Sunday, 31 January 2010

sunday outing



Ben Grubb (nephew) and my Mum at the Southbank Centre

Saturday, 30 January 2010

it's here



And the arrival of the other kind is a big moment too.
I can see why I was anticipating the announcement of Apple's new gismo this week, what with running a charity that promotes digital, multimedia literary forms, but it was weird this week to look over my shoulder and find most of the rest of the world (well, nearly) anticipating it too.

"We've all got smart phones and laptops" says Steve Jobs. (Well, nearly all, if you mean people like us as opposed to the rest of the people who live on the planet. "Now we need to get an iPad." And it'll be really like cool and fun for him to sell it to us.

But this is what we've been banging on about: the devise that puts reading back onto the main stage and blends books into the multimedia mix. So..let's get creating wonderful new kinds of experiences for mobile readers (by which I mean people, by the way, not gadgets).

*****

We launch the HOTBOOK on tuesday Feb 2nd at the Free Word Centre after which a beta version of this six week reading experience for secondary schools will be free to download, thanks to Everythingweb who are kindly supporting the project which is funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

«The Great Wipe hath irrayzed much of world culcha, butta few bits of licheracha haveth bn found – pleez help mi choose most bestest 2 exxibit» so says Curator HOTBOOK on 2/2/3010.

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

book fatigue




I love the idea of this Flickr stream of people sleeping in libraries. Poetic somehow, and reminds me of Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire where angels cruise the library listening into people's thoughts.. and dreams.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/george/galleries/72157622566655097

Saturday, 23 January 2010

i-Pill launched at last



Ooh what's next from Apple? Everything we can't quite imagine quite?

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

snow thoughts

The new year kicks off with a blizzard of future of the book thought and do.
At if:book we're racing to complete the Hotbook, launched Feb 2, working flat out on some top secret projects far too hush hush to disclose, writing for BECTA and the Apples & Snakes My Place Or Yours site and putting together project plans for great stuff in schools... Exhausting just to think about it! Meanwhile the twittersphere is a flurry of talk about the long awaited iSlate/tablet/pad launch (I think iPad sounds best) and new eReaders cropping up all over, along with unreliable claims about sales over Christmas. There are so many predictions coming out of the futurists that George Walkley has created a grid of them
HERE.

And the tone of the conversation is shifting, from a philosophical debate about the nature of reading, culture and literature, to more prosaic and practical stuff about formats and marketplaces. The future has arrived and becomes the now, more urgent, less... well, imaginary. We'll be running ifsoflo roundtable events around the country this year, to make sure that literature organisations are at the forefront of developments in distribution and that true imagination thrives in the midst of hectic digital hype, but it's also time for if:book to focus on the production of wonderful things with inspiring partners and talented writers and makers.