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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Self Published Award Winners

I was busy with holiday prep today, so I am posting something I had been saving.

Library Journal recently announced their Indie Ebook Award winners:
LJ recently concluded its second annual Indie Ebook Awards. Committees of librarians—plus one of last year’s winners—volunteered their time to evaluate hundreds of submissions to determine the best ebooks self-publishing has to offer in fantasy, mystery, romance, sf, and YA. These books—and many others—can be found on SELF-e, a subscription-based digital discovery platform for self-published books that is a partnership between LJ and BiblioBoard. Congratulations to the 2016 winners!
Click here for the winners broken up by genre.

That list with winners and honorable mention titles is the perfect place to start if you are looking to add self published titles to your library collections.

Personally I am saddened that there wasn’t a horror category because I KNOW that there are many awesome self published horror tiles, some by big name authors. But this is a great start.

On a more local level here in Illinois, the Soon To Be Famous Illinois Author Project has also partnered with BiblioBoard to promote self published authors.

2016 has definitely seen a distinct legitimization of including of self published authors in library collections. I don’t think it is a coincidence that BiblioBoard is a common factor here. They are making it easier to add all kinds of ebooks, but especially self published, e-only titles to library collections.

I am starting to see the tipping point for self published books being easily added to libraries on the horizon.

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