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Independence Day: 9 Big Books From Small Publishers (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 07/04/10 08:48 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 06:00 PM ET

This Independence Day, we're continuing our celebration of the independent spirit in the publishing industry by recognizing some of the spectacular successes independent publishers have had over the past decade. The books below are bestsellers, award winners, and books that have had everyone talking, and they were all published by small, independent presses. These books are by no means the only independently published books worth talking about, but they prove that indies still have a major role to play in the publishing industry. Vote on your favorites in the slideshow below, and let us know about the independently published books that you love in the comments section below. If there are enough submissions we'll be happy to continue the celebration next week by creating another feature out of your suggestions. Let's keep the indie spirit alive!


"Tinkers," Paul Harding (Bellevue Literary Press)
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Paul Harding's "Tinkers" got everyone talking about independent publishers when it won the Pulitzer Prize this year. It was the first book published by an independent press to win the Pulitzer since 1981, and the publishing world was astonished by its surprise win. Credit for the book's success has been given to the word-of-mouth buzz about the book, and to the independent booksellers who hand-sold it.
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