The Book of the Website

Posted by Alex Lee on 1 August 2008 | 1743 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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  • Interesting idea! If your book is like the site should be a fascinating read ie worth contributing some cash for :)

    Thanks for your work so far

    Posted by Phill, 22/01/2011 8:03pm (9 years ago)

  • Nice site and I love the idea of an Apple IIGS coffee table book. I am one of the designers of the Talking Greek Mythology program from Orange Cherry Software. I spent 4 years there working on several educational programs. It really was the heyday of developing software for the IIGS and a great time to be a young designer.

    Posted by Roger Phillips, 19/11/2010 3:41pm (9 years ago)

  • I'm a huge IIgs fan. I would be interested in at least two copies. Keep up the good work on the archives!

    Posted by Scott Legg, 22/08/2010 5:13am (9 years ago)

  • I am interested in the coffee table book, it sounds like a must have.

    Posted by Delfs, 16/06/2010 2:46pm (9 years ago)

  • Definitely interested!

    Posted by Brian Green, 22/03/2010 2:25pm (9 years ago)

  • Definatley be interested in this :) Good idea!

    Posted by book, 02/02/2010 2:43pm (10 years ago)

  • sounds like a great idea. I'm still looking/collecting stuff for my iigs

    Posted by Ryan Edwards, 04/01/2010 10:53pm (10 years ago)

  • 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)

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