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[BKARTS] Re:   BOOK_ARTS-L Digest - 15 Dec 2003 to 16 Dec 2003 (#2003-345)

Hi Ed--Just picturing those "long arms" gave me a chuckle!
 Season's humbug!

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> Date:    Tue, 16 Dec 2003 08:50:55 -0500
> From:    editions <editions@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: The World's Largest Book
> There was an interesting article in the NY Times business section today by
> Steve Lohr about the largest commercial book ever published.  Titled
> "Bhutan," it is five feet height, opens to nearly seven feet wide, and
> weighs more than 130 pounds.  According to the article, "each book uses a
> roll of paper five feet wide and 400 feet long, a third longer than a
> football field. Each copy consumes two gallons of ink and takes 24 hours of
> printer time."
> In case you are interested, each of the 500 copies costs $1,000 to produce
> and sells for $10,000.  The $9,000 left over from the sales of each copy
> will go to the Bhutan ministry of education and into a scholarship fund to
> send Bhutanese students to college abroad.
> The bookbinding was done by Acme Bookbinding in Charlestown, Massachusetts
> was "an innovative design combining Japanese and European techniques, new
> materials and hand craftsmanship. Each book takes two people with long arms
> about two days to assemble."
> Check out the full article at
> www.nytimes.com/2003/12/15/technology/15book.html
> Ed (Hutchins)

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