Voyager Japan, Inc send me a coming beautiful book wrote by Graig Mod “Our Days Book” translated by Takeshi Higuchi and Kei Ohara. Press release is below.
Inquiring how paper book and ebook should stand by. Craig Mod “Our days book” is going to be published by Voyager Japan, Inc in December 15th , 2014 Press release from Voyager Japan, Inc.
LCD Glowing iPad stands align beside traditional books at night, this is cover image of this book. Book title and LCD are printed with opaque white ink on fabric-like blue cover paper without coatings. No commercial massages, no price and no barcode blocks on book body. “Primitive book” was my first word as I see “Our Days Book”.
Most Japanese book was covered by CMYK printed and coated cover paper, and ISBN barcode block sits on top-left position of backside. This killing design format is not officially required by bookstore nor wholesale channel, but almost of all books follow. Mod and Voyager team hack it. “Our Days Book” is designed minimally. Well considered 2-color printed cover shows title, author and beautiful illustration what this book is.
This books is about how paper book and ebook stand in our days. Mod’s agitation for us is hack books, composed by 7 essays written since 2007.
“Hacking” is not suitable words for literature, and I don’t like literature guys to use these tech words like as post modern critics uses scientific words emotionally. But Mod and his team are the suitable ones to say “Hack books”.
Mod doesn’t describe what proper noun are on his book. Instead to write who/what is this, he wrote searchable word. We can google them w/ my handset. Mod wrote as “Cover images are favicon” on ebook platform. Just like these minimal words. For us who are familiar to Kindle, cover = favicon idea is smooth to understand. Mod told that their team “created repository of git” just as we git. Mod did SEO, tweet, like, kickstarter as we do.
And he made many type of books. Good looking paper booklet, small Apps, NewsStand contents and Flipboard. All of these are book.
My favorite essay is that Mod made a 3kg paper book contains dense history of development of Flipboard, how team ran. I was moved he printed first commit log of git repository on cover. How we live in harvest-full days of books are getting new position.
Mod tells us that we already have power to hack books on this book.
Publisher Voyager is going to have event of this book.
I fear if this translation is not better than Google’s…