We are like the orchestra on the Titanic, you and us. We make books. You buy them. In the distance people are shouting something about an iceberg. So what?
“Even the Mona Lisa is falling apart.” Tyler Durden
We make books. There, I said it. We believe there is a future for books and bookshops. Like most people who love browsing bookshops, we are Romantics.
We believe in the bookshop experience. In fact… We are more excited about publishing now than ever before.
And we want to share that excitement with you.
We want to paint you a picture of how you can use our books to help keep the dream alive.
There is digital AND there is analogue. Not, digital INSTEAD OF analogue.
The future belongs to those who realise that the value of digital technology is only as good as it’s inputs and outputs. Innovative relationships between the real world and cyberspace will be the stars of the future. With your help, we aim to be one.
We are a publishing company spawned of the digital age. What we do with books can only be done because of the internet. We respond to trends rapidly using social media to gather content. This allows us to put out big beautiful books really fast that capture the Zeitgeist in full technicolour glory.
Why should you buy CBC books? CBC Books are books about social objects. “The Social Object, in a nutshell, is the reason two people are talking to each other, as opposed to talking to somebody else.” – Hugh MacLeod
CBC takes a social object, for example: ‘Street Art’ and gives it a big, beautiful book. That book becomes another way for members of that social network to involve themselves more deeply and that has huge social rewards. That’s why people buy our books, in much the same way people used to buy band t-shirts.
CBC books are designed to enrich the conversation around their subject with powerful images and provocative but conversational text. In this way you read the books as a way into a culture, an access code to a social network.
In a nutshell, these are books of the internet age for the internet age.
And although the Titanic may sink, perhaps we’ll find a new way to ride the wave…
Banksy is the closest thing we have to Che Guevara. Except, as far as we know, he’s never flunked medical school, shot anyone or attempted to foment revolution in the Congo. You will find, gathered lovingly together, in this book – the single best collection of photography of Banksy’s street work that has ever been assembled for print. If that isn’t enough there are some words too. Much to the chagrin of art schools everywhere, it is likely that Banksy will be the best remembered artist of post-millennial-depression Britain. His capacity to grab attention and deliver a message, often with a punch line or hidden layer of meaning would have landed him a great job in an advertising agency. Madison Avenue’s loss is our gain.
If you’ve never heard of Banksy, this book is all you’ll ever need to read to be able to engage in pub table debates about the man and the legend. When Banksy started out painting the political landscape was bleak. Fortunately now, it’s ten times worse. So as Banksy’s cheerfully aggressive political work grows ever more relevant we take a stab at presenting his art in the context of the era he was responding to, looking at the issues his work was about.
Spinfluence is an irreverent take on how propaganda is used by ‘The 1%’ to control the remaining 99%. It’s written from the perspective of an organisation who work directly for the 1%. But in a satirical twist the book exposes the amoral and highly unethical techniques used through propaganda to control the masses.
Spinfluence tackles complex subjects which are highly topical and simplifies them for the reader. More and more people are angered by the disproportionate power the 1% wield and want to know how and why this elite minority are able to accumulate so much wealth, and are to hold sway the over the government and population alike – at such great social cost.