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The Open-Source Coffee Table Book: Publishing Pop Culture in the Digital Age

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February 11, 2009 12:25 PM

New York Marriott Marquis Times Square, 1535 Broadway, New York, NY 10036

New York Marriott Marquis Times Square, 1535 Broadway, New York, NY 10036

Why should techies have all the fun? The few publishers to embrace open content focus primarily on technical books. But an increasing number of artists and pop culture creators are seeking alternatives to copy restricting their works. What works for Cory Doctorow’s science fiction can also work for graphic novels, art and coffee table books. Unfortunately, publishers who historically specialize in popular culture – many of which are subsidiaries of the same media conglomerates pushing DRM and extending copyright enforcement – are unwilling to pursue the open-source model. Will existing open-source publishers expand into pop culture to exploit this niche? Will new publishers emerge to serve both pop culture markets and artists?

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