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World's Smallest Book
The world’s smallest book is not available at the UVic Bookstore, nor is it residing in the Vault of our Special Collections. It is so tiny, 70 micrometers by 100 micrometers, that you need a microscope to read it. The book is credited in the Guinness Book of World Records as being the smallest book and was created by UVic Alumni Robert Chaplin (BFA, 1990). Written by his brother, Malcom Douglas Chaplin, Roberts etched it onto a microchip with an ion beam at the Nano Imaging Facility at Simon Fraser University. The book is called Teeny Ted from Turnip Town and you can learn more about it and support Robert’s campaign to turn it into a large print edition here:
Robert Chaplin is also a 2010 Alcuin Award book winner for his children’s book Brussels Sprouts & Unicorns.