Sprint Beyond the Book was a real-time collaboration among a team of on-site authors and a global network of contributors to write, edit and publish a multimedia digital book, Beyond the Book, in just 72 hours at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the world’s largest book and media fair. The book was created in a prototype application that demonstrates the potential of a collaborative multimedia platform for nimble, responsive publishing. Sprint Beyond the Book was a success beyond our wildest hopes: we created a high-quality book exploring the future of reading, writing and publishing and brought together valuable perspectives from a diverse group of contributors. You can read the core text of Beyond the Book at this website, or download the reader to see the full book with video, images and crowdsourced text from dozens of collaborators around the world.
During Sprint Beyond the Book, a core team of seven visionary authors – fiction writers, journalists, scholars and publishing professionals – joined together with dozens of collaborators to share their visions for the future of publishing. We are still deeply engaged with exploring a variety of exciting futures for books, reading, writing and publishing. Submit your own words and videos and help us figure out what lies beyond the book!
The Sprint Beyond the Book is complete! You can read the main text of our publication, Beyond the Book, on this website by using the links below. You can also download the Intel Labs PGE Reader to access the book with a fully-designed layout featuring video interviews, images and additional text crowdsourced from attendees at the Frankfurt Book Fair and participants around the world. We’ll be updating Beyond the Book with additional essays and other content soon, so check back frequently to experience the latest version of this living text.
The Sprint Beyond the Book was a great success: we wrote, edited and published a collaborative multimedia book exploring the future of reading, writing, editing and publishing in just 72 hours! We are extremely grateful to everyone who made this possible: our collaborators here on the ground and around the world. Thank you to our writers – Charlie Stross, Dan Gillmor, Jane Friedman, Brian David Johnson, Corey Pressman and Lee Konstantinou – to the many people who shared their thoughts in text and video contributions, to our colleagues from Intel and at ASU, and to the many supporters who stopped by to show their support at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
Beyond the Book isn’t a finished product – it will continue to evolve. You can join the conversation on Twitter at the hashtag #beyondthebook. You can also contribute your ideas for future editions of Beyond the Book and our other experiments with the future of publishing by responding to our 7 big questions.
Beyond the Book
How will people read in the future?
How will people find new books to read in the future?
How will books be produced in the future, and who will produce them?
How will books be written and edited in the future?
How will the concept of the book evolve in the future?
What will the economics of authorship be in the future? In what new ways will authors engage with their readers?