The Book of the Website

Posted by Alex Lee on 1 August 2008 | 100 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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  • Looking for one!

    Posted by Lim Thye Chean, 04/01/2013 12:29pm (6 years ago)

  • I am glad to see you and your website are still around. I continue to patiently await your book, and will want my own copy when it's available.

    Posted by Romeo Guerrero, 17/09/2012 5:35am (6 years ago)

  • Keep working on the book man! I used to play it all the time at my friends house and recently started collecting on my own. Picked up an Apple IIgs Woz edition off ebay and started collecting my favorite games. So far i have Zany Golf, Thexder, Kings Quest 3 + 4. Even at 31 years old I still dig it. A Nice Coffee Table Book for my game room would be perfect!!!!

    Posted by Michael Magee, 14/08/2012 4:02am (6 years ago)

  • Sign me up!

    Steve Ashton

    Posted by Steve Ashton, 09/07/2012 1:54am (6 years ago)

  • Ever since I opened the box of our IIGS with my parents, I have been amazed by it. I spent so many hours enjoying it, the apple magazines, entering in my own and others code to create simple programs. Between the Bard's Tale, Defender of the Crown, Marble Madness and countless others my early life was enriched and challenged. My high school and college papers were written on a IIGS in appleworks. I would love to display a book that I could show my friends and family as I explain some very interesting history, and if they allow, demo things for them in Kegs. Please continue and complete your book!

    Posted by Jack Sjostrom, 02/07/2012 5:31am (6 years ago)

  • The Book of the Website...these is an additional resources book.Form here I know the web-based resources backwards, so we were hoping that this would offer some context and background not obvious via the web.

    Posted by Electronics, 24/06/2012 7:27am (6 years ago)

  • Would love a book like this - even a collaboration between you and the computer museum - we certainly have the people that would be interested in such a thing!

    Posted by Syd Bolton, 18/05/2012 8:10pm (7 years ago)

  • Still interested! Hope to get my hands on the book when it's done.

    Posted by Matt M, 22/01/2012 8:27pm (7 years ago)

  • All my support to this huge work. Time is money and your project is gold.

    Posted by Fran├žois, 14/09/2011 9:40pm (7 years ago)

  • Stop taunting me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm seriously gonna buy like 3 & recommend my buddies to you, but can't do it unless there's a book published!

    Posted by Colin Buchmann, 21/07/2011 5:57am (7 years ago)

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