Best Indie Books/Authors

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3.93 avg rating — 1,044 ratings
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3

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4.07 avg rating — 358 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 676 ratings
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5

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3.55 avg rating — 7,219 ratings
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6

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3.93 avg rating — 165 ratings
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7

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4.20 avg rating — 108,386 ratings
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8

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3.57 avg rating — 3,397 ratings
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9

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3.72 avg rating — 832 ratings
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10

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4.06 avg rating — 1,260 ratings
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11

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4.42 avg rating — 179 ratings
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12

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4.16 avg rating — 114 ratings
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13

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4.13 avg rating — 54 ratings
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14

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3.92 avg rating — 192 ratings
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15

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3.89 avg rating — 74,443 ratings
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16

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3.68 avg rating — 1,316,208 ratings
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17

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3.93 avg rating — 806 ratings
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18

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4.17 avg rating — 389,511 ratings
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19

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3.94 avg rating — 140 ratings
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20

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4.55 avg rating — 77 ratings
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21

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3.60 avg rating — 142 ratings
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22

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4.13 avg rating — 192 ratings
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23

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3.83 avg rating — 458 ratings
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24

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4.20 avg rating — 127 ratings
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25

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3.67 avg rating — 911 ratings
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26

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4.32 avg rating — 419 ratings
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27

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4.60 avg rating — 164 ratings
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28

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3.85 avg rating — 523 ratings
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29

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4.32 avg rating — 114 ratings
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30

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4.16 avg rating — 55,947 ratings
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31

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3.72 avg rating — 16,400 ratings
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32

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3.20 avg rating — 2,544 ratings
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33

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4.21 avg rating — 531 ratings
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34

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3.74 avg rating — 2,358 ratings
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35

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4.38 avg rating — 66 ratings
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36

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3.97 avg rating — 16,245 ratings
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37

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4.28 avg rating — 111 ratings
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38

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3.65 avg rating — 14,568 ratings
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39

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4.14 avg rating — 168 ratings
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40

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3.95 avg rating — 49,392 ratings
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41

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3.72 avg rating — 7,091 ratings
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42

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4.14 avg rating — 34,867 ratings
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43

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4.63 avg rating — 81 ratings
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44

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4.20 avg rating — 320 ratings
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45

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3.76 avg rating — 584 ratings
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46

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4.03 avg rating — 138 ratings
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47

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3.89 avg rating — 570,314 ratings
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48

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4.22 avg rating — 78 ratings
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49

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3.16 avg rating — 1,354 ratings
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50

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4.23 avg rating — 60 ratings
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51

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4.15 avg rating — 431 ratings
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52

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4.48 avg rating — 236 ratings
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53

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3.50 avg rating — 6 ratings
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54

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3.61 avg rating — 490 ratings
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55

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4.62 avg rating — 85 ratings
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56

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4.29 avg rating — 17 ratings
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57

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3.97 avg rating — 142 ratings
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58

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3.90 avg rating — 39 ratings
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59

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4.38 avg rating — 182 ratings
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60

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4.05 avg rating — 430 ratings
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61

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4.42 avg rating — 12 ratings
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62

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3.59 avg rating — 647 ratings
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63

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3.91 avg rating — 124 ratings
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64

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3.49 avg rating — 68 ratings
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65

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3.93 avg rating — 1,752 ratings
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66

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3.62 avg rating — 2,760 ratings
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66

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3.84 avg rating — 24,882 ratings
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68

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3.80 avg rating — 122 ratings
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69

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4.28 avg rating — 32 ratings
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70

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3.71 avg rating — 333 ratings
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71

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3.96 avg rating — 744 ratings
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72

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4.97 avg rating — 40 ratings
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73

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4.09 avg rating — 44 ratings
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74

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3.65 avg rating — 105 ratings
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75

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3.99 avg rating — 104 ratings
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76

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3.60 avg rating — 141 ratings
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76

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4.51 avg rating — 87 ratings
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78

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4.22 avg rating — 106 ratings
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78

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3.47 avg rating — 737 ratings
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80

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3.53 avg rating — 17 ratings
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81

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4.35 avg rating — 105 ratings
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82

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3.82 avg rating — 358 ratings
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82

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4.19 avg rating — 117 ratings
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84

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4.10 avg rating — 98 ratings
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85

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3.73 avg rating — 60 ratings
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86

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3.83 avg rating — 53 ratings
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87

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4.69 avg rating — 55 ratings
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88

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3.90 avg rating — 1,422 ratings
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89

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3.86 avg rating — 168 ratings
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90

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4.27 avg rating — 341 ratings
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91

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3.56 avg rating — 1,585 ratings
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92

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4.52 avg rating — 81 ratings
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93

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4.47 avg rating — 240 ratings
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94

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4.52 avg rating — 88 ratings
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95

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4.68 avg rating — 53 ratings
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96

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3.33 avg rating — 12 ratings
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97

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4.37 avg rating — 158 ratings
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98

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3.88 avg rating — 25 ratings
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98

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3.84 avg rating — 1,913 ratings
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4.31 avg rating — 35 ratings
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1,613 books · 1,737 voters · list created April 29th, 2011 by Coral (votes) .
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message 20: by [deleted user] (new)

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


message 19: by Coral (new)

Coral 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 18: by Coral (new)

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


message 17: by The Pirate Ghost (new)

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 16: by Coral (new)

Coral 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 15: 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 14: by Coral (new)

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


message 13: by Coral (new)

Coral 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 12: by Coral (new)

Coral 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 11: 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 10: by Coral (new)

Coral 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 9: by Coral (new)

Coral 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 8: 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 7: by Charles (last edited Feb 10, 2013 03:25PM) (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 6: by Riley (new)

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


message 5: 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 4: 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 3: 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 2: 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 1: 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.


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