Emoji Dick is a crowd sourced and crowd funded translation of Herman Melville's Moby Dick into Japanese emoticons called emoji.
Each of the book's approximately 10,000 sentences has been translated three times by a Amazon Mechanical Turk worker. These results have been voted upon by another set of workers, and the most popular version of each sentence has been selected for inclusion in this book.
In total, over eight hundred people spent approximately 3,795,980 seconds working to create this book. Each worker was paid five cents per translation and two cents per vote per translation.
The funds to pay the Amazon Turk workers and print the initial run of this book were raised from eighty-three people over the course of thirty days using the funding platform Kickstarter.
By my calculation, that's something like 10000*3*.07 = $2,100, which is not much for a translation of Moby Dick, but a lot for a joke that probably gets tiresome after a couple of pages.
From a reviewer who gives the book zero stars:
This book has a "Preview" link that only shows 12 pages… which is enough to show the title pages and credits… and ABSOLUTELY NOTHING OF THE EMOJI itself. How one can judge whether to buy a $200 hardcover from just the title pages, I don't know. Perhaps the publisher/'author' (all 800+ of them) haven't much faith in the work to allow a real preview? Same goes for the soft cover, paperback, and ebook previews.
Can anyone contribute a page or two of the actual text? Not that I expect to be surprised — my guess is that it should have been called Moby Plankton. (OK, sorry, unfair to protists.)