UXBRIDGE, U.K., Sept. 6, 2017 – A book collaboration of epic scale is underway with 14 celebrated and award-winning international writers and creative talents. Xerox’s Project: SET THE PAGE FREETM will feature chapters by each of the contributors – including a poem and a song – that together tell the ultimate story of the modern workplace, each with a unique creative perspective on the working world.

The project website SetThePageFree.com – which launches today – is the initial reveal of short video documentaries, exclusive photos, book excerpts and podcasts from the first wave of contributors including UK author Lee Child, Joshua Ferris, Roxane Gay and Gary Shteyngart. In the weeks ahead, additional content from Jonathan Ames, Billy Collins, Jonathan Coulton, Sloane Crosley, Jonathan Safran Foer, Chip Kidd, Valeria Luiselli, Alain Mabanckou, Aimee Mann and Joyce Carol Oates will be revealed.

Xerox has always focused on innovating the way the world communicates, connects and works. Today, that means delivering breakthrough experiences that allow people to move freely between their physical and digital worlds. This project captures that spirit in a creative, mainstream way.

Xerox technology, software and apps are helping the contributors collaborate throughout the project – whether it’s translating languages using the Xerox Easy Translator Service app, making use of its voice recognition technology or scanning and sharing their work in the cloud.

“We are at the heart of the changes happening in the modern workplace,” said Jeff Jacobson, chief executive officer, Xerox. “No matter if you are an author penning pages, a salesperson prepping for a customer visit or a small business owner looking to expand, people need to work seamlessly wherever they are. This project brings those connections to life.”

As part of the project, Xerox is aiding global literacy through donations to 92nd Street Y and Worldreader.

The project has been in collaboration with 92nd Street Y, a world-class nonprofit community and cultural centre in New York City that provided an unparalleled lineup of authors and artists, as well as the editing for production of the finished book. 92nd Street Y forges deep connections between readers and writers all over the world through their global literacy outreach programmes, digital festivals, online seminars and livestream events.

Worldreader, a global nonprofit organisation, shares Xerox’s belief in the transformative potential of technology. It champions digital reading in underserved communities by creating a world where everyone can be a reader, empowering over 500,000 children and families in 50 countries to read from its free digital library every month.

The book will be released internationally as a free eBook in English in late October. Beginning Sept. 19, the French and Latin American Spanish versions of the site will be launched, for a global programme rollout to 22 countries.

For updates on the project including author videos, podcast interviews, contributor excerpts and the latest information about the book release, visit SetThePageFree.com and follow #SetThePageFree.

The project was developed with Xerox’s partner Y&R New York, with media strategy and execution provided by MEC Global.

About Xerox
Xerox Corporation is an $11 billion technology leader that innovates the way the world communicates, connects and works. Our expertise is more important than ever as customers of all sizes look to improve productivity, maximize profitability and increase satisfaction. We do this for small and mid-size businesses, large enterprises, governments, graphic communications providers, and for our partners who serve them. 

We understand what’s at the heart of work – and all of the forms it can take. We embrace the increasingly complex world of paper and digital. Office and mobile. Personal and social. Every day across the globe – in more than 160 countries – our technology, software and people successfully navigate those intersections. We automate, personalise, package, analyse and secure information to keep our customers moving at an accelerated pace. For more information visit www.xerox.com.


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