Celebrate and discover great books.

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Phone Features 

This interactive literary device helps communities share and discover great books.

  • Visitors press a button on the Phone and the corresponding story will play through the Phone’s headset.</br>

    Visitors press a button on the Phone and the corresponding story will play through the Phone’s headset.


    You can…
    1. Assign any of Ishmael’s stories to the buttons on your Phone. There are thousands to choose from!
    2. Upload your own stories to your Phone. You could add stories recorded by your staff, customers, visiting authors or students.
    3. Create fresh playlists on your Phone at any time.
    Sample Story


    The CMI Phone is simple enough for anyone to manage.
    Here’s how it works:
    1. Log in to your CMI Portal, where you can manage all settings and playlists for your Phone.
    2. Browse thousands of Ishmael’s stories or upload your own.
    3. Drag and drop any story to buttons #1-9 of your Phone.
    4. Print out your new playlist and append it to the sign atop your Phone.
    Hardware Demo
    Software Demo

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Venue Spotlight

Literary venues around the world are using CMI Phones to enchant their visitors, students and staff. Here are some examples of how to use the Phone to connect with your community and help readers discover their new favorite books. 

Pricing

Pre-order a Call Me Ishmael Phone for your venue today.

This service is currently being beta tested in a handful of literary venues throughout the world. We’ll begin fulfilling pre-orders from North American venues in late June, and fulfilling globally in Winter 2016. 

One Week Trial S/H

Try the Phone for the cost
of shipping & handling

Prices vary

Thanks to our Kickstarter backers, we're able to offer a week-long trial to any bookstore, library, coffee shop or school that wants to try out a Call Me Ishmael Phone.

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Monthly Rental $60

Per month
(three month min.)

+ $150-$250 startup fee

CMI Phone

One-on-one startup consultation

Staff training guide

Power cord

2 rechargeable USB batteries (optional)

Table/floor stand (optional)

9 pre-loaded stories

Access to full CMI Library

Upload your own stories

Unlimited story swapping

Pre-order
Yearly Rental $365

Per year
(Best deal)

+ $150-$250 startup fee

CMI Phone

One-on-one startup consultation

Staff training guide

Power cord

2 rechargeable USB batteries (optional)

Table/floor stand (optional)

9 pre-loaded stories

Access to full CMI Library

Upload your own stories

Unlimited story swapping

Pre-order

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FAQ

How is my Phone powered?

Your Phone gets power through a standard wall outlet or a rechargeable USB battery that fits inside the Phone’s lockable coin bank. The battery will keep your Phone charged for 8-12 hours, depending on how often it’s used.

How do I add stories to my Phone?

Log in to your CMI Portal to browse our existing library of stories or upload your own. Then, drag and drop a story to assign it to a number on your Phone. These stories sync with your Phone over Wi-Fi.

How often can I swap out stories?

As often as you’d like! Just reboot the Phone by unplugging and replugging it, and the stories you’ve selected in your CMI Portal will sync to your Phone. Remember, you’ll need to re-print the sign for the top of your Phone each time you change stories so that your visitors know how which story they’re selecting.

Where should I put my Phone?

Every venue is different, but we recommend placing your phone in the middle of a table full of books or mounting it on a prominent wall. If you’re looking for a stand, you’ll see a few options when you checkout to pay on this site.

Will the Phone work without Wi-Fi?

Wi-Fi is required for swapping stories and using the ringer function on a CMI Phone. However, once the stories are on a Phone they will play without a Wi-Fi signal, so you can place it outside, at a conference booth or in a bookmobile.

Can visitors record stories on my Phone?

Not directly, but anyone can call Ishmael from a cell phone or Skype to record a story. You can also upload an audio or video file of a story to the CMI Portal, and we’ll convert it into a file that’s playable on your Phone. We’ve found that recording a story in the middle of a crowded place isn’t ideal for getting a great audio recording. Here are some tips for empowering your visitors or students to record great stories about the books they love.

Will my Phone ever ring?

Yes, but only if you trigger the sound by clicking a button on your private CMI Portal. The Phone will ring three times to entice a nearby visitor to pick up the receiver. If they answer the Phone, a story will automatically play.

How does the free trial work?

If you want to try a Phone for a week, sign up and we’ll loan you one. If you and your community don’t love it, you can send it back. We ask only that you cover the cost of shipping. You can learn more about the free trial here

What if I break my Phone?

Call Me Ishmael Phones are very durable, but sometimes accidents happen. If your Phone breaks, mail the broken one back to us and we’ll send you a replacement for $100 and the cost of shipping.

Can I cancel my Phone Subscription?

Once your rental commitment has expired, you can cancel your subscription at any time by shipping the Phone back to us in its original packaging.

Why is the CMI Phone billed as a subscription service?

Our goal is to create an innovative and sustainable service that celebrates books at local literary venues. Your Call Me Ishmael Phone subscription allows us to add new stories to Ishmael’s library each week, process stories that you and your community create, and continuously enhance the CMI Phone and Portal. The subscription model also covers the costs we accrue each time you swap stories on your Phone.

Can I change my subscription after ordering?

Sure. If you ordered a 3-month subscription and want to switch to a yearly reservation, just let us know. Your new year of subscribing to the Call Me Ishmael Phone will begin after your 3 months are over. 

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