Man delivers marriage proposal as 113-page publish-on-demand book

Here’s a cool use of publishing-on-demand technology: Cameron Kelly proposed to his girlfriend Angie Kreimer via a 113-page self-published book he created at — 50 Reasons Why You Should Marry Me and 51 Reasons Why I Should Marry You. The book includes 101 pages of text and 44 color photographs. “It’s a sort of prose-poem, with pictures,” Kelly said. According to a press release, some of the reasons he claimed he was marriage-worthy included:

- I clean the bathroom every week.

- I’m going to look like Sean Connery when I’m 65.

- You don’t even have to change your initials!

Apparently the book was met with a one-word reply — “yes”.

I kind of love this idea. It takes the genius of publish-on-demand technology and pushes it to its logical extreme: A book published for a niche market of precisely one person. That’s pretty far down the Long Tail! Though who knows? Maybe other people will buy it and read it. It reminds me of teenagers using PowerPoint to craft corporate presentations arguing why their allowance should be increased.

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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