if:book uk


if:book uk was founded in 2009. We are a charitable company, a think and do tank exploring digital possibilities for literature.

Objectives and activities:

The charity’s objects are to advance education through exploring the evolution of publishing, education and story telling in the digital age.

Our activities include:

Funding the awards for the annual New Media Writing Prize, administered by Bournemouth University, including the if:book Prize for New Media Writing and The Dot Award for Digital Literature.

Research projects exploring the future of the book and digital possibilities for literature, including Nearlywriting Nearlyology: an experiment in transmedia literary fiction; The Ifso Press: journal of the in-between and a transmedia production house; Interludes: playful workshops with writers, academics artists and makers from different genres, backgrounds, disciplines and art forms.

Since if:book uk was launched we’ve seen extraordinary developments in publishing, politics and communications. There is much to debate about how we share our words, our news, views and stories, now and in the future.

We’ve worked with schools, universities, publishers, libraries and with many writers including Doris Lessing, David Almond, Kate Pullinger, Naomi Alderman, Cory Doctorow and Daljit Nagra.

We’ve worked closely with The Institute for the Future of the Book in New York, founded by Bob Stein, who wrote:

“For the past five hundred years, humans have used print — the book and its various page-based cousins — to move ideas across time and space. Radio, cinema and television emerged in the last century and…now we are combining media to forge new forms of expression. For now, we use the word “book” broadly, even metaphorically, to talk about what has come before — and what might come next.”

We’ve been funded by Arts Council England, The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, The Jerwood Poetry Fund and others.

IF:BOOK THE FUTURE OF THE BOOK is a charitable company.
Charity Registration No. 1124715
Company Registration No. 06571280 (England and Wales)
Principal Address:
Chris Meade
127 Rathcoole Gardens, London, N8 9PH
Registered office: Chantry House, 22 Upperton Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 1BF
Trustees: Mr G Palmer, Ms H Coppard, Ms J Klaces