World's largest published book goes on display

Next week National Library of Scotland visitors can see the world's largest published book.

To mark World Book Day, we are putting on display Bhutan: a visual odyssey across the last Himalayan kingdom. The book measures 5x7 feet when open and weighs 133 lbs (around nine and a half stone or 60 kilos). Each copy is printed only on demand, and uses a roll of paper longer than a football field, more than a gallon of ink and 24 hours' printing time.

It contains full-colour photographs of Bhutan, also known as 'Shangri-La'. They were taken by students and staff at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at the University of Washington, and by Bhutanese photographers.

The book will be on show from Tuesday 4 to Tuesday 11 March during exhibition opening hours. We hope to display it for longer periods in the future.

Exhibition opening hours:
Monday to Friday: 10.00-20.00
Saturday: 10.00-17.00
Sunday: 14.00-17.00.

29 February 2008

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