Most of the publications that hold any kind of text were written in either English or German. Looking at the places where the items in the NO-ISBN collection were published, the reason for this becomes readily obvious, as their authors usually (with some notable exemptions) chose the language spoken in their country.
The effects of globalization, specifically the worldwide prevalence of English as a second language, also contributes to the high percentage of publications in this language, as speakers of uncommon languages who want to reach an international audience often opt for English instead.
Most publications were produced in Austria, Germany, the USA, and the UK. The relative dominance of Austrian publishers in relation to the size of the country results from the fact that NO-ISBN was launched from Salon für Kunstbuch at Vienna, and from the small but well-informed network of local publishing artists.
It is important to note that the distribution of countries of origin does not reflect the actual numbers of self-published books and magazines throughout the world. For example, there are currently no publications from Asia or Africa in the collection. This is a result of the way the publications were collected: personal social networks, poster performances, and calls for entries mostly reach local communities.
At the same time, the goal of NO-ISBN was not to establish a representative sample of international publishing activities, but to establish a community for publications that are usually hard to find due to their eschewing of traditional channels of distribution.
Please note that not all items in the collection have associated geo data, therefor only a subset of items is displayed on this map. For a complete overview of all items visit the Collection page.
In addition to some demographic information about yourself and basic bibliographic data, such as the title, the names of the author(s) and the place and date of publication, we collect information on a number of formal characteristics. These aspects were chosen by Bernhard Cella following his artistic and aesthetic approach to publications, and are meant to shed light on the material qualities and on different contemporary approaches to the conventions of media and publishing.
Please provide as much information as possible. While some of the questions might not be applicable to your publication (and you can always opt to leave fields empty), it is important to us to learn about all the different characteristics. By completing these entries, your publication will also become part of the data pool we use to create the infographics in the detail view of each publication.
We will also ask you to provide a physical copy of your publication for the collection at Salon für Kunstbuch in Vienna. Please mail it to Salon für Kunstbuch, Mondscheingasse 11, A-1070 Vienna.
By submitting a publication to NO-ISBN, you agree the right to publish the information and image(s) relating to your publication on the NO-ISBN platform.
If you have any further questions about the submission process, please consult the frequently asked questions in the sidebar, or contact us.
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