Frankfurt Book Fair attendees and online followers tracked the book’s progress as it was conceptualized, written and assembled over the course of 72 hours by a small team using simple technological tools–upending the publishing industry’s traditional time- and resource-intensive models for writing and publication. The Intel Labs proof-of-concept enables even small teams of authors and editors to create entirely new types of reading experiences quickly and easily.
In addition to pieces from a core team of authors, the book includes a crowdsourced element, incorporating text, images and video contributions from Frankfurt Book Fair attendees as well as a global network of contributors.
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Our digital publication, Beyond the Book, addresses these big questions:
- What is the future of publishing?
- 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?
- How will books be edited in the future?
- How will the concept of the book evolve in the future?
- In what new ways will authors engage with their readers?
Our collaborative team built an innovative, multimedia structure for the book on the fly – you can read the main text on this site, but be sure to download the reader to get the full multimedia experience, complete with video, images and crowdsourced writing from participants all over the world!
Ed Finn, director of the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University, led a core team of fiction writers, journalists, scholars, technologists and publishing professionals.
The project hosted public dialogs with the team throughout the Frankfurt Book Fair, focusing on their vision for the book, the process of writing, the challenges they faced and what they learned about the future of publishing. This website also functioned as a hub for project updates, videos and other media content documenting the book sprint.