The Book of the Website

Posted by Alex Lee on 1 August 2008 | 84 Comments

Tags: Apple IIGS coffee table book

At the same time as I’ve been collating and preparing the new ‘What is the Apple IIGS?’ website I’ve also been preparing a coffee table book of the same title.

My aim is that it will be the most comprehensive visual history of any Apple computer, including its dedicated software, hardware, periodicals and books, honouring the work of everyone who made the platform a joy to use.

I intend the book to be of premium quality, using my skills as a professional graphic designer. I hope that this recorded slice of Apple history will be as good, if not better than the existing books ‘Apple Design: The Work of the Apple Industrial Design Group’ and ‘Apple T Shirts’.

To give you more of an idea, this is what the book WON’T be:

1) It will include a brief introductory chapter dedicated to the 8-bit Apple II, but the book will not focus on the fact the IIGS can run 8-bit software. Covering the 8-bit Apple II would require an effort ten times that of which is already required to produce a book dedicated to IIGS specific products.

2) Too text heavy. As a coffee table book, text will be kept to a minimum with only introductions being made to different facets of the IIGS. The pictures will speak louder than words.

This is a project I have been doing in my spare time, simply because I love doing it. The book may take another 12 months, 2 years… or even longer to complete (I hope not, for my own sanity). Currently, I have no set deadline, as visual assets are still being collected then retouched within Photoshop. Such a time will come however when no more material will be collected and final layouts will be produced.

Of course, one sure fire way the book can get into everyone's hands faster is if you’re able to contribute to the site. Check out the 'You Can Help' section, or as you browse each archive, you can see which elements are missing for which you might be able to fill in.

If you’re curious about such a book, email me with your interest! This will encourage me on! Don’t think of this as a pre-order, merely your expression of interest. I’m sure I’ll take pre-orders when I know when the final book is printed and ready to ship.

- Alex

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  • Alex, in the Games section of the forum (maybe others, I didn't check all of them), you appear to have spammers posting a bunch of links for prescription drugs (didn't click on the links to learn if they were legal or not-so). May want to delete a bunch of those to make for quicker reading by the real humans...


    Posted by RiverCityJim, 01/11/2015 7:06am (24 days ago)

  • The Apple IIGS was a big part of my childhood, so I'd definitely be interested in the book. Have you considered a Kickstarter campaign for it?

    Posted by Justin Henry, 31/07/2015 4:31pm (4 months ago)

  • Keeping the dream alive! Are you still considering it?


    Posted by Bill Davis, 25/08/2014 11:42pm (1 year ago)

  • I would buy it. Such colourful screenshots and a beautiful case design would be lovely to browse through.

    The GS was a large piece of my childhood.

    Posted by Christian Kent, 22/08/2014 6:39pm (1 year ago)

  • Need help with the book?? I'd love to see it happen!

    Posted by Taylor, 13/08/2014 7:57pm (1 year ago)

  • Thank you, I add a site to my bookmarks.

    Posted by Uanic, 10/08/2014 4:02pm (1 year ago)

  • Still waiting for the book ;-)

    Posted by Toto, 04/07/2014 9:16pm (1 year ago)

  • I will definitely buy one. Still have my IIGS hooked up and running like a champ.

    Posted by Ryan Edwards, 19/05/2014 7:32pm (2 years ago)

  • I would buy one! I hope you're able to get this published.

    Posted by Randall Kindig, 12/01/2014 9:22pm (2 years ago)

  • Definitely interested in your book when it's ready to go. May also be able to help fill a couple of missing pieces. Lots of wonderful information and memories here.

    Posted by Tom G, 27/11/2013 10:09am (2 years ago)

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