Hello, Softcover

Softcover is a speciality shop for photo books, art books, indie magazines & zines in the heart of Vienna, Austria. We officially opened our doors in December 2023 and launched our Online Shop in May 2024.

Stumpergasse 53-55, 1060 Vienna
Wednesday-Saturday 12:00-18:00

Why Softcover

There’s a store for independent publishing in almost every big city, but not in Vienna (until now). Softcover is a shop in Vienna (6th district, Stumpergasse 53-55) for carefully handpicked indie magazines, art books, photo books and small editions. It is the first and only shop in Vienna to focus on independent publishing and topics like photography, graphic design, art and culture. Quality comes before quantity.

Softcover was founded in 2023 by designer and photographer Sebastian Gansrigler. From the two projects Auslöser Magazine and OFF GRID Photo Festival and in connection with other events and pop-ups from 2018 to 2023, our book collection has grown more and more over the last years. And since our bookshelf has been almost bursting at the seams, our passion for independent publishing has also deepened. It was time to create a permanent place for this in Vienna. A new space for new ideas, good design, carefully curated printed matter and passion for independent publishing.

What you can find

A handpicked, special curation of magazines, books and zines. You can also find some postcards, tote bags and posters!

Just to name a few:
A Passion Thing, Apartamento, Backstage Talks, Benedikt Steiner, Blow Up Press, Blumenhaus, Broccoli, Butt, C/O Vienna, Daily Things, Das Narr, Der Greif, Disko Bay, Eclect Lab, Fatboy Zine, Felder Books Berlin, Flaneur, Foam, Fotohof, Happy Potato Press, Hartmann Books, Innen, Jenny, Kapsel, Klaus Pichler, Loose Joints, Lotte van Raalte, Mafalda Rakoš, Mark Pezinger Books, Martina Borsche, Nikita Teryoshin, Overlapse, Phyllis Ma, Pool Publishing, Preserve Journal, Process*in, Replikat Press, Rûm, Set Margins, Sixteen Journal, Skinnerboox, Soybot, Spector Books, Stefanie Moshammer, The Posthumanist, VFMK, VOID, Verena Gotthardt, Vienna Zines

See all products in the Online Shop

Events at Softcover

We want to open a dialog and promote exchange. Softcover is a declaration of love to indie publishing. We are constantly organizing events such as artist talks, book presentations, magazine release parties, signings, readings, workshops and more. Drop us an email if you like to organize an event together: office@softcover.at

Previous events just to name a few: Nikita Teryoshin Artist Talk, Koralle Magazine Release, Popchop Magazine Release Party, Klaus Pichler Artist Talk, Journal du Thé Magazine Presentation, Bookbinding Workshops, Art Book Workshops, and many more.

See all upcoming and past events

Collaborations with Softcover

We are planning  collaborations with artists and independent publishers, as well as providing direct support with advice on self-publishing, paper selection, binding and distribution. We are also planning a number of books that we will produce ourselves together with photographers, designers and artists.

We are up for collaborations, partnerships and working together! Just come by or drop us a line. We would love to hear from you: office@softcover.at

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