Makina is an independent publisher based in Stoke Newington, London. Our books celebrate independent voices in photography, poetry, fiction and prose.
I’m Robin and I started Makina in Glasgow in 2016. My initial aim was to make affordable pocket-sized photo books and share some of the work I loved seeing online that wasn’t being ‘saved’ physically. Now my remit has expanded to include poetry, fiction and audio in Makina’s output. I currently make collectable books in the ongoing series’ – New Words and Makina Archive. In 2019 I launched the Makina Books Podcast which focusses on narratives in publishing.
Makina is named after the Plaubel Makina – a medium format camera popular with the ‘new colour documentarists’ in the 1980s. The ‘Makina’ makes a 6×7 frame – the inspiration for our boxier format celebrated in our ongoing New Words series.
Our titles are held in several collections, including; Whitney Museum of American Art Library (New York) National Library of Scotland, Stills Centre for Photography, University of the Arts London and the National Poetry Library (London).
We are a small entity, but endeavour to dispatch orders via Royal Mail twice a week. Please remember to leave adequate time for overseas orders to arrive before getting in touch to let us know that an order hasn’t yet arrived. We use recycled all-board book mailers to ensure you receive your books safely.
If you would like to stock any of our books, please contact hello(at)makinabooks(dot)com or see our Contact page.
We are always interested in seeing new work! Makina publish innovative books and pamphlets and are passionate about championing independent voices. We are interested in publishing photography, poetry, fiction, literary criticism and non-fiction. We are also interested in sound, widening networks and accessibility.
Before you send a proposal please check our previous titles to see if we’re the right publisher for you. Does your work fit within our existing series’ Makina Archive and New Words?Please note that we programme our schedule 10-12 months in advance of release and work with an existing team of designers – paper and print are key to us!
Send your proposal to hello[at]makinabooks[dot]com with your book title in the subject line. Please send as Google Drive link or ensure all attachments are in Microsoft Word or PDF format. Please also send a short biography detailing previous creative projects, previous publications – including online and readings / exhibitions. We are a small entity and although we read everything sent to us we can’t give specific feedback if your proposal is not successful.
This list of shops changes often, but I try to keep it up to date. If you are a shop and interested in stocking any of our titles, please get in touch: email@example.com
Burley Fisher Books
Camden Arts Centre
London Review Bookshop
Pages of Cheshire Street
Pages of Hackney
Ti Pi Tin
Specialist Subject Records