"Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some are to be chewed and digested."
(Francis Bacon in "Bacon's Essays" by Francis Bacon and Richard Whately, 1857)
Artists' books can be handcrafted or commercially printed; unique, or in limited or unlimited editions. Forms range from the traditional codex to sculptural works, or they may have audio, video, installation, online and performance components. Many artists' books are self-published, or are produced by small presses or by artists' groups or collectives, usually in limited editions.