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Independence Day! 20 Best Books From Indie Presses You Should Know About

Anis Shivani | Posted 09.01.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

We hope this discussion of the country's leading-edge indie presses gives you a sense of the present state of literature and social commentary, and that you will support these presses--along with your favorite indie booksellers--to keep the literary enterprise free and democratic.

25 Overlooked Political Books Of 2011

Anis Shivani | Posted 08.08.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

Can Detroit be saved? What are the myths of green energy? What can we learn from the boggled reconstruction of Iraq? Are we going to share a future of biometric surveillance? Just how did white middle-class Americans start identifying themselves as outsiders?

The Indie Book Collective: A Great Resource for Both eAuthors and eReaders

2morrowknight | Posted 06.06.2011 | Books

The publishing industry is at a crossroads. It's trying to figure out what it means to do business in the Digital Age, which has transformed the lands...

Falling Out of Love With My e-Reader

Paul LaRosa | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Paul LaRosa

A funny thing happened on my way to becoming a dedicated e-reader. I wound up falling back in love with a couple of small, independent bookstores in my home borough of Brooklyn.

GigaOm To Book Publishers: Wake Up And Smell the Disruption | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The writing has been on the wall for some time in the book publishing business: platforms like Amazon's Kindle and the iPad have caused an explosion o...

WATCH: Indie Literary Publishing: Editors And Writers Speak Out

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

Coffee House Press of Minnesota is a national treasure. Few independent literary presses can match its long record of publishing some of the finest f...

Smart Self-Publishing: How to Get Published Without Getting Scammed

Penny C. Sansevieri | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Penny C. Sansevieri

Author royalties vary greatly from publisher to publisher but don't be swayed by higher royalties because the calculation might be a bit tricky. Let me explain.

Popping My Twitterville Cyber-Cherry

David Henry Sterry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
David Henry Sterry

We wanted to get novelists to think about how to best capture what's great about their book with our Twitter event. Quickly the restrictions of 140 characters became apparent.

Will New York Center For Independent Publishing Survive? | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Struggling to survive despite its parent organization's financial problems, the loss of its director and now its interim director, the New York Center...

Small Publisher Spotlight

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

It is in the nature of small presses to appear, fill a certain need--often political or cultural in nature--and then vanish.

Faber Alligns Independent Publishers With Digitization Service | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Faber Factory will provide text digitisation, digital distribution, free storage and sales reporting. Eighteen UK publishers are signed up to the sche...

Seattle Dispatch: The Richard Hugo House

Ming Holden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Ming Holden

If you're at a writing conference at the Richard Hugo House, Seattle's literary hub, and a cheerful, chestnut-curled woman strides into the overfilled workshop room and announces, "We're going to O-Rama!" you've probably found Alix Wilber.

iPad Creates Self-Publishing Option

Wired UK | Brian X Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Getting a book deal isn't easy (I can personally vouch for that), and Apple is now an alternative to the traditional publisher. The company this week ...

Go Rogue: Seven Lessons for Aspiring Authors

Rob Asghar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Rob Asghar

As the author of a new, independently published book, I'll share with aspiring authors some lessons I've learned so far in the two months my book has been out.

McSweeney's No. 33 Is A Good, Old-Fashioned Newspaper

The New York Times | Bruce Weber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"People have been saying the short story is dying for a lot longer than they've been saying newspapers are dying," Jordan Bass, managing editor of the...

Going "Indie": Rebranding the New Wave of Authors

Rob Asghar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Rob Asghar

Stop calling yourself a self-published author. You are an independent author, and you wrote an independently published book, not a self-published book.

Glamorize: Why Small Presses Should Accessorize

Eric Obenauf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Eric Obenauf

I would wager that consumers of small press books are more aware of who published the work than those of corporate presses, which makes it easier for an independent publisher to sell brand merchandise.

What Is to Be Done?

John Oakes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
John Oakes

Imagine taking the guesswork out of publishing. Imagine a publisher printing only to fulfill orders, and with a minimum of waste; imagine further a system that sidesteps warehouses and wholesalers.

Going Rouge and the Art of Jujitsu Publishing

Colin Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Colin Robinson

Whenever Going Rogue was discussed, Going Rouge would be brought into the frame too. We had to become the skunk at Palin's garden party.

Dancing with Shiva: Aligning Publishers' Interests With Those of Writers and Readers

Rob Asghar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Rob Asghar

The good news is that, if writers with lower profiles than Kim Kardashian feel they have a book of quality that can stand on its own, they no longer have to file the manuscript away in a drawer.