'The Offical Michael Jackson OPUS' coming December 7

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Out December 7, The Offical Michael Jackson OPUS was begun with the artist before his death in June, and it has been approved by his estate, making it the only official book to come out after his death. The enormous book for the ultimate fan is published by Kraken Opus, which also published Prince's 21 Nights.

At 404 pages and weighing in at 26 pounds (11.7 kg); the enormous leather-bound book includes 300 photos - some rare or previously unpublished - plus fan artwork and tributes, and statements by figures including Reverend Jesse Jackson, Quincy Jones, Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson, Shaquille O'Neal, Paula Abdul, John Landis, and Sugar Ray Leonard. It comes packaged in a silk-covered case with an ink drawing by Nate Giorgio.

A particularly notable feature of the book is an innovation the company calls "Opus Reality:" Log onto the Kraken site, then hold up some of the book's photos to a webcam, and music and video compoents will come alive on your computer screen.

Up until the book's release date, a preview copy of the book is at the Opus Store, 10-13 King Street, London.

The book is available for pre-order at $249/£199/€219 from the Opus Store and from Ticketmaster. The company warns that books ordered now, or any time after September 30, will likely not arrive until the New Year.