Artist Norman Conquest plans to publish a pirated edition of Red Cats (a collection of Russian poetry) in the form of a hardcover hologram.
“Beaming poems with automated page-flip is easy,” Conquest told me. “The technical hurdle is distribution and getting the damn bar code to work.”
Can one copyright a hologram?
“The Library of Congress has a special sky wing devoted to holograms.”
Will there eventually be a Kindle edition?
“We’re negotiating that.”
Will the book be expensive?
“Not if you’re Mitt Romney.”
Here’s the original paperback edition published by City Lights.
And here’s the Conquest work-in-progress.
The artist has promised to beam me a review copy as soon as it’s available.