The world’s longest one-volume book goes on sale, and it’s impossible to read

A limited edition of the world’s longest single volume book in the popular manga series, One pieceis now on sale.

At 21,450 pages, the book is physically unreadable. As it was created with the intention of highlighting how comics are now used as a commodity, it is more of a sculpture than a book.

The sculpture, titled ONEPIECE, costs €1,900 (£1,640) and is being sold by Ilan Manouach, the multidisciplinary artist who designed it based on the original comics by Eiichiro Oda, published weekly in Japanese magazine Shōnen Jump from 1997.

After printing the digital Japanese edition of One piece, Manouach bound it and treated it not as a book but as “sculptural material,” according to the French publisher of the book/artwork, JBE.

ONEPIECE is an “unreadable sculpture that takes the form of a book — the largest yet in terms of pagination and spine width — that materializes the ecosystem of online comics distribution,” said a JBE spokesperson The guard.

“Ilan Manouach’s ONEPIECE proposes to shift the understanding of digital comics from a qualitative examination of the formal possibilities of digital comics to a quantitative reassessment of ‘comics as big data,'” they added.

After the release on September 7th, the 50 copies of the limited edition sold out within a few days.

ONEPIECE by Ilan Manouach

(Photo by JBE)

While Keita Murano, a member of the international rights team at Shueisha, the Japanese publisher of Oda’s manga, confirmed to the news site that they were not consulted about the book/sculpture, JBE said, “This article is about Manouach’s work around Comics ecosystems, here as a sculptor using online distribution as source material and not reading copyrighted content.”

The publisher believes there could be no copyright infringement as the book is physically unreadable. The world’s longest one-volume book goes on sale, and it’s impossible to read


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