Clever typographers in Germany are producing huge posters that cram an entire work of literature onto one giant page. Here, for instance, are all 150,000 words of Homer's Iliad on one poster which has, on average, 30 words per square centimeter:
The poster costs €20, plus shipping; the company, All the World's a Page, also offers posters of Macbeth, Das Kapital, and Goethe's Faust. The obvious question - "Where is Ulysses? - is answered on their blog: until the European copyright expires, they can't make a poster of it. They promise to "review the situation" next year, though.
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