10/04/2011 02:52 pm ET Updated Dec 04, 2011

9 Books That Began Life Self Published

Indie (aka self) publishing is hardly a new phenomena. And contrary to some, it is not code word for "not good enough." Want proof? Take a look at the nine titles featured in our slideshow. From modern blockbusters like "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" and "Eragon" to acclaimed masterpieces from authors including Walt Whitman and Leo Tolstoy, indie is just another way to get your work in front of readers.

Books that Began Life Self-Pubbed

You can find more indie at IndieReader, the essential guide to self published books and the people who write them.