A book about everything that happened in 2016 reached its goal on Kickstarter, and sold out of its product, in just one day.
A project by Newsweek’s Executive Editor Margarita Noriega, Internet Review features short essays and illustrations by some of New York’s (and New York Twitter’s) best known names, writing on topics from politics to sports to memes. A few prospective highlights include Josh Gondelman on the “Warriors had a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals” meme, Helen Rosner on performative consumption, Siwe Fumodoh on Donald Trump’s vulgarity, and Sasha Frere-Jones on Gil Scott-Heron’s B-Movie.
“Thanks everyone for your amazing support,” Noriega posted on Twitter. “Not only did @internetreview_ hit the entire goal in 6 hours—it also sold 100 books in 12 hours.”
The reward for a $20 donation was completely sold out as of Monday evening. But if you blinked worry not, you can still get the book and some neat add-ons at the $30 level.
— Glory a.k.a #WellReadBlackGirl (@guidetoglo) December 5, 2016
This is a sort of wonderful success, and just what Kickstarter is for: Printing a book without a guaranteed audience. But now there is one! And this thing that wouldn’t have existed otherwise will exist and the world will be marginally better for it. A good omen, perhaps, for 2017.