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Announcing Reading Independent Publishers Month 2 #ReadIndies (February 2022) » read indies 2


Posted on Friday, December 31st, 2021 at 8:27 am at 2048 × 2048

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  1. Dark Puss
    Jan 03, 2022 @ 20:10:45

    How do you define “independent”? Independent of whom and why is it important? Faber and Faber for example uses Penguin Random House to physically distribute its books and has an annual turnover in excess of £20 million, The British Library receives over 80% of its funds from the Government. Surely a very broad selection given that I am sure some of your “independents” are very small outfits indeed. Is it not the quality and variety of what is published that is important? Not a criticism, genuinely interested in the definition that you have used here.

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    • kaggsysbookishramblings
      Jan 04, 2022 @ 09:41:01

      It’s hard to define, I admit, and we are fairly flexible. If you look at Lizzy’s post last year it will give you some idea:

      https://lizzysiddal.wordpress.com/2021/02/01/readindies-month-starts-here/

      There are a lot of checklists but they’re never going to agree or list all indies. I suppose we’re trying to support publishers who are not going down the mass bestseller line – some will be bigger indies and some truly small imprints like Half Pint Press. If we can support those independents trying to break the mould and get us to read great books that will never be picked up by mainstream publishers and dumped in supermarkets, I suppose that’s what we’re trying to do.

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