Bad Quarto

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 ·

The printing/production of Bad Quarto book objects and other literary matter is done using various systems and equipment, including:

Hard West Turn (Coming July 4)

Hard West Turn, front cover.
Nick Montfort, 2018—
5" × 5" × 320 pp. computer-generated novel.
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).
Copy-edited and designed by the proprietor; Produced on the MIT Press Bookstore Espresso Book Machine.
$130. Contact the proprietor to purchase a copy.
Detailed listing for Hard West Turn.


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. Contact the proprietor to purchase a copy.
Detailed listing for Type.


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 to be published twice yearly, with the first issue published in Spring 2018.
Visit the Taper site.


Sliders, front cover.
Nick Montfort, 2017
5" × 5" × 40 pp. book of poetry, MIT Press Bookstore Espresso Book Machine.
$9.99. Available exclusively at the MIT Press Bookstore, 301 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA.
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.