World's Smallest Book: Robert Chaplin's Teeny Ted From Turnip Town (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

09/27/2012 08:51 am ET

The world's smallest book isn't one you can buy in a bookstore. In fact, if it were in a bookstore, you wouldn't notice because it's an illustrated story written on 30 pages that, together, would fit on the width of a human hair.

In fact it's so tiny (70 micrometers by 100 micrometers), you can't even see it with a microscope.

The story, "Teeny Ted from Tunip Town", was written by Malcolm Douglas Chaplin and etched onto a microchip at that size with an ion beam by his Vancouver-based brother, Robert Chaplin, at the Nano Imaging Facility of Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. It was confirmed as the smallest book in the world by Guinness World Records.

Robert Chaplin is now trying to raise funds on Kickstarter to create "a large print version for people without a scanning electron microscope." If you pledge $10,000 or more, you get a copy of the original microchip, containing the tiny tablets of the book.

See the remarkable video above to get a sense of how tiny the book is, and below for some of the pages, including one never before published, of this surprisingly beautiful tiny book:

The World's Smallest Book

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