Amanda Martinson

Amanda Martinson

is creating Quickstarter: Website for Readers in Nigeria & West Africa.

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Starting an Online Readers' Society—Bookish Species. Which aims to grow and encourage the reading culture, in Nigeria & West Africa.

Bookish Species

The meaning behind Bookish Species is very plain, it means the group of humans who are bibliophiles. Bibliophiles are avid readers.
The main aim of Bookish Species is to grow and encourage the reading culture, in Nigeria (before expanding to other African nations) especially in the youth. Therefore creating a space and platform that will bring together and grow a community of African readers as well as also being a guide to readers on becoming bloggers and joining the online book community.
If you ask an average Nigerian, they are always quick to say that Nigerian's do not read. Which isn't completely true, yes the average Nigerian doesn't read, but that doesn't mean there isn't a percentage of the Nigerian population who read.
We have noticed that the reading culture in Nigeria and other West African nations is limited to Academic or Business reading. The average Nigerian reader views the act of reading for leisure, most particularly reading fiction as a waste of time and we want to change that as we have come to discover that there's a large community of reader's in the Nigerian society at large and by building a society, we can encourage and get more Nigerian's to read, not only for school or work.
Publishing firms in Nigeria are stuck in the past and are slowly evolving and getting with the times. With many of the publishing firms not concerned about the quality of the books that they are publishing, or the demographics of the readers, as many are only interested in earning back the cost of production.
Bookstores are slightly better but many do not have a wide variety of books that appeal to the various types of readers. And when they do the prices of these books are too expensive for the average reader. This has greatly discouraged reading culture and adds to the rampant book piracy going on in Nigeria. We want to change that by offering cost-effective alternatives as well as partnering with bookish establishments to make this possible.
So far so good we've pushed love for reading fiction with our blog and social media pages, where we've encouraged a great number of people to read. We also, provide them with places to legally get books and give readers who are bloggers tips on how to grow their blogs. We know in order to reach more people and build a community that will change the Reading Culture in Nigeria, we have to think big and also make moves that change inducing.
That is why we want to start by establishing and building an online base for readers, with access to publishers and authors. When this is accomplished, we can now go further by hosting various bookish events & workshops that can turn some of the readers into polished writers.

 Rewards

Bookish Species 1st Edition Printable Bookmarks (PDF) £10

Bookish Species 1st Edition Printable Monthly Planner (PDF) £15

Bookish Species 1st Edition Totebag £30

Funding Breakdown
  • Web Hosting - £100
  • Phlox Pro Theme - £30
  • Graphics Designer - £50
  • Tote Bag Production - £150
  • Fees - The remaining.
  • October - Launch of campaign
  • October - End of campaign and process orders
  • November - Building of Website & Delivery of Printable Planners & Bookmarks
  • December - Launching the Website & Delivery of Tote Bags
  • January - Launch Event
Starting an Online Readers' Society—Bookish Species. Which aims to grow and encourage the reading culture, in Nigeria & West Africa.

Bookish Species

The meaning behind Bookish Species is very plain, it means the group of humans who are bibliophiles. Bibliophiles are avid readers.
The main aim of Bookish Species is to grow and encourage the reading culture, in Nigeria (before expanding to other African nations) especially in the youth. Therefore creating a space and platform that will bring together and grow a community of African readers as well as also being a guide to readers on becoming bloggers and joining the online book community.
If you ask an average Nigerian, they are always quick to say that Nigerian's do not read. Which isn't completely true, yes the average Nigerian doesn't read, but that doesn't mean there isn't a percentage of the Nigerian population who read.
We have noticed that the reading culture in Nigeria and other West African nations is limited to Academic or Business reading. The average Nigerian reader views the act of reading for leisure, most particularly reading fiction as a waste of time and we want to change that as we have come to discover that there's a large community of reader's in the Nigerian society at large and by building a society, we can encourage and get more Nigerian's to read, not only for school or work.
Publishing firms in Nigeria are stuck in the past and are slowly evolving and getting with the times. With many of the publishing firms not concerned about the quality of the books that they are publishing, or the demographics of the readers, as many are only interested in earning back the cost of production.
Bookstores are slightly better but many do not have a wide variety of books that appeal to the various types of readers. And when they do the prices of these books are too expensive for the average reader. This has greatly discouraged reading culture and adds to the rampant book piracy going on in Nigeria. We want to change that by offering cost-effective alternatives as well as partnering with bookish establishments to make this possible.
So far so good we've pushed love for reading fiction with our blog and social media pages, where we've encouraged a great number of people to read. We also, provide them with places to legally get books and give readers who are bloggers tips on how to grow their blogs. We know in order to reach more people and build a community that will change the Reading Culture in Nigeria, we have to think big and also make moves that change inducing.
That is why we want to start by establishing and building an online base for readers, with access to publishers and authors. When this is accomplished, we can now go further by hosting various bookish events & workshops that can turn some of the readers into polished writers.

 Rewards

Bookish Species 1st Edition Printable Bookmarks (PDF) £10

Bookish Species 1st Edition Printable Monthly Planner (PDF) £15

Bookish Species 1st Edition Totebag £30

Funding Breakdown
  • Web Hosting - £100
  • Phlox Pro Theme - £30
  • Graphics Designer - £50
  • Tote Bag Production - £150
  • Fees - The remaining.
  • October - Launch of campaign
  • October - End of campaign and process orders
  • November - Building of Website & Delivery of Printable Planners & Bookmarks
  • December - Launching the Website & Delivery of Tote Bags
  • January - Launch Event

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