Artist Books 3.0

Where artists' books and the book arts meet online...




A group to discuss book art in e-book form or any other computer/internet/screen based book form. From iphone books to twitter.

Members: 48
Latest Activity: Jan 3, 2017

Links to free artists' e-books:

Eleanor Dare's hybrid book project:

A Twitter e-book experiment by Abigail Thomas:

A link to another Twitter project by

A liberature e-book/hypertext/internet piece by Radosław

This is an interesting project I stumbled across:

Saw this advert for Alice in Wonderland interactive ebook for the ipad:


interesting e-marginalia project:


Institute for the Future of the Book:  and their open source e-book program: 


Charles Brownson ebooks:

Please send me (Abigail Thomas) a message with links to your books to add to this list, or post a comment below.

Discussion Forum

Kindle/Nook/Kobo etc... Artists' ebooks?

Started by Abigail Thomas. Last reply by Frespech Dec 10, 2011. 19 Replies

I have just bought the new Kindle; I know a book art friend who has made a Kindle artists' book, but wondered how and…Continue

Tags: book, art, digital, sony, kobo

iphone as an ebook reader

Started by Abigail Thomas. Last reply by Frespech Aug 13, 2011. 6 Replies

So has anyone used an iphone as an ebook reader yet? Is it any good? Is there potential for making good book art with, or for, them? And has anyone actually made any yet?

Tags: book, art, books, artists, ebook

SMS, MMS (Mobile phone) books

Started by Abigail Thomas. Last reply by Abigail Thomas Jan 25, 2011. 3 Replies

Was trying to find some info on mobile phone (non smart-phone) art; book art or otherwise. Google has failed me a bit. I know there must be some artists who have used this media in the past or…Continue

Tags: phones, mobile, mms, sms

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Comment by Birsen Ozbilge on February 11, 2015 at 10:56

Hi everyone! I just published the 3rd pdf e-book "Ars Longa Vita Brevis", The other two are available at and also they are for free to download, I am sharing the new e-book's file through my dropbox public file here at  

Enjoy it!

Share if liked it with fb and twitter, thanks in advance

Comment by Marie Wintzer on January 23, 2015 at 8:47

Thank you for the great collaboration! It's always very rewarding to get them out! This one is my favourite so far. Maybe that's the way it should be? The latest one always needs to be the favourite, it's a good sign :-))

Comment by cheryl penn on January 23, 2015 at 1:37

Thank you for posting this here :-) - and thank you for all your hard work in getting it on-line.  As one of THOSE kinds of artists I will have to make a physical one of course - AND - its great collaborating with you - thanks Marie :-)XX

Comment by Marie Wintzer on January 22, 2015 at 9:25

Earthly, the latest e-book from Books of Ether (Cheryl Penn and Marie Wintzer) is now available for free download at Scribd. It features Cheryl's clay books, check it out!

Comment by Marie Wintzer on November 30, 2014 at 10:15

A new e-book by Marie Wintzer available for free download at Scribd:

Comment by Marie Wintzer on November 11, 2014 at 9:06

Good morning! Two new e-books by Artist Books 3.0 members Cheryl Penn and Marie Wintzer available on Scribd:

Comment by Pat Hodson on January 20, 2013 at 5:00

It's interesting reading the debate about what is or isn't a book. Some artists have for years, been trying to define what is or isn't an artists book. I remember exhibiting a silk scroll in the mid 90's at a book fair and three people got into an argument about whether or not it was a book. What matters is the idea surely, which might lead to something that hangs on a wall, stands on a floor, or a time based piece, shown on a screen or a book. Even then, I ask myself whether the wonderful 'companion stones' with carved text that I keep discovering in odd places on walks in the peak district are books or sculptures.

When I self published 'Iceland Stories', (a collaborative book of images, poems and a cd of soundscapes), I had already made a unique version, which took a year in which every page was hand collaged, then digitally printed. It became two books in a box and was so heavy that I have only been able to afford to exhibit it once because of the high costs of postage. By using Blurb I could make a book which is more affordable. I could have done it on my own printer, on rag paper but the time this would have taken would have again limited my audience.  It didn't have tactile pages, but the paper quality is good, Blurb templates for InDesign allow for control of colour management so book colour is spot on to what I see on my computer. We could only afford to print 100 copies, but by making virtually no profit, not using distributors or bookshops, we have managed to sell 60. There was an option to convert it to an enhanced E book for the ipad and iphone. I was not sure how successful it would be, but since the conventional book contained not only poetry and images, but a cd of soundscapes and poetry readings by one of my collaborators it seemed a good way to test out how the whole thing works. First, it is not an interactive one (hopefully that will be my next project). This means that the poetry can be read on the screen, but also, when a link is pressed, readings from the poems, with sounds of Iceland are heard immediately, rather than taking out a CD and putting it in to a machine. Another thing - I was able to add some video clips made by the sound artist - and, on the final page a recorded conversation of the three of us sharing ideas in Iceland. The process of converting was not straightforward. Images all transferred beautifully, but text was all over the place. I had a good deal of editing and changing fonts. Finally, getting the book approved on the Apple website was a nightmare. However, it is now all uploaded, and we can sell it at a much lower price than the paper version. I like both. I love turning the page in the paper book, but the sound and video on screen give it a whole new dimension. Yes it is clunky compared with making a movie with Final Cut, but it may reach a different audience.

The point is, that the same book can be made by hand, machine, shown on a screen. I love the idea of widening the audience, and I love the power that technology gives me to do this.

Comment by Zea Morvitz on March 3, 2012 at 15:27

Re: the Library Journal study, I'm really glad that public libraries have embraced ebooks. Now that I've got my iphone set up to visit the library, I've downloaded and read many, many novels. Browslng through the ebook lists in my local online library reminds of the hours I used to spend in the physical stacks. So, that is one very positive aspect of the current ebook situation. But I think it is true that the form of the book, now that it can be purely digital, is bound to change and move away from the turnable  (or swipeable) page. The challenge is to present content that you can look at (read, gaze at) consistently and that moves logically from one batch of text or image to the next. Hypertexting still doesn't feel "natural" or comfortable to me. I think this is one reason the book format has not just evaporated.

Comment by Charles Brownson on March 3, 2012 at 7:50

Here's something which might be interesting to those concerned about the displacement of paper by ebooks. It's a speech to the Book Industry Study Group concerning a study which Library Journal did. I wonder what implications this might have for the artists' e-book project?

Comment by Aine Scannell on January 6, 2012 at 7:04

Here's something  I came across on a site called Creatives at Work. 
The editor is Eileen Fritsch - her aims with the blog are around  "how technology is changing career paths for artists, designers, photographers and writers"
I found this article which I just received in my newsletter from her called 
"Book Publishing Trends that Will Affect Aspiring Authors"




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