Here’s a first effort (drafted, initially, at 2am on July 22) at a bibliography of computer-generated books.
These are books in the standard material sense, somehow printed, whether via print-on-demand or in a print run. I may include chapbooks eventually, as they certainly interest me, but so far I have been focusing on books, however bound, with spines. (Updated June 23, 2017: I added the first chapbooks today.) Books in any language are welcome.
So far I have not included books where the text has been obviously sorted computer (e.g. Auerbach, Reimer) or where a text has been produced repeatedly, obviously by computer (e.g. Chernofsky). Also omitted are computer-generated utilitarian tables, e.g. of logarithms or for artillery firing. Books composed using a formal process, but without using a computer, are not included.
I have included some strange outliers such as books written with computational assistance (programs were used to generate text and the text was human-assembled/edited/written) and one book that is apparently human written but is supposed to read like a computer-generated book.
I’d love to know about more of these. I’m not as interested in the thousands of computer-generated spam books available for purchase, and have not listed any of these, but let me know if there are specific ones that you believe are worthwhile. I would particularly like to know if some of the great NaNoGenMo books I’ve read are available in print.
Updated 11:43am July 22: Since the original post I have added Whalen, Tranter, Balestrini, and five books by Bök. 5:35pm: I’ve added Thompson and Woetmann. 8:37am July 23: Added Bogost. 8:37pm July 24: Added Bailey, Baudot, Cabell & Huff, Cage x 2, Huff, Hirmes. October 12-14: Added Archangel, Seward, Dörfelt. June 12, 2017: Added Morris, Pipkin. June 23: Added Clark, Knowles 2011, The Maggot, and four chapbooks: Knowles & Tenney, Parrish, Pipkin (_picking figs…_), Temkin. September 5: Added Mize.
Archangel, Cory. _Working on my Novel._ New York: Penguin, 2014.
Bailey, Richard W. _Computer Poems._ Drummond Island, MI: Potagannissing Press, 1973.
Balestrini, Nanni. _Tristano._ Translated by Mike Harakis. London and New York: Verso, 2014.
Baudot, Jean. _La Machine a écrire mise en marche et programmée par Jean A. Baudot._ Montréal: Editions du Jour, 1964.
Bogost, Ian. _A Slow Year: Game Poems._ Highlands Ranch, CO: Open Texture, .
Bök, Christian. _LXUM,LKWC (Oh Time Thy Pyramids)._ San Francisco: Blurb, 2015.
Bök, Christian. _MCV._ San Francisco: Blurb, 2015.
Bök, Christian. _Axaxaxas Mlo._ San Francisco: Blurb, 2015.
Bök, Christian. _The Plaster Cramp._ San Francisco: Blurb, 2015.
Bök, Christian. _The Combed Thunderclap._ San Francisco: Blurb, 2015.
Cabell, Mimi, and Jason Huff. _American Psycho._ Vienna: Traumavien, 2012.
Cage, John. _Anarchy (New York City, January 1988)._ Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1988.
Cage, John. _I-IV._ Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1990.
Carpenter, J. R. _GENERATION[S]_ Vienna: Traumawien, 2010.
Cayley, John and Daniel C. Howe, _How it Is in Common Tongues._ Providence: NLLF, 2012.
Cayley, John. _Image Generation._ London: Veer Books, 2015.
Chamberlin, Darick. _Cigarette Boy: A Mock Machine Mock-Epic._ [Seattle]: Rogue Drogue: 1991.
Chan, Paul. _Phaedrus Pron._ Brooklyn: Badlands Unlimited, 2010.
Clark, Ron. _My Buttons Are Blue and Other Love Poems from the Digital Heart of an Electronic Computer._ Woodsboro, Maryland: Arcsoft Pub, 1982.
Daly, Liza. _Seraphs: A Procedurally Generated Mysterious Codex._ [San Francisco]: Blurb, 2014.
Fuchs, Martin and Peter Bichsel. _Written Images._ 2011.
Hartman, Charles and Hugh Kenner. _Sentences._ Los Angeles: Sun and Moon Press, 1995.
Heldén, Johannes and Håkan Jonson. _Evolution._ Stockholm, OEI Editör, 2014.
Hirmes, David. _Directions From Unknown Road to Unknown Road._ [Handmade edition of 10.] The Elements Press: 2010.
Huff, Jason. _Autosummarize._ [McNally Jackson]: 2010.
Kennedy, Bill and Darren Wershler-Henry. _Apostrophe._ Toronto, ECW Press, 2006.
Kennedy, Bill and Darren Wershler. _Update._ Montréal: Snare, [2010.]
Knowles, Alison, James Tenney, and Siemens System 4004. _A House of Dust._ Köln & New York: Verlag Gebr. Ko?nig, 1969.
Knowles, Alison. _Clear Skies All Week._ Onestar Press, 2011.
Larson, Darby. _Irritant._ New York and Atlanta: Blue Square Press, 2013.
Maggot, The. _Heroic Real Estate Otter of the 21st Century._ lulu.com, 2013.
Mize, Rando. _Machine Ramblings._ n.p., 2016.
Montfort, Nick. _World Clock._ Cambridge: Bad Quarto, 2013.
Montfort, Nick. _Zegar światowy._ Translated by Piotr Marecki. Krakow: ha!art, 2014.
Montfort, Nick. _#!_ Denver: Counterpath, 2014.
Montfort, Nick. _Megawatt._ Cambridge: Bad Quarto, 2014.
Montfort, Nick, Serge Bouchardon, Carlos León, Natalia Fedorova, Andrew Campana, Aleksandra Malecka, and Piotr Marecki. _2×6._ Los Angeles: Les Figues, 2016.
Morris, Simon. _Re-writing Freud._ York, England: Information as Material, 2005.
Parrish, Allison. _The Ephemerides._ Access Token Secret Press, 2015.
Pipkin, Katie Rose. _picking figs in the garden while my world eats Itself._ Austin: Raw Paw Press, 2015.
Pipkin, Katie Rose. _no people._ Katie Rose Pipkin, 2015.
Racter, _The Policeman’s Beard is Half Constructed._ Illustrations by Joan Hall. Introduction by William Chamberlain. New York: Warner Books, 1984.
Rosén, Carl-Johan. _I Speak Myself Into an Object._ Stockholm: Rensvist Förlag, 2013.
Dörfelt, Matthias. _I Follow._ Series of unique flip-books with computer-generated aspects of animation. Made by the artist. 2013-present.
Seward, Rob. _Death Death Death._ VHS Design LLC, 2010.
Temkin, Daniel. _Non-Words._ Edition of 100, each with unique words generated by same algorithm used in @nondenotative. n.d.
Thompson, Jeff. _Grid Remix: The Fellowship of the Ring._ San Francisco: Blurb, 2013.
Tranter, John. _Different Hands._ North Fremantle, Australia: Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1998.
Walker, Nathan. _Action Score Generator._ Manchester: if p then q, 2015.
Whalen, Zach. _An Anthrogram._ Fredericksburg, Virginia: 2015.
Woetmann, Peter-Clement. _105 Variationer._ Cophenhagen: Arena, 2015.