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Presentation Nov 2010

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Presentation on the Future of the Book,
The Amplified Author and the Local Unlibrary
by Chris Meade,
Director of if:book (London)
the think and do tank exploring the future of the book in the digital age

Published in: Education
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Presentation Nov 2010

  1. 1. if:bookChris Meade The Future of Reading The Amplified Author In The Unlibrary www.futureofthebook.org.uk QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture.
  2. 2. > How is reading changing in a digital world? > How can digital technology boost the appeal of reading for reluctant readers? > How can we make the most of the digital technology we have in school to work creatively in English? > What free packages and software are out there for us to use? > What is the future for reading and writing?
  3. 3. “if all the sky was paper and all the sea was ink” the word set free
  4. 4. If:book london, www.futureofthebook.org.uk A think and do tank exploring the future of the book as our culture moves from printed page to networked screen and the potential of new media for creative readers and writers linked to The Institute for the Future of the Book New York, Founded by Bob Stein www.futureofthebook.org
  5. 5. A Life In Books bookshops libraries poetry society booktrust… - but tv, film, web & music too
  6. 6. Community Arts > Write Back >Opening the Book CREATIVE READING & WRITING > IMAGINATION SERVICES Reader Development > Poetry Society > Poetry Places > Booktrust > Bookstart > Everybody Writes…
  7. 7. digital solves the problems… > access for all > a means to publish and distribute new voices freely > text and performance together > creative reading for real
  8. 8. booklovers have been in denial books have already been sent up to bed we’re all transliterate now… even my mum
  9. 9. the book: an experience not an object literature isn’t made of paper books happen in our heads and hearts the object is a souvenir of our visit
  10. 10. why have we all spent so much time promoting the page when it’s WORDS we love ?
  11. 11. the iPad moment
  12. 12. literature on the mainstage in the places where people are looking
  13. 13. How do we define a book if it’s not made of paper?
  14. 14. what is a book? a constantly changing form - from papyrus to codex to paperback to kindle to macbook and beyond
  15. 15. a symbol of freedom a container of culture a conversation a bounded entity… And now we can make new kinds what is a book?
  16. 16. illuminations
  17. 17. imagination & digitisation “Blake was always using new technologies, often abusing technologies, not for the sake of an interest in the technology per se, but what he could use it for. He believed that, rather like learning a language… if you speak a different language maybe you ask different questions. And the language of the digital age is one that Blake would have pursued.”
  18. 18. digital expectations • to read and write • to click through for more • to collaborate with others • to mix media • to reply • to replay
  19. 19. talking moving picture books for children and adults wingedchariot.com enhancededitions.com stories for grey times • etherbooks.co.uk PHICTIVE.COM stories on the move the lowdown? the future of the app. QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. Story games QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. perplexcity..the winter house.. alice re-animated… www.insearchoflosttim.net In Search of Lost Tim A magical, musical, graphical, digital fiction
  20. 20. Enhanced & Illuminated Collaborative fan fiction 24 hr book Multiplatform ARG games creative reading and writing QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture.
  21. 21. book things QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. booktwo.org www. book futures .com
  22. 22. Found How to be Twelve
  23. 23. www.hotbook.ning.com
  24. 24. http://futureofthebook.org.uk/jacob/readernew.html
  25. 25. the research 96% of ‘lower ability’ students found it more interesting than standard approaches 86% of all students recommended it to other schools Strong impact on Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills “The normal way we read can be boring. However this was interactive and made my learning enjoyable.”
  26. 26. but… not just a cunning trick to con non-readers into looking at books
  27. 27. CPD Helping teachers to‘get it’ training technical skills finding the tools developing the digital imagination
  28. 28. communities book groups turned books into experiences that take a month and end in a meal www.fictional-stimulus.ning.com a digital reading experience curation
  29. 29. How Power Corrupts by Ricardo Blaug, Westminster University Academic publisher, price £50, sales 390 Curated conversation online and at the Free Word Centre Between formal education and ‘just reading’
  30. 30. wingedchariot.com Developing multi-lingual books for iPads Research their use in London schools
  31. 31. young poets’ network if:book and the Poetry Society producing: Toolkit of digital resources, articles, videos, commissioned poems Helping young poets (13 - 18yrs) to set targets for their personal ‘poetic licence’ Finding the readership, criticism, writing, performance and all kinds of publishing skills they need to develop their poetry
  32. 32. local writers • can publish to the world from home • can use networks to find each other, near and far • can ‘click’ and find out more
  33. 33. amplified author in a room with a view broadcasting words in conversation publishing, self publishing, twitter, blogs, social media local and global needing recognition, criticism, readership, income in control of their writing life
  34. 34. join the unlibrary new kinds of spaces for bookiness imagination service for the writer/readers of transliterature focal point for writers and readers safe place to ‘click’ on people shared dream space in networked recession
  35. 35. in the unlibrary > Personal profiles on the shelves > Wall of messages, notes, images, thoughts…  Meet up online  and for real
  36. 36. www.ifsoflo.ning.com www.futureofthebook.org.uk
  37. 37. Cartoon by Toni Le Busque

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