The album is available for download in a variety of formats, including MP3, lossless FLAC and high-quality WAV files. When playing the MP3 files in an MP3 player a different piece of artwork is displayed for each song, [[The_Photography_of_Ghosts_I%E2%80%93IV|as was the case with]] ''[[Ghosts I–IV]]''.
While [[Trent Reznor]] is known for laboring over his music for years at a time, ''The Slip'' was written and recorded in just three weeks.[
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/08/arts/music/08pare.html?pagewanted=all] The album was originally intended to be an EP, but quickly grew to album length.[http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/sftw/article1497804.ece]