What is a book?

For years I have been publishing my work in book form.  Mostly soft bound print-on-demand picture books.  But lately I have changed how I do things.

I have been watching – and sometimes enjoying – how the publishing industry has changed.  Not only can we self-publish POD books, but we can promote them on the web.  We can make eBooks that are wonderfully portable and accessible.  Books ain’t what they used to be. My latest work is a series of books unlike any others – they are 3D printed and cannot be read.

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The latest edition of my ODDYSSEY book is an example of my latest craziness.  The binding is 3D printed and the interior is the images from my ODDYSSEY project.  But to see the images, to “read” the book, you have to destroy the book.  The content is sealed inside the 3D printed covers.This limited edition artist’s book is handmade – sorta. With my very own hands I designed the book cover and box in Tinkercad and printed it with a Makerbot Replicator 2 using a translucent PLA plastic.  The interior images are printed with an Epson R1900 inkjet printer.

It is presented in a “hand-made” gold PLA 3D printed box with a gold lamé lining.  Produced in an edition limited to 10, the book is 4.75″ x 3.875″ x 0.875″.  It is signed and dated on the interior pages. The box is 6.75″ x 5.875″ x 2″ and is signed in 3D printed relief inside the top.