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PRAISE FOR BADLANDS UNLIMITED

“Iconoclastic” —Publisher’s Weekly

“[Breaking] down the distinction between print, digital files and art.” —T magazine

“Badlands is changing the nature of arts publishing” —Los Angeles Review of Books

“Deliciously subversive” —Rhizome

“An extraordinary experiment in publishing” —ArtReview

“Wide-reaching” —Art in America

“The Independent Publishing House Revolutionizing Erotica” —AnOther Magazine

“Badlands Unlimited is forcing several lines of inquiry: who decides what constitutes an art object or a book, when art and digital publishing meet?” —Frieze

Founded in 2010, Badlands Unlimited publishes e-books, paper books, and artist works in digital and print forms. Historical distinctions between books, files, and artworks are dissolving rapidly. We publish and produce new works by artists and writers that embody the spirit of this emerging dissolution.

We make books in an expanded field.


CONTACT

Badlands Unlimited

P.O. Box 151
New York, NY, 10002
USA

(646) 478-8653

General inquiries
Sales inquiries

FAQ

Where are you located?

Our flagship retail store,Y.oung P.ublishers 99¢ & Up, is located at 24 Rutgers Street. In addition to books, Y.P. features artfully-designed displays of kitschy merchandise, such as a series of mannequin heads displaying various hats and wigs alongside a shelf of books. The Badlands office is by appointment only.

What do you publish?

Books in an expanded field. Writings and works by artists and writers in paper and digital forms. We also produce artworks in the form of editions and unique pieces.

Why e-books? Why downloadable files? Why not just publish paper books like normal people?

Because you can’t publish a .GIF or digital files on paper. Also because reading an e-book on e-readers like the iPad or Kindle means you only have to use one hand to read, freeing your other hand to do whatever you please.

Where can I buy your books?

Our website, Y.P. at 24 Rutgers, all fine independent bookshops, Amazon, and Apple. Our paper books are distributed by D.A.P. in the Americas and Koenig Books in Europe.

I’m a book buyer. Can I buy books directly from you for my shop?

Yes you can, and with 50% off! Search Wholesale to find out how...

Will you publish my book? Or my art?

We do not accept solicitations.

Why is it called Badlands Unlimited?

Because Unknown Unknowns was taken.

Because Phaidon was taken.

Because Facebook was taken.

Do you ship internationally?

Yes. However, customers are responsible for the cost of international shipping for the individual item being delivered.


HISTORY

Paul Chan founded Badlands Unlimited in 2010 on the principle of publishing things the public has never seen before in formats that the public can easily access. Badlands now consists of artists Micaela Durand (Director), Ian Cheng (Editor at Large), Parker Bruce, and Ambika Subramaniam. From the beginning, ebooks were Badlands’ primary mode of delivery. But the operation has expanded to limited edition art works, downloadable files, paperback erotica, and the occasional stone tablet. Historical distinctions between books, files, and artworks are dissolving rapidly. Badlands publishes and produces new works by artists and writers that embody the spirit of this emerging dissolution.

“By refusing to repeat tired, overhyped strategies of modernization and creating a showcase of artistic strategies within digital culture, Badlands Unlimited provides a welcome edition to a forum of imagining the future of the book.” - Rhizome

When the press first participated in Printed Matter's 2012 New York Art Book Fair as the event's first primarily digital publisher, reactions were adverse among some visitors, who felt that creating ebooks was akin to burning traditional books. Yet, as Mark Sladen noted in the Art Review, Badlands’ “most radical e-books are more akin to artworks than to conventional publications; and although they do not revel in interactivity or animation for the sake of it, they are completely a product of the digital age.”

Eventually, Badlands began to dabble in almost all formats imaginable. The Wht Is? series by Paul Chan consisted of ebooks alongside paper editions of his writing and works. Physical volumes (a collection of Yvonne Rainer's Poems with an ebook of video and audio inserts) were published alongside acclaimed interactive ebooks (the digital group show How to Download Your Boyfriend, Adbook by BFFA3AE, Petra Cortright's HELL_TREE) — all of which Badlands considers "books," defined by the unique form of attention it commands.

In an experimental attempt to keep financially fluid, Badlands Unlimited announced the publication of an erotica fiction series called New Lovers in 2015. Inspired by Maurice Girodias' legendary Olympia Press, New Lovers features the raw and uncut writings of authors new to the erotica genre. Each novella has its own unique take on relationships, intimacy, and sex, as well as the complexities that bedevil contemporary life, culture, and art today. The experiment quickly became Badlands' most notorious series of publications, featuring celebrated publications by emerging female writers. The series will soon be complimented by another set of erotic stories that focuses on the flash-memoirs of gay men.

With increasing demand from the general public, Badlands opened the doors this year to it's first retail flagship outlet store: the Y.oung P.ublisher's 99¢ & Up. Located in a Chinatown dollar store, Badlands bestsellers like Poems by Yvonne Rainer (2011), On Democracy by Saddam Hussein (2012), Marcel Duchamp: The Afternoon Interviews by Calvin Tomkins (2013), and the New Lovers series share retail space with toilet paper, vases, colorful plastic flowers, Woolite®, vanity mirrors, lottery tickets, and wigs—all at unbeatable prices.

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FAQ

Where are you located?

Our flagship retail store,Y.oung P.ublishers 99¢ & Up, is located at 24 Rutgers Street. In addition to books, Y.P. features artfully-designed displays of kitschy merchandise, such as a series of mannequin heads displaying various hats and wigs alongside a shelf of books. The Badlands office is by appointment only.

What do you publish?

Books in an expanded field. Writings and works by artists and writers in paper and digital forms. We also produce artworks in the form of editions and unique pieces.

Why e-books? Why downloadable files? Why not just publish paper books like normal people?

Because you can’t publish a .GIF or digital files on paper. Also because reading an e-book on e-readers like the iPad or Kindle means you only have to use one hand to read, freeing your other hand to do whatever you please.

Where can I buy your books?

Our website, Y.P. at 24 Rutgers, all fine independent bookshops, Amazon, and Apple. Our paper books are distributed by D.A.P. in the Americas and Koenig Books in Europe.

I’m a book buyer. Can I buy books directly from you for my shop?

Yes you can, and with 50% off! Search Wholesale to find out how...

Will you publish my book? Or my art?

We do not accept solicitations.

Why is it called Badlands Unlimited?

Because Unknown Unknowns was taken.

Because Phaidon was taken.

Because Facebook was taken.

Do you ship internationally?

Yes. However, customers are responsible for the cost of international shipping for the individual item being delivered.