working from home can be quiet stressful and make it difficult to escape work or escape a cycle of turning off one computer screen and going to another. This cycle is what increased our love for reading  further, we found ourselves finishing work or occupying ourselves in Furlough by going to a different room, the park (when allowed) or the garden and trying a drink and reading a book and found it incredibly relaxing and a real escape and we feel like that’s what the experience should be. So we decided to share this experience with all of you and take a bit of stress away from the day to day and make book and drink selection easier by posting it to you each month.

What is this Crowdfunder and how does it differ to the normal service?

This Crowdfunder is a way for us to help promote the brand and get the business up and running. This is an excellent platform to get the word out and get more people in to “The Spirit of Reading”… yes we had to get the word play in there.

The Crowdfunder is either a donation or a reward of a 1 off box or 6 month subscription for you to sample and be the first to get your hands on the product. The normal business after this month when you receive your reward box September 30th will have its main focus on subscriptions so you sign up for an open ended amount of time but will be able to cancel at any time. The packages available will be:

The Basic Package

You will receive 1 Paperback book from a genre out of 3 choices

1x Miniature of Gin, Rum or Whisky

1 Merchants Heart Spirit Enhancer to compliment

Or

The Double up Package

You will receive 1 Paperback book from a genre out of 3 choices

2x Miniature of Gin, Rum or Whisky

1 Merchants Heart Spirit Enhancer to compliment

Or

Books & Breweries

You will receive 1 Paperback book from a genre out of 3 choices

3x Cans of Craft Beer, Mead or Cider mixed

 

You will also be able to buy non subscription boxes in the form of 1,3,6 or 12 months as a gift but this will be at a greater cost as we will rely on our subscribers to plan stock orders and get the lowest possible cost and we pass this discount straight on to them but they will make an excellent gift so please look out for the “Gift a Subscription” tab.

Our main website where you cannot buy from until after this Crowdfunder for reference is:

www.thespiritofreading.com

 

Ethics

We want to support our local communities, encouraging live readings and tasting sessions with local independent venues and producers. We are also looking to partner with charities that focus on providing books and literacy opportunities for our local disadvantaged young people and school children and we will look to do this by donating a percentage of our profits to local causes chosen quarterly.

 

REWARDS What you receive - Double Up Box:

You will receive 1 Paperback book from a genre out of 3 choices

2x Miniature of Gin, Rum or Whisky

1 Merchants Heart Spirit Enhancer to compliment

If you have any questions or want to talk to us in the meantime our email is [email protected]

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

Gin - Double Up Box

Sign up to one of our plans by donating here and emailing us confirmation of your donation, you will recieve your box when we go live. Please select below the genre you wish to accompany your new Gin. This page will allow you to buy a "Gift" version of the subscription service, when the crowdfunding is complete you will be able to sign up to the monthly box.

£10 or more

£10 Donation

Spare us a tenner to help us start our business and recieve a big THANK YOU from the team

£20 or more

Rum - Double Up Box

Sign up to one of our plans by donating here and emailing us confirmation of your donation, you will recieve your box when we go live. Please select below the genre you wish to accompany your new Rum. This page will allow you to buy a "Gift" version of the subscription service, when the crowdfunding is complete you will be able to sign up to the monthly box. Email - [email protected]

£20 or more

Whisky - Double Up Box

Sign up to one of our plans by donating here and emailing us confirmation of your donation, you will recieve your box when we go live. Please select below the genre you wish to accompany your new Whisky. This page will allow you to buy a "Gift" version of the subscription service, when the crowdfunding is complete you will be able to sign up to the monthly box. Email - [email protected]

£108 or more

6 month advance subscription

Sign up to our Double Up package for 6 months and get 10% off the standard price. Donate the appropriate amount and email proof of your donation. In the email to us you can select your choice of Genre and drink. Each month you with recieve 1 paperback book from the genre of choice, 2 miniatures and a mixer to enjoy with them.

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