The Book of the Website

Posted by Alex Lee on 1 August 2008 | 90 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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  • Need help with the book?? I'd love to see it happen!

    Posted by Taylor, 13/08/2014 7:57pm (3 years ago)

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

    Posted by Uanic, 10/08/2014 4:02pm (3 years ago)

  • Still waiting for the book ;-)

    Posted by Toto, 04/07/2014 9:16pm (3 years 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 (3 years ago)

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

    Posted by Randall Kindig, 12/01/2014 9:22pm (3 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 (3 years ago)

  • Great idea !!! 2GS forever !!!

    Posted by Georges Vael, 09/06/2013 11:25am (4 years ago)

  • Yes! The IIgs combination of striking visual design and old-school expandability has never been matched. These elements really lend themselves to coffee-table book - though I would never have thought of the idea myself. Good luck and I'd love to reserve my copy when the time is right.

    Posted by danq989, 29/05/2013 4:13pm (4 years ago)

  • Keep it up! Will have to buy two copies once you get it published!

    Posted by Matt M, 22/01/2013 4:22am (4 years ago)

  • Definitely interested in the coffee table book!

    Posted by Frank R., 12/01/2013 11:56pm (4 years ago)

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