Prototypes. We're currently working on the sixth prototype. The first two were Frankenstein composites of several other books, the third was made from scratch in-house, the fourth was made by an artisan book binder here in NYC, and the fifth was the first iteration of manufacturing.
The hardest part about jumping from the artisan's hand made book (4th) to a factory made book (5th) is tweaking all the fine points that we had designed in person. It's a slow process, but we're getting there little by little. We're happy to say the end goal is in sight.
Release. The first Baron Fig book is going to be made available to order next month via Kickstarter. We chose to go the Kickstarter route because manufacturing requires that we order large amounts—literally thousands—to get a price that will allow us to sell it for a fair price. We'll be able to aggregate the initial group of sales all at once and make a shipment based on that. If you like this project, please share it—if we don't hit our mark we can't launch it all.
More soon! Thanks again to everyone who has shown support thus far!
—The Baron Fig Team