August 26, 2010
If you spent your summer rifling through cheap paperbacks and you're ready for something more substantial here's a recommendation: the biggest book in the world. Measuring 5 x 7 feet and weighing 133 pounds, The Bhutan: A Visual Odyssey Across the Last Himalayan Kingdom is officially recognized as the largest book in the world by Guinness World Records. Created by Michael Hawley and composed of gigantic photographs of Bhutan, the book is printed only on demand and it takes a roll of paper longer than a football field, more than a gallon of ink, and 24 hours of press time to produce a single copy.
The Bhutan is currently on display at Miami University as part of an exhibit honoring the Dalai Lama's upcoming October visit. The exhibit is free and open to the public, but you must schedule an appointment ahead of time if you'd like to turn a page.