Thursday, March 14, 2013
Smallest printed book: Japan breaks Guinness world record
TOKYO, Japan -- Tokyo-based Toppan Printing has managed to print a book the size of the eye of a needle; the 22 page micro-book is called "Shiki no Kusabana" (flowers of seasons) and contains the names and microscopic monochrome illustrations of Japanese flowers like the cherry and the plum; the pages are 0.75 millimetre (0.03 inch) in size while the letters are just 0.01 mm wide, setting the new world record for the Smallest printed book,
according to the World Record Academy: www.worldrecordacademy.com/.
Photo: Japan has created the smallest ever printed book, with pages measuring 0.75 millimetres (0.03 inches) which are impossible to read with the naked eye. The 22-page micro-book, entitled Shiki no Kusabana (flowers of seasons), contains names and monochrome illustrations of Japanese flowers such as the cherry and the plum. Photo: AFP (enlarge photo)
The Guinness world record for the smallest ever printed book measures 0.9 x 0.9 mm and is an edition of 'Chameleon' by the Russian author Anton Chekhov. The book was made and published by Anatoliy Konenko, of Omsk, Siberia, Russia in 1996. Each book consists of 30 pages, has three colour illustrations and 11 lines of text to a page.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the Smallest reproduction of a printed book, set by a 30 micro-tablet book carved on a pure crystalline silicon page, measuring just 70 micrometres by 100 micrometres. Etched using an ion beam at the Simon Fraser University, Canada, the book is called Teeny Ted from Turnip Town.
The world's smallest printed book is is on display at Toppan's Printing Museum in Tokyo, and is on sale, together with a magnifying glass and a larger copy, for 29,400 yen ($307).
The publisher says that they used the same technology that money printers use to avoid forgeries.
They have actually been making micro-books since 1964 but it is the smallest one that they've printed so far.
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