The Sketchnote Army Traveling Book

The Sketchnote Army Travelling Book

What is

Everything started with this:

Mauro made it and started the book's adventure by sending it to Gary in Hawaii as first "hop".

The physical object is a sturdy, handmade, hand-binded, 112 pages notebook.

This kind of project is not new, of course, but we love the idea of the community sharing something real, something we can touch and create in some ways a contact closer that those we use to have through the Internet.

This book will travel the world for about 2 years, from sketchnoter to sketchnoter and each one will add his own contribution by drawing a sketchnote on 1 page. We will post every update here on SketchnoteArmy and you can also follow the trip on this mobile-friendly website. At the end of the trip the book will (hopefully) come back to Mauro and will become a gorgeous free ebook for everyone to enjoy!


How it works

Receiving the book

There is no plan or a pre-determined route! You simply can't deliberately request the book: the current Sketchnoter, who host the book, have the right to decide to whom to sent the book. You can, of course, get in contact to the current Sketchnoter suggesting your name for the next hop. You can always get in contact with Mauro.

Sending the book to the next Sketchnoter

Delivery costs are on the current host of the book. This book is a bit heavy and, depending on the distance it needs to travel, delivery can be rather expensive. In case you have trouble in affording the delivery cost for the travel you planned, please ask the Sketchnote Army community (or Mauro) to find a Sketchnoter closer to you.

Keep the book traveling

Please, do not hold the book more than 1 week!!! If you have problems with the delivery, you can't figure out to whom to send the book or whatever else PLEASE get in touch with Mauro as soon as possible. Furthermore please make sure that the next Sketchnoter actually want to receive the book.

Share what you do with the book

This is important to track the book in its trip. The sharing platform of choice is Twitter and you need to mention @xLontrax or @SketchnoteArmy, this allow us to gather all the book's related tweets in a collection you can find following on this post. If you do not have a Twitter account please keep us informed about all the book's activity using this Contact Form: We'll post everything for you. Here are the best practices:

  • Always mention @xLontrax or @SketchnoteArmy in the posts related to the book: this allow me to keep the track more easily
  • Always use #SABookjourney hastag in the posts related to the book: this allow me and the community to follow the book's story
  • Post a pict of you with the book when you receive it: this makes the sender happy and we all know the book is safe
  • Post a pict of your sketchnote in the book
  • Post a farewell picture the day you send the book

The last trip of the book when the last page is reached

We kindly ask you to return the book to Mauro. In this way we can create an ebook to share. If you can't afford the delivery cost just let us know.


To avoid any kind of problems I strongly suggest to release your work under Licenza Creative Commons Creative Commons Attribution - Not commercial - Share Alike 4.0 International License.

Security and Privacy

First rule of the Sketchnote Army Traveling Book: you do not disclose yours or others personal information, such as addresses, in the book or in the picture you share

Second rule of the Sketchnote Army Traveling Book: you NEVER EVER disclose yours or others personal information, such as addresses, in the book or in the picture you share

This is not a joke, this book travels from hand to hand, can get lost, stolen or misdelivered, you never know in whom hands it can eventually end. Please be careful and respectful

Code of Conduct

Be respectful of others' works and opinions

Do not correct, alter or damage others' works, including by using tools that may bleed through the pages

This book is family friendly and this project is inspired and support the important values of life. We ask to all of those who contribute to this book to adopt and enforce a zero-tolerance policy about any forms of nudity, blasphemy, aggressive, dangerous, degrading or unrespectful language.

I also invite all contributors to take the responsibility and the right to report suspicious or threatening behaviors to the competent authorities

Here is the live Timeline

Finally, this is an experiment, it may do very well or will get lost or stuck somewhere. Who knows? We will see but, for sure, we find it extremely exciting!

Thank you in advance to all that will take care of the book

- Mike & Mauro

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