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Frequently asked questions

What is Heftwerk?
Heftwerk is an umbrella brand for a network of companies and services passionate about independent print publications. We formed Heftwerk because we love indie mags and because we see new indie publishers struggle with the same challenges every time. From raw idea to the finished magazine in your readers' hands – Heftwerk aims to simplify the entire process.

Where are you based?
Our printer and shipper are based in Berlin. Kai, our indie mag consultant (and a frontline publisher himself) is based in Melbourne, Australia. And our distributors have different locations, depending on the region they cover.

Can I do just my printing or shipping with Heftwerk?
Yes. Heftwerk is a network of services that have proven to be successful, but we all work independently. You can use any element of our service, whether it's just some publishing advice, the printing or shipping, or getting your magazine distributed.

I'm not based in Germany, can I still use Heftwerk?
Absolutely! We love working with publishers around the world. Located in the heart of Europe and with a thriving publishing and media scene, Germany is the ideal place for indie publishing. Not only can we look back on a long tradition of print engineering and a reputation for high quality results, shipping your items to readers in Europe and the rest of the world from Germany is cost-efficient and fast. You know what they say about Germans being reliable and efficient? It's a stereotype we're proud of.

Ok, so how much does it all cost?
Heftwerk itself doesn't charge a fee. You only pay the services you use. For a personal consultation session, Kai charges a flat fee of €50.00 (payable via PayPal once a date/time has been confirmed). For a printing quote, please fill out our and email it to us. General prices for shipping are available here. Distribution cost varies depending on the service provider and the level of service.

But, print is dead!
Nice trolling! But seriously, we strongly believe that high-quality printed publications are here to stay. Here's a wonderful quote, taken from an editor's note of a print magazine: "In the same way that the automobile allowed the horse to become a creature of leisure rather than one of labour, so too has digital publishing moved traditional publishing into the realm of luxury."