Posted by Alex Barber on June 16, 2010
Sydney-based Lisa Lerkenfeldt and Hayley Morgan are New Planes, a collection and distribution service for independent publications and vinyl. This multifaceted business was inspired by the duo’s interest in, and passion for, indie fodder. Recently they took their mobile cart to the Even Books’ Readers’ Festival and Creative Sydney to find out what people want to read. There is something about New Planes that reminds us of the city fruit and vegetable vendors. That is, prior to the pre-Olympic mandatory stall upgrade (read: gentrification). They’re getting out amongst it all, bringing the people what they need and setting up shop and within walking distance.
Covered: the resurgence of independent publications, why everyone loves the Moroccan Hash Cookbook and their publishing experiment, New Planes Public Press.
Alex Barber: What made you start reading and collecting independent material?
New Planes: We collect two things – publications and vinyl. When it comes to printed matter we like zines, books, broadsheets, the lot. We're writers and we dig independent publications. The freedom writers and publishers have when working outside the system makes for interesting material. Heaps of friends, writers, artists and bands that we're inspired by publish things. They're social documents of our generation and it's easy to drop $2, $10 or $30 to have a permanent slice of their work.More...