There is a trend in "media tie-in" books at the moment to present them either as faux artefacts from the show or film they are promoting or to include removal artefacts, documentation, patches etc that could pass as props.
I love this, as I live in a naive geeky bubble where I think that one day I'll be able (somehow) to use these as in-game props for one of my roleplayng game adventures.
The quality has always been good, but it continues to evolve, and my latest acquisition takes this concept to a whole new level.
The Mr Robot book is a tie-in, unsurprisingly, to the amazing cyber-anarchy show of the same name. It is presented as a notebook written by the main character, hacker Elliot Alderson, during the second season of the show.
However, once you remove the card band from the cover (see below) - which contains all the "real world" information (such as details of the TV show, product ID, barcodes etc) - there is nothing to suggest what you are holding in your hands is not part of Mr Robot's world.
As well as Elliot's hand-scrawled notes throughout the book, there are seven removal artefacts (including a newspaper clipping, pages from other books, a mysterious envelope etc) to accentuate the verisimilitude of the book.
It even feels just right, the paper is lighter than normal book paper, and it handles like a genuine, delicate notebook. The only thing missing is the authentic smell of burnt paper, where it was rescued from Elliot's attempt to destroy it.
I've just started Mark Frost's Secret History Of Twin Peaks, which is a very similar-style book, but once I'm through that, I shall attempt to crack the mystery of Elliot's notebook.