if:book Australia explores new forms of digital literature and investigates the changing relationship between writer and reader. Its explorations at the intersection of technology and publishing take the form of writing, teaching, and experimenting.
Working at the blurred boundaries of what qualifies as ‘the book’ continues to provide fascinating and instructive observations on how writers and readers interact and what kind of stories can be told. It was never about ebooks. If we remove the medium altogether and define the book as a type of interaction, a relationship, between reader and writer, then we can ask:
What is the purpose of the book in a connected, participatory reading and writing culture?
What are the new forms that continue to emerge that take advantage of how ideas and stories are discovered and shared?
How can the technologies for old and new media interact to create new work? What does that mean for how that work might be read?
What changes when we change the book? And what remains the same?
Since its inception in 2010, if:book Australia has published tens of thousands of words from some of the nation’s best writers and thinkers on book futures, delivered workshops from Perth to Canberra to Alice Springs, helped authors create live writing inspired by an audience, and remixed lost nineteenth century Australian fiction.
We even took a complete book from concept to print in twenty-four hours.
if:book Australia is based at the Queensland Writers Centre and linked to an international fellowship of organisations exploring book futures, including the Institute for the Future of the Book in New York and if:book UK.
if:book Australia is led by writer, editor, and reader of both pixels and ink, Simon Groth.
if:book Australia is an initiative of Queensland Writers Centre
if:book Australia is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts