March 22, 2013

Japan sets record for printing smallest book

 

Toppan Printing, located in Japan, has printed what they claim is the smallest book in the world.  The 22-page micro book, entitled Shiki no Kusabana (flowers of seasons), contains names and monochrome illustrations of Japanese flowers.  Each page measures 0.75 millimeter and is impossible to read with the naked eye.  Toppan explains that the 0.01 mm letters were created using the same technology as money printers use to prevent forgery. The company is currently applying to Guinness World Records to claim the title of world’s smallest book.  The book is on display at Toppan’s Printing Museum in Tokyo, and can be purchased together with a magnifying glass and a larger copy, for 29,400 yen ($307).

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