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Invisible books have been with us for centuries, perhaps always. And while they are difficult to identify, it has been reasoned that they are by no means uncommon. The actual existence of such books lends credence to the infinite and perhaps even perverse possibilities of the book. The nine examples represented here offer modest evidence for such possibilities.
The existence of invisible books presupposes the possibility of any number of book structures, including those that may not be conceivable to the human mind. Therefore, the fact of invisible books bears witness to the declaration that manifestations of the book are endless, and exist to bring order to chaos in a universe where chaos is the very fabric of order.
In light of this, while it seems probable that the human species may one day find itself extinct, the book—enlightened, solitary, infinite, perfectly unmoving, armed with precious encodings, pointless, incorruptible, and secret—will endure. Our sense of loss for our future may be cheered by this elegant hope. As the librarian at Babel once remarked: “In order for a book to exist, it is sufficient that it be possible.”