update september 2010

if:book london, the think and do tank exploring the future of the book, was set up by Chris Meade in 2007, in partnership with the Institute for the Future of the Book in New York.
You can keep in touch with if:book by reading the www.bookfutures.com blog, following @ifbook on Twitter. Here's an update of our recent activities which we've sent out. 
Please do send a lonk to any you think might be interested. 


Over the past few months Chris has been been speaking about if:book and the future of the book - to publishers in a print works in Padua; to teachers, academics, writers, students, artists and readers in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane where if:book Australia has been founded as part of the Queenland Writers Centre; at a conference in Salamanca, with the British Council at the Moscow Book Fair. He was writer in residence for a weekend at The Edge digital centre in Brisbane, and advisor to the 3Cs collaborative arts project on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. 

Back in the UK we launched the Seize The Time initiative, talking to literature professionals in Birmingham, Leeds and London about the sector's role in the curation and illumination of literature online;
attended the Channel 4 Education Conference and a day for Social Entrepreneurs on ‘The Big Society’, organized by the Big Society Network and Unltd, funders of social enterprises.

In June if:book associates Sasha Hoare and Toni Le Busque produced a fabulous digital sampler of work by the mentored writers on the Arvon Foundation’s Clore Duffield funded scheme, called All These Things Are True and Not True.http://futureofthebook.org.uk/arvon/index.html

WONDA, the Writer Without Residence project, funded by QCDA, ran for three very hectic weeks in three London primary schools, with author Aoife Mannix, Kati Rynne and Chris responding to hundreds of questions from delighted students. We are now considering how to develop this template as a product for schools.

Meanwhile if:book’s first CPD day for teachers, run in Berkshire in June, was a big success and will lead to an ongoing relationship with schools there.

Chris has recently published posts on the TOC Tools Of Change in Publishing blog and www.futurebook.net, the digital blog of the Bookseller. 

A major interview with Bob Stein was published recently in Canopy magazine. In June Bob Stein spoke at an event at the Hospital club Covent Garden on Future Scenarios for the Publishing Industry.



We will soon be announcing details of an exciting new project in partnership with a national literature organisation.

We are in the process of setting up the first ever Unlibrary at Hornsey Library and preparing for a Future of the Bookshop project with the University of Melbourne next summer. We’re also working with www.wingedchariot.com, publishers of the first children’s books on the iPhone and iPad, exploring their use in schools.

This autumn Chris  is running a workshop at Booktrust, speaking at the Frankfurt Book Fair, STATIONERY, an International conference on the future of publishing in Freiburg,  a conference on 21st Century New Way of Reading in Lisbon, chairing a discussion at the Poole Literature Festival's first New Media Writing prize.. and more.

We will be running two IFSO Unconferences on AMPLIFIED AUTHORS, for writers, teachers and literature development professionals, funded by Arts Council England.

Our digital school resource THE HOTBOOK is still available free from www.ifsoflo.ning.com, funded by the Esme Fairbairn Foundation. 
Hundreds of secondary schools have downloaded and used the software, We'll be using this project as the basis for a package of materials for schools. 

We’re revamping the ifsoflo.ning.com site which will become the main network for all if:book activities and a community of writers, teachers, literature development workers. Please join! 

Chris is also planning a project to create a community and a physical space dedicated to discussion of the academic text 
How Power Corrupts by Ricardo Blaug, as a pilot for curating debate around other academic works that deserve wider readership. The SLED (Student Led Discussion) project at Leeds University will partner with if:book on this. 

It’s hard to plan very far ahead in the current economic climate, but if:book is at the forefront of an area which is of top priority in education and publishing; we’re building links with social network marketing, social enterprise, new and more and traditional media – and there’s clear evidence that people around the world are interested in what we have to say. 


THANKS for your interest and support


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