2002 saw the first edition of illystories, small books with important new literary voices, distributed to coffee bars and other fine places where illy is enjoyed.
Three years later came the first edition of illystories incorporating works from established authors. Giuseppe Cederna, Sandra Cisneros, Marcello Fois, Dacia Maraini and Colum McCann all contributed to that edition, called The Journey.
The next edition, 500,000 copies strong, was themed In the Coffee, with stories from Vincenzo Cerami, Mauro Covacich, Ardashir Vakil and Björn Larsson.
An edition themed Expression followed, counted Gianrico Carofiglio, Panos Karnezis, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Raul Montanari among contributors.