Independent publishing house Mark Batty Publisher, who is known for its visual art books, has taken the digital plunge with a new eBook about graffiti at famed NYC punk club CBGBs.
The walls talk in CBGB: Decades of Graffiti, which tells the story of the New York punk scene through photos of graffiti taken in the Bowery nightclub from 1973-2006. The title is a collaboration between NYC punk icon Richard Hell and Mark Batty photographer John K. Putnam and the publisher’s designer Christopher Salyers. The eBook is available in iTunes for $8.99.
The CBGBs book is the first in what the publisher plans to be a number of digital releases. In the coming year, MBP will release digital editions of new releases and backlist titles including: Face Food Recipes, a cook book inspired by visually striking bento boxes and DJ Spooky’s upcoming title The Book of Ice.
Why did the publisher decide to go digital? Mark Batty Publisher’s designer and production director Christopher Salyers says that it had to do with the benefits of fixed-format eBooks. He states: “Apple’s decision to include fixed-width viewing in Epub format on the iPad/iPhone opened up an opportunity for illustrated book publishers to get into the eBook game. You can view one of our books as they’ve been originally designed for print, but with the added ability to zoom and move about the high definition spreads with ease.”