Story Of Books is a website about an object we love above all else, the book. Our focus is on the compelling storytelling and the medium of book as a beautiful design object.

The project began life as a Twitter hashtag for Sojournposse’s London Design Festival 2011 event, “Whatever is to become of books?”.

Fast forward six years later, despite the many technological attempts to replace hard copies, books are still around and people are still captivated by the stories written by authors.

The project’s history

At the 2011 event, we asked ourselves the question: what would happen to storytelling now? Are we ready for a life without books?

On 17 September 2011 at University College London, we addressed an issue with regards to the future of books as the placeholder of ideas. We invited publishing experts from Samsung, Mag+, Oxford Brookes University, British Library, Blurb Books, Photo Book Club, The Comics Grid, The Ballet Bag and social scientists to give their insights.

The event saw speakers from design, publishing, multimedia and digital anthropology discussing the change in traditional publishing platforms and its effect on the labour landscape. It also addressed the issue of the shift in narrative within design, literature and journalism, from traditional storytelling to digital storytelling, and how this changes the way consumers ‘memorise’ and document information.

Backed by the Department of Anthropology, this event was held in support of the Anthropology programmes MSc Digital Anthropology, MA Material & Visual Culture and MA Culture, Materials & Design – all of which were developed by the Material Culture division to examine group behaviours around artifacts, including digital applications.

Sojournposse Collective

Sojournposse was active from 2006 until 2012. The storytelling collective was the powerhouse behind the Story of Books project. It was involved in three London Design Festival projects in 2009 and 2010. Sojournposse was conceived in 2006 by a group of editors from design, photography and journalism backgrounds to discuss storytelling that inspires. Our social engagement project began at The London Design Festival 2009, where we hosted an annual seminar The Inspiration Room to support and introduce the latest storytelling technology and talents.

GLUE Studio

GLUE Studio is the design agency established by the co-founders of Sojournposse in 2012. It is the main sponsor of the Story of Books.