Bad Quarto

http://badquar.to

A very small press publishing experimental and poetic work in non-traditional formats, from hand-printed cards to computational book art systems: Many things that others don’t find fit to print.

Proprietor: Nick Montfort · Boston & New York · ab@roteirporpdquar.to

Proprietor card for Bad Quarto next to some quoins and such.
Bad Quarto is a private press (listed in the International Register of Private Press Names) that produces work for fun, teaching, and exchange. Some publications are also offered for sale online (here at this site); online via the Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, MA; and at the MIT Press Bookstore in Cambridge, MA. The printing/production of Bad Quarto book objects and other literary matter is done using various systems and equipment, including:

for the sleepers in that quiet earth.

Page spread from Sofian Audry's for the sleepers in that quiet earth.
Sofian Audry, 2018–2019
5.5" × 8" × variable (272–282) pp. book, presenting the increasingly coherent results of a machine learning process that uses only Wuthering Heights as data.
31 unique books, produced on the MIT Press Espresso Book Machine.
$120.
Detailed listing for for the sleepers in that quiet earth.

Viral

Viral, by Anthony Etherin.
Anthony Etherin, 2018–2019
A letterpress-printed palindrome contained in a 14ml polypropylene test tube.
Edition of 100.
$5.
Detailed listing for Viral.

Leaflet of Eden

Leaflet of Eden, a stack of the leaflets.
Nick Montfort, 2017–2018
4.25" × 5.5" twice-folded leaflet with type-in computer program.
Edition of 50, numbered and signed by the author.
Printed on an Epson LX-800 printer using Lydia Davis’s Kaypro II.
$6.
Detailed listing for Leaflet of Eden.

Hard West Turn

Hard West Turn, front cover.
Nick Montfort, 2018—
5" × 5" × 320 pp. computer-generated novel focused on gun violence in the United States, drawing on the English and Simple English Wikipedias.
This is the 2018 edition; Hard West Turn will be regenerated and published annually.
Edition of 13 (corresponding to the original 13 states) + 3 author’s proofs (red, white, and blue), numbered and signed by the author.
Copy-edited and designed by the proprietor; Produced on the MIT Press Bookstore Espresso Book Machine.
$130.
Detailed listing for Hard West Turn.

Type

Sheet 3 and some of sheet 2 of Type.
Christian Bök & Nick Montfort, 2016–2018
Folio of three 3.5" × 8.5" sheets in gold-colored case, numbered and initialed by the authors.
Edition of 100 + 10 author’s proofs; Printed on the Adana Eight-Five.
$12.
Detailed listing for Type.

Taper

Taper #1 table of contents.
Collectively edited, Spring 2017–
Web-based literary journal for short, computational work.
Taper hosts short computational poems and other literary work, composed under the strictures of poetic compression and using practices of sizecoding. The journal is published twice yearly; #1 came out in Spring 2018 and #2 came out in Fall 2018.
FREE: Visit the Taper site.

Sliders

Sliders, front cover.
Nick Montfort, 2017
5" × 5" × 40 pp. book of poetry, MIT Press Bookstore Espresso Book Machine.
$9.99.
Detailed listing for Sliders.

Autofolio Babel

Autofolio Babel on a low table, at the Trope Tank.
Nick Montfort, 2017
Unique book object. Standard/reused computer hardware, free software OS and custom free software program.
Autofolio Babel was part of the exhibit History of the Future at the Bostson Cyberarts Gallery, May 26–July 1, 2018.
Detailed listing for Autofolio Babel.

Megawatt

Megawatt, front cover.
Nick Montfort, 2014
5.5" × 8.25" × 252 pp. book, Harvard Bookstore Espresso Book Machine.
$16.
Detailed listing & online ordering for Megawatt.

World Clock

World Clock, front cover.
Nick Montfort, 2013
5.5" × 8.25" × 246 pp. book, Harvard Bookstore Espresso Book Machine.
$14.40.
Detailed listing & online ordering for World Clock.