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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  • Cool site! I miss this computer - (p.s. there should be an email field)

    Posted by Adam Prall, 16/05/2009 10:41pm (10 years ago)

  • I would love an Apple IIGS book. I used a IIGS all through college and remember the experience fondly. I would definitely buy a book like this.

    Posted by Brian Aden, 13/05/2009 10:55pm (10 years ago)

  • The Apple IIgs predates me by many years yet I remain fascinated by it. I'd be interested in seeing what this book would turn out like. Go for it.

    Posted by James , 11/05/2009 9:56pm (10 years ago)

  • I will buy one IF you write one!

    Posted by Lim Thye Chean, 07/05/2009 3:52pm (10 years ago)

  • What a WONDERFUL site! Thanks, Alex! It's good to see that Reliefware still has an audience. I'm hoping that, if I get some free time in the next year or two, I can port OneArm Battle to the iPhone. It's a dream, anyway... I can be reached at drkenfp [at] mac {dot} com. :)

    God Bless,
    Ken Franklin

    Posted by Ken Franklin, 09/03/2009 11:07pm (10 years ago)

  • I'd love to see a IIGS coffee table book. Also, are there pdf files of GS+ magazine online?

    - Roger Wagner

    Posted by Roger Wagner, 02/03/2009 9:40pm (10 years ago)

  • The book by the description words sound interesting. I hope to be able to order it soon. It will add greatly to the Apple II forever tag,

    Posted by Ventzislav Tzvetkov, 18/01/2009 4:49pm (11 years ago)

  • I would very much be intersted in buying. Can you add my email address to your mailing list?

    Posted by David Reilly, 04/01/2009 9:14am (11 years ago)

  • I love your site, and I'm sure that I'll love your book. Keep up the good work!!

    Posted by Lorenzo, 20/12/2008 8:53pm (11 years ago)

  • I would love such a book. My best friend Harold had a IIgs and it always interested me. I've long felt Apple's abandonment of the system and the ][ line was a disgrace and came back to haunt them in the early 90s when the up-priced Macs left them with no good entry-level products at all. MS-DOS moved in to fill the gap and we all know what happened next...

    So, count me in. Now back to Alien Mind...


    Posted by George Heingartner, 19/12/2008 4:51am (11 years ago)

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