AK Press is a worker-run collective that publishes and distributes radical books, visual and audio media, and other mind-altering material.
Seven people who work long hours for short money, because the believe in what they do. They state, “We’re anarchists, which is reflected both in the books we provide and in the way we organize our business”.
Decisions at AK Press are made collectively, from what they publish, to what they distribute and how they structure their labor. All the work, from sweeping floors to answering phones, is shared. When the telemarketers call and ask, “who’s in charge?” the answer is: everyone.
AK Press’ goal isn’t profit. As stated on their site, “Our goal is supplying radical words and images to as many people as possible. The books and other media we distribute are published by independent presses, not the corporate giants. We make them widely available to help you make positive (or, hell, revolutionary) changes in the world. As you probably know, the stuff we carry is less and less available from the corporate publishers and their chain stores”.