GIMME SHELTER Newsletter
January31, 2012

In 1973 we published the oversized book Shelter. At its heart were small buildings. We advised people to start small, and presented complete plans, drawn by Bob Easton, for 5 small buildings, each with a different roof shape: shed, low gable, steep gable, hip, and circular.

Almost 40 years has passed and now, due to a variety of factors, the concept has caught on. We lucked out with the timing of TINY HOMES. Yesterday, an article featuring the book appeared in the Wall Street Journal.

Here's a link to getting the whole article (for 6 days) without subscribing to the WSJ:

WSJ ARTICLE

Excerpts:
"It may be one of the most intriguing trends in homebuilding: do-it-yourself tiny homes. Lloyd Kahn's Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter, a quirky photo-rich book that preaches the benefits of a 'grassroots movement to scale things back.' It has already sold 5,200 copies in the U.S. and Canada since going on sale Jan. 15, making the title a genuine hit in a distinctly niche market.

'It's about fantasy,' said Jonas Kyle, one of the owners of Spoonbill & Sugartown Booksellers in Brooklyn, NY, which reordered it after a modest initial order sold out.

'What all these books reflect is that people are interested in living more simply,' said Patricia Bostelman, vice president of marketing at Barnes & Noble, Inc. 'The economy declined, and people are finding ways to downsize.' Barnes & Noble is carrying Tiny Homes in several hundred stores in major markets.

'What I'm saying with this new book is don't get a mortgage, don't pay high rent, and don't go into debt,' said Mr. Kahn. 'If you're young enough or you're just starting out and don't want to work 12 hours a day, here's an alternative.'"

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Yesterday the book was #52 on the Amazon Best Seller Ranking. (#58 was The Girl Who Played With Fire.) The highest we've ever had a book before was around #700.