Best Indie Books/Authors

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3.93 avg rating — 490 ratings
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3

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3.84 avg rating — 902 ratings
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3.54 avg rating — 7,952 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 200 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 1,954 ratings
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7

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4.17 avg rating — 145,141 ratings
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8

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3.57 avg rating — 3,782 ratings
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9

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4.31 avg rating — 897 ratings
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10

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3.70 avg rating — 862 ratings
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11

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4.05 avg rating — 1,393 ratings
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12

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4.35 avg rating — 226 ratings
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13

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4.04 avg rating — 70 ratings
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14

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3.89 avg rating — 157 ratings
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15

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3.91 avg rating — 197 ratings
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16

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4.32 avg rating — 594 ratings
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17

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3.88 avg rating — 84,782 ratings
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18

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3.66 avg rating — 1,638,997 ratings
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19

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4.51 avg rating — 112 ratings
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20

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3.91 avg rating — 966 ratings
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21

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4.53 avg rating — 107 ratings
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22

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3.92 avg rating — 142 ratings
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23

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4.27 avg rating — 849 ratings
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24

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4.48 avg rating — 84 ratings
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25

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3.60 avg rating — 150 ratings
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26

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4.34 avg rating — 1,376 ratings
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27

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4.52 avg rating — 50 ratings
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28

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4.12 avg rating — 204 ratings
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29

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3.77 avg rating — 543 ratings
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30

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4.12 avg rating — 488,844 ratings
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31

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3.99 avg rating — 141 ratings
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32

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3.67 avg rating — 965 ratings
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33

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4.25 avg rating — 970 ratings
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34

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4.37 avg rating — 350 ratings
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35

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4.05 avg rating — 154 ratings
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36

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4.15 avg rating — 71,702 ratings
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37

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3.82 avg rating — 627 ratings
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38

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3.73 avg rating — 2,511 ratings
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39

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4.38 avg rating — 72 ratings
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40

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3.96 avg rating — 17,570 ratings
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41

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3.22 avg rating — 2,778 ratings
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42

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4.19 avg rating — 154 ratings
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43

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4.57 avg rating — 95 ratings
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44

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4.26 avg rating — 77 ratings
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45

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4.13 avg rating — 172 ratings
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46

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4.16 avg rating — 344 ratings
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47

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3.86 avg rating — 668,541 ratings
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48

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4.12 avg rating — 39,989 ratings
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49

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4.13 avg rating — 178 ratings
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49

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3.68 avg rating — 690 ratings
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51

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4.17 avg rating — 66 ratings
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52

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4.12 avg rating — 454 ratings
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53

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3.70 avg rating — 8,688 ratings
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54

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4.41 avg rating — 258 ratings
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55

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3.43 avg rating — 7 ratings
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56

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4.84 avg rating — 50 ratings
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57

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3.65 avg rating — 619 ratings
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58

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4.56 avg rating — 124 ratings
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59

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3.14 avg rating — 1,526 ratings
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60

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4.21 avg rating — 1,232 ratings
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61

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4.25 avg rating — 20 ratings
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62

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4.15 avg rating — 394 ratings
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63

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3.97 avg rating — 170 ratings
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64

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3.91 avg rating — 44 ratings
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65

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3.94 avg rating — 54,654 ratings
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66

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4.12 avg rating — 308 ratings
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67

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4.30 avg rating — 810 ratings
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68

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4.12 avg rating — 784 ratings
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69

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4.20 avg rating — 83 ratings
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70

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4.48 avg rating — 50 ratings
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71

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4.42 avg rating — 12 ratings
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72

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3.57 avg rating — 711 ratings
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73

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3.90 avg rating — 143 ratings
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74

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3.44 avg rating — 87 ratings
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75

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3.93 avg rating — 1,899 ratings
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76

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3.75 avg rating — 166 ratings
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77

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4.06 avg rating — 36 ratings
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78

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3.69 avg rating — 385 ratings
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79

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4.15 avg rating — 126 ratings
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80

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3.66 avg rating — 535 ratings
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81

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4.01 avg rating — 1,290 ratings
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82

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4.57 avg rating — 116 ratings
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83

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4.04 avg rating — 55 ratings
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84

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3.57 avg rating — 120 ratings
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85

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3.95 avg rating — 116 ratings
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85

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4.43 avg rating — 14 ratings
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87

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3.56 avg rating — 158 ratings
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87

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4.41 avg rating — 101 ratings
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89

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3.45 avg rating — 795 ratings
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90

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3.53 avg rating — 17 ratings
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91

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4.14 avg rating — 127 ratings
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92

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4.08 avg rating — 100 ratings
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93

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3.68 avg rating — 75 ratings
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94

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3.92 avg rating — 65 ratings
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94

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4.58 avg rating — 24 ratings
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94

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4.85 avg rating — 13 ratings
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97

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4.49 avg rating — 61 ratings
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98

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4.22 avg rating — 541 ratings
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99

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4.35 avg rating — 1,121 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 113 ratings
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1,929 books · 1,864 voters · list created April 29th, 2011 by deleted user.
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Roger 98 books
4 friends
Everly 363 books
1839 friends
Jan 1275 books
80 friends
Elizabeth 130 books
260 friends
Linda 23 books
81 friends
John 10 books
0 friends
Anne 146 books
6 friends
Leopold 31 books
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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

What does Indie mean? I googled it but still not sure about this.


message 2: by [deleted user] (new)

As far as I know - Indie music/art/film/books - meant people that were handling things pretty much on their own without the backing from a major studio or publisher.

Indie press also means small press or small publishing houses. Not the big traditional ones.

Now, because of the Internet and availability of eBooks and the ability of individuals to publish their books electronically, to me it means independent authors who are publishing their own work.

Anyone who knows more, please feel free to chime in. :)


message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

hehe I'm a life-long reader so I think it's a great time to be reader too. :)


The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon) I don't know that these are the "best ever" books or anything like that.

They all have the same editing issues. You know, the stray word in the wront tense or spelling and/or missing words here and there.

Having said that, I enjoyed reading every one of them. It takes a certain kind of magic to make a story come alive. These writers have the magic, and it's in their books. They deserve some love. (I loved the books.)

It just makes me wonder how much help a publishing company could have been to them with their polishing machine and army of editors if they had just accepted their work instead of trying to force them into writing to meet a formula?


message 5: by [deleted user] (new)

Hugh (A.K.A. Hermit the Curmudgeon) wrote: "I don't know that these are the "best ever" books or anything like that.

They all have the same editing issues. You know, the stray word in the wront tense or spelling and/or missing words her..."


This list got totally out of hand. I originally meant it as a list that I personally read/reviewed and thought was great... and then it got hi-jacked. lol I don't know how to fix it except start a new list? But I don't know if you can even make a closed list.

I have an Indies-good read shelf which does have only the books I've read and anyone is welcome to check it out or ASK ME!

I'd love to give you suggestions of Indie authors that I found to be really good. Good editing, good cover is a must, but story trumps all. I'm very eclectic so will probably find something you like...

Also I blog about all the Indies I read at alchemyofscrawl.wordpress.com

:)


message 6: by [deleted user] (new)

Coral wrote: "Hugh (A.K.A. Hermit the Curmudgeon) wrote: "I don't know that these are the "best ever" books or anything like that.

They all have the same editing issues. You know, the stray word in the wront ..."


Ask Suzanne to help you. She is a librarian who can correct and clean up lists. She does it all the time.I hope I didn't spell her name wrong. Susanne maybe


message 7: by [deleted user] (new)

lol it would go from 386 to 93. How do I contact a librarian?


message 8: by [deleted user] (new)

Nope, I looked at the rules and all lists are public. My shelf has my private Indies-good read so please friend me and check that out or ask me if you are unsure.

I'm not saying everyone else on the list is bad, I'm only one reader and have just listed the books that I've read and thought were good.

:)


message 9: by [deleted user] (new)

Alice wrote: "Coral wrote: "lol it would go from 386 to 93. How do I contact a librarian?"

Susanne is on most Listopias. You can also go on the group for librarians and ask for help. I have voted on hundreds ..."


No problem Alice. Thanks for your help!


message 10: by The Pirate Ghost (new)

The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon) I appologize for intruding. If I could take mine back, I would.


message 11: by [deleted user] (new)

Hugh (A.K.A. Hermit the Curmudgeon) wrote: "I appologize for intruding. If I could take mine back, I would."

For intruding? I don't understand. You're welcome to comment.


message 12: by [deleted user] (new)

Oh shoot, now I feel bad. No one else is going to delete anything so you shouldn't. I have a private list so this is no problem.

I just had no idea this list would catch on. Sorry!


message 13: by Linda (new)

Linda Rae ~☆ Alice☆~ wrote: "What does Indie mean? I googled it but still not sure about this." Indie writers--we write and publish our own books without use of a traditional publisher.


message 14: by Charles (last edited Feb 11, 2013 12:25AM) (new)

Charles O'Donnell Linda wrote: "~☆ Alice☆~ wrote: "What does Indie mean? I googled it but still not sure about this." Indie writers--we write and publish our own books without use of a traditional publisher."

An independently (read: self) published author. With Kindle, iBooks, Nook and more, it's easier than ever to self publish. Which means tens of thousands of self-published books hit the eBook sites every month. Including mine!


message 15: by Riley (new)

Riley Banks How is 50 Shades an Indie book? It was a commercial success!


message 16: by BookChic (new)

BookChic Club Riley wrote: "How is 50 Shades an Indie book? It was a commercial success!"

Because it was self-published. Doesn't matter how well it sold or whatever. Since E.L. James self-published (or went through a small publisher) it, it's an indie book.


message 17: by Linnea (new)

Linnea E.L. James (shudders can't believe I said that name) is not an indie book. It was bought up by Random House. Kinda ya know a big ass publisher. So no, should not be on this list.


message 18: by BookChic (new)

BookChic Club It was originally self-published though and then once it was a success, bought up by Random House and distributed widely as paperbacks.


message 19: by Linnea (new)

Linnea BookChic wrote: "It was originally self-published though and then once it was a success, bought up by Random House and distributed widely as paperbacks."

Nope was never self pub'd. It was published by the writers coffee shop. And all the poor schmucks that read it as fanfiction bought it and 6 months later Random House bought it up.


message 20: by BookChic (new)

BookChic Club Still though, the Writers Coffee Shop is not a major publisher and therefore an indie one and the book belongs on this list. The reason Random House bought it is because it was such a huge seller despite being a title from a little-known independent publisher. It doesn't matter if the book was later bought by a major publisher and mass-produced. What matters is the initial publication- was it self- or indie-published? If yes, it belongs here.


message 21: by Rob (new)

Rob Draeger "Virion: The Black Cell" by RLM Sanchez is such a fascinating read. One of the first indie authors I have taken the time to check out and because of him I have found so much hidden talent. Go check out his book! I can't wait for book 2! Virion: The Black Cell


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