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. 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 by a 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.
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. 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.
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.]
Larson, Darby. Irritant. New York and Atlanta: Blue Square Press, 2013.
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.
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 Fo?rlag, 2013.
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.