Before I started at Blurb I had this whole fantasy that in the office there would be a library containing every book ever made with Blurb. And while there are books everywhere here, my idea turned out to be just a fantasy. While they all exist electronically (and you can view any public book in the Blurb Bookstore), a physical library would be impossible. We’d probably need a building the size of a small public library to house them all.
And then one day, I stumbled on a strange room full of books. The books had nearly identical covers, all geometric, grids and shapes (like a Jasper Johns painting, without the paint). With utilitarian titles like “Standard Portrait 8×10 ImageWrap 150 Pages” and “Standard Square 7×7 110 Pages.” The contents were equally mundane: randomly chosen text in different sizes, the same images repeated so many times (some in color, some in black and white) that even Andy Warhol would be bored.
This, I learned, was our test-book library. Any time we make a change in our books, any time we create a new size or introduce a new paper type or end sheet, we make new test books. Lots of them. We scrutinize them endlessly. We look at the bindings, the colors, and the image fidelity.
While other books exist to be read, these books exist only so that other books can exist. In a way, this is the library of every Blurb book ever made — as well as the many of the books still to be made. They’re pure possibility, an infinite library. A book nerd’s dream (with a nod to Jorge Luis Borges).
They’re paper, ink, and board. The only thing missing is the content. That’s where you come in.