This course examines the forms and function of books, zines, editions, multiples and printed matter across various disciplines in contemporary art and the relationship between an artist book and the artistic process. The course provides an overview of the development of the book as an idea and as an object from the 1960s onwards. In this class, students will learn how to make, print and bind various types of softcover books: zines, accordion fold, pamphlet stitch, perfect binding and unique folded structures. This class will examine a structured digital workflow in InDesign to edit, sequence and export books. We will also address the ephemeral nature of other printed matter including pins, totebags, prints, posters and objects that encompass ‘artist multiples.’ No previous bookmaking experience is required.