This is the home of if:book UK, the charitable company exploring  the future of the book, founded by writer Chris Meade in 2007.

IF:BOOK UK supports the annual New Media Writing Prize organised by Bournemouth University, and in 2015 launched The Dot Award for Digital Literature, given to a writer for a proposed new work using the web in creative and collaborative ways. The first prize was won by J R Carpenter, author of City Fish, for a proposed work on weather and wind. This year JR gave a talk about how things never turn out the way she plans. Then her brilliant new piece, The Gathering Cloud was awarded this year’s NMWPrize.


The 2nd Dot Award was won by Greek poet Theodoros Chiotis for a proposal to make a multi-media performance in real time mixing autobiographical journal with machine-created data.

Winners, sponsors and judges at the New Media Writing Prize 2017

IF:BOOK UK is a think and do tank, linked to Bob Stein’s Institute for The Future of the Book in New York. We’ve been at the forefront of debate about the future of the book at a time of huge changes in publishing and digital culture. Follow us on Twitter @ifbook and on Facebook

NEARLYOLOGY.NET is the home of the Nearly Project and WHAT DIDN’T QUITE, a transmedia fiction being created by Chris Meade, with songs by CHRIS OVERLEAF  & THE IFSO BAND

THE IFSO PRESS is our changing online menu of great reading commissioned or recommended by if:book. Authors we’ve worked with include Naomi Alderman, Cory Doctorow, Daljit Nagra, Kate Pullinger, Saradha Soobrayen.. and many more.

Nearly Gathering in Bath with if:book Collaborative Writer in Residence, Luke Roberts and Kayt Lackie