The Book of the Website

Posted by Alex Lee on 1 August 2008 | 1666 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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  • A photo retrospective of the IIgs would be incredible!

    Posted by Noah Mittman, 09/12/2009 8:18pm (10 years ago)

  • Interesting,

    Keep up the good work,

    Thanks for bringing this up

    Posted by bespoke software, 07/12/2009 6:51pm (10 years ago)

  • Just thought the IIgs community would like to know that "OneArm Battle" (my first ReliefWare game for the IIgs) has been submitted to the iTunes App Store for the iPhone and iPod Touch. If accepted, I will announce it on the new web site ( and on the OneArm Battle Fan page on Facebook. I hope you'll give it a look - it's this community that first inspired me to revive the game! If it sells, "Plunder!" is next!

    Posted by Ken Franklin, 04/10/2009 3:55am (10 years ago)

  • I would definitely buy a coffee table book of the IIgs. It was my first computer, I got it when I was ten and I still love it. Long live the gs!

    Posted by Wesley Keaton, 10/09/2009 8:48pm (10 years ago)

  • I'd love to get my hands on that book !
    If pictures are needed, I have a friend who is a photographer. contact me via my site. if you want some.

    Posted by colin r, 30/08/2009 3:48am (10 years ago)

  • Add me to that list! Definitely interested.

    Posted by Mike M, 15/08/2009 12:52am (10 years ago)

  • I am interested. I think it sounds like a great idea... Now I just need a coffee table.

    Posted by Jon Sharp, 08/07/2009 5:56am (10 years ago)

  • I would love such a book, and would definitely purchase it.

    Posted by Romeo Guerrero, 21/06/2009 2:13am (10 years ago)

  • As with the site, fantastic idea!!! I am in the US so shipping the book might be much but then again based on what you've done here it might just be worth it! Keep up the wonderful ideas and I say do the book!

    Posted by Joe K, 08/06/2009 1:07pm (10 years ago)

  • I would have this on my coffee table so hard.

    Posted by Bryan, 02/06/2009 3:00pm (10 years ago)

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