These books don't belong on bookshelves. They belong out in the open, plopped on desks and coffee tables to turn heads and wow anyone in the room. Most of these designs take a few hours to build, some take days. Each author or photographer we publish, including our forthcoming full-length book of poetry (PLUG: Cleavemark by Stephanie Schlaifer) has a limited edition print run under any of these designs:
Every book cover is usually made from these materials: cotton linters, recycled paper bags, banana peels, seaweed, Spanish moss, wildflowers, seashells, shredded money, & construction paper. The type of stitch will almost always be in the Japanese style of Asa-no-ha-Toji, while using hemp thread for the binding process. We print the guts of our books on Southworth(R) FSC Certified 55% Recycled 25% Cotton Linen Cover Stock. It's fancy.
We know these books aren't in the normal price range for regular chapbooks, but they're individual works of art with a lot of love put into them. Please keep in mind that every chapbook or photography monograph we publish is free and downloadable on our website. You can purchase our books at our store.
After the description for each book you'll see the BOAAT Press Coffee Table Book Rating. This is a scale based off how phenomenal we think the book is. We look at design and functionality.
Editor-in-Chief & Book Designer
The TIDAAL is a bit ridiculous. It's everything you shouldn't do to a book. The pages are curved, the spine comes extremely close to the text on the inner margin, but we still love it because the TIDAAL's a gorgeous free standing tidal wave. What's really great about this book is that it shows paper has a memory. To make the TIDAAL we wait for the "golden hour," which is when the handmade paper is dry enough to touch another piece of paper, but still damp enough to mold it. It's in this "golden hour" that we bind the book and curve the paper into the wave using a rubber band. It takes a few hours of lounging in the sun for the paper to hold its position. We then Velcro the burlap casing to the front cover to hold all the pages together. The downfall about the TIDAAL is its functionality. You'll have to finagle the wave back to its form every once in awhile due to opening and closing the book. However, just wrap the rubber band around the book when you go to sleep at night, and by morning the paper will remember it's a free standing wave again.
BOAAT Press Coffee Table Book Rating: 6.5/10
The BAARREL is a beach on top of a book. You can peak through the barrel of the wave, which we find to be pretty cool. We use the "golden hour" to make the wave, and once dried we coat the edge of the wave with just cotton linters a few days apart to make it really look like sea foam. Some people won't even think it's a book until they pick it up.
The BOAAT Press Coffee Table Book Rating: 7/10
Ah, the BAALSA. A wooden book cover made from... balsa wood. Sometimes the wood will be burned, sometimes it won't. Sometimes the wood will be painted and sometimes it'll be plain. We think a solid hunk of wood for a book cover is boring so we cut it into pieces and bind it together again. Definitely our most labor intensive book, but in the end it's well worth it.
BOAAT Press Coffee Table Book Rating: 7.5/10