UPDATE November 2012: We're still getting a lot of traffic to this page, which is amazing. What's not amazing is that we have no link to purchase Willow Pattern from here. You want to see what nine authors, ten editors, and whole lot of support and technology can produce in a mere twenty-four hours? Follow this link. UPDATE 13/6/12: The free downloads are no longer available. Head over to today's post for follow up information.
Well, it's been a crazy race around the clock face for the team here at if:book Australia. Nine writers, ten editors, one designer, a slew of bloggers, volunteers and coffee-bringers, and PressBooks, one amazing digital publishing platform, and somehow we have managed to produce a book. Not just write and edit one, but design and publish it in print and ebook form in 24 hours. A little less than 24 hours actually.
And here it is...
Willow Pattern, written by Nick Earls, Krissy Kneen, Steven Amsterdam, Angela Slatter, Rjurik Davidson, PM Newton, Geoff Lemon and if:book's own Simon Groth. The book was lovingy shaped (also beaten, bullied and lectured to) by lead editor Keith Stevenson, and an amazingly energetic team of editors from QUT Creative Industries. And given a beautiful set of clothes by designer Benjamin Portas of Kids in Cloaks. Here's some info about the whole team.
Willow Pattern is available for you to read right now!
Read on the web
Read the e-book
Download EPUB Download Kindle edition These formats are available for download for FREE for 24 hours from this website, before it is distributed commercially to Amazon and other retailers.
Read the print book
The picture above comes courtesy of Queensland author Robert Hoge who was present to collect the very first print copy from the Espresso Book Machine at the Brooklyn Public Library in New York! Rob and our partners at On Demand Books snuck into the library out of hours to help us bring this book into the world with fifteen minutes still to spare on the 24 hour deadline.
You will be able to purchase your own print copy from various Espresso Book Machines around the world, including Australia. We'll be updating this purchase page with new print outlets as they become available. For right now, you can order a print copy by emailing the Brooklyn Public Library EBM (firstname.lastname@example.org) or indie bookseller Powell's (Powells@ondemandbooks.com) The print edition is available for USD $12.95
We did it! Huzzah!