Self Publishing and Libraries


Over the past few years self-publishing has seen a great surge in popularity and sales. This has been especially true of genre writing. Critics and reviewers however, have been reluctant to review self-published titles. As a result it is difficult for libraries to identify what titles should be added to their collections.

As a genre buyer of Science Fiction and Fantasy, I look to Amazon for guidance. Amazon makes it easy for independent authors to publish their work, so I am able to review a vast catalog of self-published titles.  Starting with Amazon kindle bestselling self-published titles, I look at Amazon reviews and how many people have reviewed that title. I’ve found some real gems that way.  Here are few:


Wired by Douglas E. Richards (1,595 reviews with an average rating of 4 stars)

Timebound by Rysa Walker (2,150 reviews with an average rating of 4 ½ stars)

Atlantis Gene by A. G. Riddle (6,742 reviews with an average rating of 4 stars)


Still, many deserving titles go unnoticed. Thankfully, The Guardian is starting to do something about that.  Along with publisher Legend Times, The Guardian has announced that they will be introducing a monthly literary prize to highlight “the fantastic quality of writing that can be found from independent authors”.  They will award a prize for each genre.

I for one am pleased to have the help!

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Written by Reference Librarian Stephanie 4/22/14.

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