Jonathan Safran Foer’s new book, Tree of Codes, is all kinds of mind-blowing. I will admit that I have yet to hop on the digital book bandwagon, there is just something about holding a book in your hands, flipping through the pages, feeling the creases in the binding the second or third or millionth time you read it again. I mean, books even smell nice (that’s why there’s perfume that smells like it).
Tree of Codes is an interactive book that was made by taking the pages of another book, Bruno Schulz’s The Street of Crocodiles, and using a die-cut technique to create a new story. It seems that many printers first approached to make the book said that it was unmakeable but the Belgian publishing house Die Keure proved otherwise. Maybe they had been reading Alice in Wonderland – “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast”.
More pictures of the Tree of Codes on Visual Editions’s Flickr stream.