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 in 2016 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. Updated in 2017 June 12: 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. Updated in 2018 September 18: Added the first six Using Electricity books, Montfort, Perez y Perez, Parrish, Zilles, Bhatnagar, Läufer; also, Montfort 2018, King Zog, Goodwin. November 29: Added the three Constant 2013 books.
Archangel, Cory. Working on my Novel. New York: Penguin, 2014.
Audry, Sofian. for the sleepers in that quiet earth. Boston and New York: Bad Quarto, 2018.
Bailey, Richard W. Computer Poems. Drummond Island, MI: Potagannissing Press, 1973.
Balestrini, Nanni. Tristano. Translated by Mike Harakis. London and New York: Verso, 2014.
Balousek, Matthew R.F. and Emma Stewart. Exchange of Letters. A Hive of Mechanical Wasps, third installment. Santa Cruz, 2017.
Balousek, Matthew R.F. Gold Chocobo. A Hive of Mechanical Wasps, fourth installment. Mount Vernon, 2018.
Balousek, Matthew R.F. Or, the Whale. A Hive of Mechanical Wasps, second installment. Santa Cruz, 2017.
Balousek, Matthew R.F. Post Meridiem. A Hive of Mechanical Wasps, first installment. Santa Cruz, 2016.
Baudot, Jean. La Machine a écrire mise en marche et programmée par Jean A. Baudot. Montréal: Editions du Jour, 1964.
Bhatnagar, Ranjit. Encomials: Sonnets from Pentametron. Using Electricity series. Counterpath: Denver, 2018.
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.
Constant Verlag Brussels. The Death of the Authors: James Joyce & Rabindranath Tagore & Their Return to Life in Four Seasons. Brussels, Belgium. 2013.
Constant Verlag Brussels. The Death of the Authors: Rabindra[na]th Tagore & Virginia Woolf & Their Return to Life in Four Seasons. Brussels, Belgium. 2013.
Constant Verlag Brussels. The Death of the Authors: Sherwood Anderson & Henri Bergson & Their Return to Life in Four Seasons. Brussels, Belgium. 2013.
Daly, Liza. Seraphs: A Procedurally Generated Mysterious Codex. [San Francisco]: Blurb, 2014.
Friedhoff, Jane. it is a different/friction. 2015.
Fuchs, Martin and Peter Bichsel. Written Images. 2011.
Funkhouser, Christopher. Electro þerdix. Propolis Press. Least Weasel Chapbook Series. 2011.
Goodwin, Ross. 1 the Road. Jean Boîte Éditions: Paris, 2018.
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.]
King Zog. Google, Volume 1. Jean Boîte Éditions: Paris, 2013.
Knowles, Alison, James Tenney, and Siemens System 4004. A House of Dust. Köln & New York: Verlag Gebr. König, 1969.
Knowles, Alison. Clear Skies All Week. Onestar Press, 2011.
Larson, Darby. Irritant. New York and Atlanta: Blue Square Press, 2013.
Läufer, Milton. A Noise Such as a Man Might Make. Using Electricity series. Counterpath: Denver, 2018.
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 ?wiatowy. 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. Global Poetics series. Los Angeles: Les Figues, 2016.
Montfort, Nick. The Truelist. Using Electricity series. Counterpath: Denver, 2018.
Montfort, Nick. Hard West Turn. Cambridge: Bad Quarto, 2018.
Morris, Simon. Re-writing Freud. York, England: Information as Material, 2005.
Parrish, Allison. The Ephemerides. Access Token Secret Press, 2015.
Parrish, Allison. Articulations. Using Electricity series. Counterpath: Denver, 2018.
Pérez y Pérez, Rafael. Mexica: 20 Years–20 Stories [20 años–20 historias]. Using Electricity series. Counterpath: Denver, 2017.
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.
Stewart, Emma. My Lovers Learn About the Economy of Debt. n.p., n.d.
Stewart, Emma. Slapping Bandaids on Earthquakes: Thoughts about life under surveillance. n.p., n.d.
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.
[Tiar, Louis-Charles]. Let us Now Praise 5,202 Persons. n.p., n.d.
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.
Zilles, Li. Machine, Unlearning. Using Electricity series. Counterpath: Denver, 2018.