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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Where To Find Indie Book Reviews

I am waiting for the audio recording of the RUSA CODES Research and Trends Committee’s ALA presentation “Dealing in Diversity” to be posted [I have a direct line to the people in charge. It should be ready soon]. I will have it with the slides for you because it was one of the better programs on this topic I have ever attended, especially because the publishing representative on the panel pulled NO punches calling out her fellow white, upper class, elite educated peers.

But in the mean time, one of the fixes to diversifying your collection that was mentioned on that panel was to look outside the traditional publishers for titles. Someone briefly mentioned Foreword Reviews, which I have used for a few years now [here is my “Resource Alert” on them from last year] . As they say on their about page:
Founded in 1998, Foreword Magazine, Inc. is an independent media company totally devoted to covering the indie book publishing industry. From multi-imprint independent publishers, to micro presses, university presses, and author-owned publishers, the universe of indie publishing is vast and widely underserved; Foreword exists to fill that void, giving a platform for indie publishers to be discovered by our varied audience of librarians, booksellers, book-loving consumers, publishers, agents, and other publishing professionals. 
Click here for all of the winners.
This past weekend, Foreword once again released their books of the year in a wide array of genres and categories. Plus they include a publisher of the year- books published in 2016.

Now, some of you may be thinking, well, I am a small library and these books might be too “fringe” for us.

To that I say, no way because look at their Editor’s Choice of the Year for Fiction: We Love You, Charlie Freeman by Katilyn Greeidge-- this is a book many libraries own.

So click here or see below for links to all of the winners [Click on the purple and it will take you to the category]. Also, don’t forget the backlist winners. Those are on the website going back to 2005!

You have no excuse to not try to diversify your collections now. Foreword Reviews makes it easy. And, in the coming months, I will have information about another new resource for Indie presses, so stay tuned.



Below is the list of fantastic indie literature Winners for the 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards. Read the 2016 winners press release.







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