Dutch publishers print book in squid ink

Utrecht-based publishing studio Today Designers has combined medium and message by creating a book of nautical tails printed in squid ink, meaning the finished product has a unique smell redolent of the sea.

The book, entitled Naar Inkt Vissen (Fishing For Ink), contains stories of the sea written by Menno Smit and Edwin de Voigt. It is also bound in industrial fishing wire, to further add to the reading experience.

"We are talking about a penetrating fishy smell here, caused by the squid ink with which the book is printed," said the designers, reports Dezeen.

Also containing a number of unique illustrations, the 48-page publication was given a 700-book run.

Other creative publishing techniques have been used in the past to make books stand out from the crowd; Coffee Stains by Martha Hayde, about the beverage's health benefits, is made out of coffee residue, while James Kelman's We're Getting On was covered in birch seed paper so it could be used to plant a tree.

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