The Book of the Website

Posted by Alex Lee on 1 August 2008 | 103 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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  • Are you still working on the book? Sure would like to hear an update. I am still very interested. I'm so glad your website is still up. Keep up the good work!!

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  • Interesting articles that I would love to continue reading. Do keep me posted when your coffee table book launched. Keep on the good work, would be thrilled to hear more from you.

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  • I am very interested. Hope to hear more in the future.

    Posted by Mark Decker, 09/10/2018 4:28am (2 months ago)

  • Hello there Mr Alex,

    Drop me a line or if I've buggered the mail server again. Where did you end up in Melbourne? I'm in frankston these days, hanging out with the bogans. Dark Angel, Christie, ended up in Adelaide.

    Posted by Daryl Knight, 21/09/2018 3:45am (3 months ago)

  • I have had an Apple IIGS for 30 years now and still love it. I bought it when my children were in elementary school. I have several programs for it and my grandson is now learning to use it.

    Posted by Patricia Spears, 23/07/2018 8:34pm (5 months ago)

  • I miss the times when Apple made full-colour gloss pamphlets of their computers… from the Macintosh Plus all the way to the Macintosh II and even the Apple IIe and Apple IIGS of 1986.

    I wish I kept those books, but all the better would be if someone produced another one! I'm hoping that your contribution would be towards something like that book, but if not, I'm very still keen to read your coffee table book until the time comes!

    Maybe you could produce such a book if you're keen to!

    Best of luck, and kind regards.

    Posted by Tony K, 12/05/2018 4:24am (7 months ago)

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