Book-binder Abi Sutherland took one of the misprints from Pablo Defendini’s limited edition prints of his concept art for a paperback edition of my young adult novel Little Brother and custom-bound a hardcover of the book with it. I am consumed with lust for this one-of-a-kind edition. I hope Abi will let me see it in person some day!
Oh, and while I’m on the subject: the book’s just gone into its fifth week on the NYT bestseller list, and it’s still on the Indie list (formerly the Book Sense list) and as of this week, it’s also on Publishers Weekly’s bestseller list! Ho-ah!
Update: Abi sez,
Slight corrections: it’s a blank book rather than a copy of Little Brother, mostly due to printer constraints. Printing out a whole book double-sided on my printer would be soul-destroying, and I don’t have signature-sewn editions to tear down.
The binding is a “sewn boards” binding, about halfway between hardcover and softcover. The paper that Pablo used for the prints has such a nice feel and weight; I wanted to work with its sensual qualities.
And I confess that it’s not one of a kind. I plan to make five or six of this set, one of which will be heading your way in the very near future. I was going to surprise you with it, but that requires secrecy. I got too excited about how the book came out and had to show it off: secrecy fail.