The Astoria Bookshop

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Help us give our favorite neighborhood in Queens the bookstore it deserves.
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Lexi Beach
Small Business
Astoria, New York
United States
2 Team Members

We did it! We hit our goal of $4,000 in only 4 days, but we're not stopping there! There are still lots of fantastic books to give away to generous contributors. So check out our ever-growing list of perks, and let's watch the tally keep rising all the way to August 15th.

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Calling all Queens book lovers!

Astoria is an amazing neighborhood. We certainly don’t need to tell you that. But one thing it has been missing is a great independent bookstore. The kind of store where you can browse among the shelves for all kinds of interesting titles, bring your kids to story hour, and come hear authors read from their new books. We want to give you that bookstore. And we’re asking for your help to make it happen.

A little background: back in the winter of 2012, I (Lexi Beach) was having a slow day at my book publishing job. I noticed someone on Twitter asking why no one had opened a bookstore in Astoria. This prompted some serious daydreaming, which led to actual research: asking around to find out what, exactly, it would take to open a bookstore, and whether Astoria was the right place to do it. What I learned was that (a) there are NO general bookstores in all of Western Queens and (b) Astorians love books. And so, little by little, I began to take the necessary steps: talking to other bookstore owners, attending bookselling workshops and entrepreneurship classes, writing a business plan.

Now, almost a year and a half later, my idle daydream is about to open up for business. The Astoria Bookshop has secured a lease at 31-29 31st Street, and we’re putting all the pieces together to be able to open our doors in mid-August. We have most of our funding in place, but we need a little extra help from you, our future customers.

 

What We Need & What You Get

The details: our fundraising goal is $4,000. This is a small percentage of the total start-up funds required. But the more money we can raise, the better the store will be--and the faster we can get the doors open for business. Your donations will go towards purchasing inventory, so every dollar we raise means more graphic novels, more cookbooks, more picture books, more YA fantasy, more letterpress greeting cards, more blank journals...

In return, we’re offering up some awesome perks, most in the form of books. There are art books, memoirs, business books, cookbooks, classic fiction, detective stories, picture books, advance copies of new releases... And an invitation to our VIP pre-opening party!

A note on the book perks: for most of the contribution levels, the perk offered is one random book in a certain category. If you want to choose a specific book from what we have available, you can upgrade your contribution by $5. Contact us at info@astoriabookshop.com to let us know that's what you're doing. We'll then send you a list of titles, and mail you the one you pick. Otherwise, we'll pick a book for you.

Other Ways You Can Help

If contributing to our start-up fund is not an option, we completely understand. We love you anyway, and there are lots of other things you can do to ensure our success:

  • Like us on Facebook & follow us on Twitter--and encourage your friends to do the same.

  • Share our campaign with other book lovers in your life! They don't even have to be local (unless they want to come to the pre-opening party).

  • Sign up for our email newsletter, so you’ll be sure to get all the news about our progress.

  • Once the store is open, come visit, attend an event, and shop for books!

And that’s all there is to it.

(Note: This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, the publishers & vendors of the books and other products available as perks. They were donated by my amazing colleagues at many different publishers, and we're supremely grateful to them.)

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$7,474USD
raised by 115 people in 1 month
187% funded
0 time left
$4,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
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This campaign ended on August 15, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $5USD
    A Little Book Love

    For $5, you will earn our eternal and sincere gratitude. Come stop by the store so we can thank you in person!

    9 claimed

  • $20USD
    Picture Pages

    Picture books, board books, activity books! For $20, one of them can be yours! (Or your kid's!) If you want to choose a specific book from what we have available, upgrade your contribution by $5 and contact us to let us know. We'll send you a title list to choose from. Otherwise, we'll choose your perk book for you.

    8 out of 27 claimed

    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • SOLD OUT

    $25USD
    Advance Copy Grab Bag

    For $25, you will receive one advance copy of an awesome new book that will be published later this year. It might be a novel, or a biography, or a YA book. But you will be reading it before anyone else. If you want to choose a specific book from what we have available, upgrade your contribution by $5 and contact us to let us know. We'll send you a title list to choose from. Otherwise, we'll choose your perk book for you.

    21 out of 21 claimed

    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $30USD
    Mysteries & Thrillers

    We love a good mystery, and we have some great ones to offer. Detective stories, legal thrillers, dark suspense fiction--they're all great, and one of them can be yours for $30. If you want to choose a specific book from what we have available, upgrade your contribution by $5 and contact us to let us know. We'll send you a title list to choose from. Otherwise, we'll choose your perk book for you.

    6 out of 16 claimed

    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $30USD
    Kids & Young Adult

    From beautifully illustrated fairy tales to contemporary graphic novels to YA fantasy to mysteries for young readers--$30 will get one of these awesome books. If you want to choose a specific book from what we have available, upgrade your contribution by $5 and contact us to let us know. We'll send you a title list to choose from. Otherwise, we'll choose your perk book for you.

    5 out of 16 claimed

    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $30USD
    Love Stories

    From the original romance novelist, Jane Austen, to modern stars of the genre like Robyn Carr, we've got a great selection of romance novels. One of them can be yours for $30! If you want to choose a specific book from what we have available, upgrade your contribution by $5 and contact us to let us know. We'll send you a title list to choose from. Otherwise, we'll choose your perk book for you.

    2 out of 7 claimed

    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $35USD
    Novels & Short Stories

    For $35, you'll get one genuine work of fiction! We have a great assortment of novels and short story collections from a wide range of authors. If you want to choose a specific book from what we have available, upgrade your contribution by $5 and contact us to let us know. We'll send you a title list to choose from. Otherwise, we'll choose your perk book for you.

    12 out of 22 claimed

    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $35USD
    True Stories

    Biographies, histories, memoirs, and other true stories from all over the world. If you want to choose a specific book from what we have available, upgrade your contribution by $5 and contact us to let us know. We'll send you a title list to choose from. Otherwise, we'll choose your perk book for you.

    1 out of 24 claimed

    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $40USD
    Award Winning Fiction

    For $40, you will get a hardcover copy of The Round House by Louise Erdrich, a gorgeous, award-winning mystery set on an Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota. The Round House won the National Book Award for fiction this past year, and the author is also a bookstore owner (which makes us love her books even more).

    4 out of 7 claimed

    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $40USD
    Art & Design

    We've got some very cool books about art, architecture, fashion, interior design, crafts... Contribute $40 and we'll send one of them your way! If you want to choose a specific book from what we have available, upgrade your contribution by $5 and contact us to let us know. We'll send you a title list to choose from. Otherwise, we'll choose your perk book for you.

    0 out of 10 claimed

    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $45USD
    Cooking the Books

    Foodie alert! For $45, we'll send you a cookbook. We've got a wide variety available, including books by Mark Bittman, Dorie Greenspan, wine books, and the Williams-Sonoma series. If you want to choose a specific book from what we have available, upgrade your contribution by $5 and contact us to let us know. We'll send you a title list to choose from. Otherwise, we'll choose your perk book for you.

    9 out of 16 claimed

    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $50USD
    Famous Lives

    Musicians, political figures, sports stars, Hollywood icons. We have memoirs, biographies, photo essays--and some of them are even signed! If you want to choose a specific book from what we have available, upgrade your contribution by $5 and contact us to let us know. We'll send you a title list to choose from. Otherwise, we'll choose your perk book for you.

    1 out of 19 claimed

    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • SOLD OUT

    $50USD
    Read Local - kids edition

    There are so many amazing authors living in Queens, and this perk has an assortment of YA and Kids titles from just a few of them: Astronaut Academy: Re-entry by Dave Roman Drama by Raina Telgemeier Straw House by Daniel Nayeri This Is How I Find Her by Sara Polsky (advance copy)

    1 out of 1 claimed

    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $75USD
    The Hobbit Chronicles

    This is a 2-volume work, detailing the making of Peter Jackson's movies of The Hobbit, an $80 value. Filled with beautiful photos, drawings, and behind-the-scenes looks at how the movies were made.

    0 out of 1 claimed

    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $80USD
    First pick of advance books

    For $75, we'll email you regularly to tell you what galleys (advance copies of new books) we have available. You'll be able to choose one book from the list each time. We'll send one email per month, for six months, beginning in November.

    8 out of 12 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $90USD
    Read Local

    There are so many amazing authors living in Queens, and this perk has an assortment of titles from just a few of them: The Books They Gave Me by Jen Adams Green Washed by Kendra Pierre-Louis a poetry collection by Sweta Vikram The Crooked Branch by Jeanine Cummins and 4 books by Megan Abbott: Dare Me; The End of Everything; Bury Me Deep; and The Song Is You

    0 out of 1 claimed

    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $100USD
    Books & Bones

    Join Bookshop friend and paleontology teacher Jenny Lando for a private tour of the fossil halls at the American Museum of Natural History. Perk includes admission for 4 and a copy of The Dinosaur Hunters, by Dr. Lowell Dingus. Tour to take place on a mutually convenient date.

    0 out of 1 claimed

  • $150USD
    VIP pre-opening party

    For a $150 donation, you're invited to our pre-opening shindig in the store. Come browse the stacks before we open to the general public! Enjoy some beverages and snacks! Chat with us and other local book lovers! Bask in our gratitude for your generosity! (Note: party date is tbd, but will be in mid-August)

    2 out of 40 claimed

    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $250USD
    6 Bookshop book club picks

    For $250, you'll join our store book club. You'll receive a copy of each book we choose for the first 6 rounds. What will the books be? We don't know yet! (We also haven't decided when the book club will begin meeting--probably October or November.) But each book will be personally chosen by us, and you'll have a shiny new copy all to yourself. We hope you'll come to the book club meetings, too, but that is certainly not a requirement.

    4 out of 12 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
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