A 130-pound book the size of a dining room table about Bhutan went on sale on Monday as part of an effort to raise awareness about the tiny Himalayan kingdom.

“Bhutan: A Visual Odyssey Across the Last Himalayan Kingdom,” has been certified as the world’s largest book by Guinness World Records, according to researchers who collaborated on the project.

Michael Hawley, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, raised funding and support for the book from various technology companies, including Microsoft Corp. and Amazon.com Inc. .

Microsoft’s researchers also got involved in the book project and expeditions to the Buddhist nation because the entire book was shot digitally, said Kevin Schofield, director of university relations at Microsoft Research.

“It was a great research project,” Schofield said.

Most of the proceeds from the book, which sells for $10,000 on Amazon.com Inc., will be used to fund educational programs in Bhutan, a tiny mountainous nation nestled between India and China.
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