We normally don’t write blog posts for shameless self-promotion, but we thought that this sale is worth sharing. All October, we’re offering a huge 40% discount on our personalized Lookio books. Get some holiday shopping done early and save some money! Just enter the code EARLYBIRD at checkout to receive 40% off the price of your book. Use the code as many times as you like. Tell your friends! It’s valid now through October 31.
Visit our website to check out our current titles, and have a look at the sample spreads from each book below.
Now you’ve got that Europe song stuck in your head, right? You’re welcome!
We wanted to give a quick update on where things are at with the launch of Lookio Books. First off – we are crazy-excited!! A year’s worth of blood, sweat, and tears is just days from coming to fruition. Thanks to the generosity of all our amazing Kickstarter backers, we purchased the last pieces of equipment we needed to begin making books. Since then we have been very busy testing, tweaking, and setting things up. A few prototype Lookio books have been printed and bound and we couldn’t be happier with how they are looking. We can’t wait to start getting them out into the world.
The last piece of the puzzle is the Lookio website. If you’ve ever been involved with building a website — and especially one with fairly complex technology involved — these things always take longer than you think they will. But we are very close to being ready to launch. The technology for building the custom character, previewing your book, and placing your order is all up and running. We are just conducting some testing and putting the finishing touches on a few other parts of the site. Despite the fact that we seem to get burned every time we announce a release date, we’re confident that we’re around a week from launching. For those Kickstarter backers waiting for our launch so you can claim your books, we ask you to hang in there a bit longer – we are so close! Thanks for the patience. (By the way, if you were a Kickstarter backer and want to read the “nice things” we wrote about you as part of your reward, you can read them all here.)
Lastly, a few weeks ago we posted a sneak peak at our first Lookio book. We wanted to give you a glimpse at the second Lookio book. This story is about all the things a kid can be when he or she grows up. It’s a “Photo book”, which means you’ll upload an image of a kid and use our tools to crop around the face. That face will be placed on the character in the story (along with the kid’s name and some other custom elements). How ’bout we show you? Hope you dig these spreads! You’ll be able to preview the full book once the site is live. Check it out…
We’re very excited to share a sneak peek of our first book. It’s an “Illustrated Character” book (as opposed to our “Photo Character” books). The art was created by Sarah Sisterson, a very talented illustrator/designer (and the nicest person you’ll ever meet!). We are so happy about how this book turned out.
The story is a bedtime story about a little one and a little cloud who take an adventure up to see the stars. Once we launch our full website in a few weeks, you’ll be able to preview the entire book. You’ll be able to customize the character’s name, pronoun (he/she), skin tone, hairstyle, hair color, eye color, and outfit color, as well as the pronoun used for the little cloud (he/she).
Spread 10 (with boy)
Spread 10 (with girl)
Stay tuned — in the next week or so we’ll share some sample spreads from our second book. It’s a “Photo Character” book about all the things you can be when you grow up. And, thanks to our amazingly generous supporters on Kickstarter, we’ve surpassed our funding goal, and with two weeks left before the campaign ends. This allowed us to get an early jump on the art for Book #3. More on that to come as well.
If you’d like to pre-order your own Lookio book at a discount, back our personalized children’s book project on Kickstarter at the $30 level or above. Thanks to everyone for being wonderful and helping us out as we hit the home stretch of launching Lookio Books.