Building Books gives insight into the process of creating a book. In seven thematic fields the author lays out the premises of his activity as a designer and publisher: vision, context, process, protest, object, duration, effect. The reference to the process of building and the parallels to architecture is in keeping with Lars MA1/4llera (TM)s conviction that a book design emerges from an understanding of its content. The book finds its form in close correspondence to the statement of its content. Like a building, it is designed to last and to bear witness to its era. The author describes in words and images the principles of his activity, settles accounts, takes stock after twenty-five years of Lars MA1/4ller Publishers, looks into the future, and speculates about the booka (TM)s chances in competition with rapid digital media. The catalog gives an overview of the publications of Lars MA1/4ller Publishers, which are admired and have won awards worldwide.