The 24-Hour Book

24 hours.

9 writers.

1 book.

On 11 June 2012, if:book Australia will challenge a team of writers and editors to collaborate, write, and publish a book in a single 24-hour period.

At midday, nine writers (including Nick Earls, Steven Amsterdam, Krissy Kneen, and P.M. Newton) will gather at the State Library of Queensland and begin writing furiously. Their stories will be written live on the day, with work in progress posted online to allow readers to watch the story unfold and to submit ideas, suggestions and contributions across media. As the stories are completed, a team of bleary-eyed editors will take the text from manuscript to a book.

On the 12 June (at midday of course), the finished book will be available in both digital and print with a launch in the following days.

Digital tools  have already made a tremendous impact on the process of writing and reading. We’re used to thinking about text written for screens, such as blogs, as instant publishing platforms: the act of making writing public is as simple as clicking a button literally marked ‘Publish’. Digital writing is also designed as a collaborative environment: writers, editors, designers, and even audience are all invited to take part in the creation of a complete document.

But what if we apply these concepts to making and reading books? Not just books for screens, but for ink and paper too?

How far can you push the technology? How far can you take the book?

if:book Australia presents: The 24-Hour Book

11 – 12 June 2012

Watch the story unfold at futureofthebook.org.au


  • Nick Earls
  • Steven Amsterdam
  • Krissy Kneen
  • P.M. Newton
  • Geoff Lemon
  • Rjurik Davidson
  • Christopher Currie
  • Angela Slatter
  • Simon Groth
  • Keith Stevenson (Editor)

Stay tuned to if:book Australia for more details in the coming months.

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15 Responses to The 24-Hour Book

  1. Fred Moody February 20, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    Invisible Seattle redux.

    • Simon Groth February 20, 2012 at 10:39 pm #

      We stand on the shoulders of giants. Invisible Seattle were waaaaaay ahead of their time. For anyone who doesn't know about them, check out http://invisibleseattle.net/ and be amazed.

  2. Annie Evett February 21, 2012 at 9:27 am #


    • if:book February 22, 2012 at 11:31 am #


  3. Annie Evett February 21, 2012 at 9:27 am #


  4. Zena Shapter February 27, 2012 at 10:24 am #

    Good luck, guys! I’m sure the result will be a tremendous success :D

    • if:book February 27, 2012 at 10:37 am #

      Thanks Zena. Our metric for success is the volume of data we can generate so it’s guaranteed.

  5. Sharnai James-McGovern March 1, 2012 at 2:48 am #

    Definitely want to watch this happen!


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