Best Indie Books/Authors

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102

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3.47 avg rating — 1,412 ratings
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103

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4.36 avg rating — 66 ratings
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103

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3.91 avg rating — 229 ratings
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105

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3.69 avg rating — 293 ratings
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106

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4.81 avg rating — 126 ratings
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107

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4.43 avg rating — 56 ratings
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108

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3.88 avg rating — 1,961 ratings
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109

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4.67 avg rating — 12 ratings
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110

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4.25 avg rating — 649 ratings
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111

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4.75 avg rating — 24 ratings
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112

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4.92 avg rating — 12 ratings
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113

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4.71 avg rating — 17 ratings
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114

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4.18 avg rating — 177 ratings
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114

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3.98 avg rating — 1,878 ratings
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116

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4.71 avg rating — 84 ratings
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117

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4.63 avg rating — 167 ratings
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118

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3.93 avg rating — 690 ratings
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119

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4.47 avg rating — 103 ratings
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120

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4.47 avg rating — 59 ratings
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121

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4.81 avg rating — 52 ratings
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122

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3.78 avg rating — 554 ratings
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123

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124

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4.83 avg rating — 139 ratings
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125

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3.72 avg rating — 8,286 ratings
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126

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3.42 avg rating — 154 ratings
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126

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4.11 avg rating — 3,459 ratings
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128

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4.23 avg rating — 70 ratings
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129

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4.17 avg rating — 181 ratings
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130

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3.66 avg rating — 5,540 ratings
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131

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3.93 avg rating — 6,530 ratings
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131

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3.62 avg rating — 2,054 ratings
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133

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3.80 avg rating — 1,490 ratings
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134

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4.64 avg rating — 45 ratings
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135

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3.78 avg rating — 3,042 ratings
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136

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3.55 avg rating — 22 ratings
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137

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3.72 avg rating — 485 ratings
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138

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3.70 avg rating — 2,456 ratings
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139

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4.10 avg rating — 6,159 ratings
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139

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4.60 avg rating — 214 ratings
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141

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3.82 avg rating — 51 ratings
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142

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4.56 avg rating — 233 ratings
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143

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4.53 avg rating — 291 ratings
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144

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3.86 avg rating — 3,165 ratings
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145

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3.33 avg rating — 574 ratings
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146

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3.35 avg rating — 607 ratings
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147

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4.29 avg rating — 24 ratings
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148

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3.10 avg rating — 312 ratings
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149

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3.68 avg rating — 263 ratings
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150

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3.66 avg rating — 142 ratings
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151

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4.16 avg rating — 102 ratings
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152

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3.98 avg rating — 2,685 ratings
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152

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3.82 avg rating — 22 ratings
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152

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4.04 avg rating — 165 ratings
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155

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4.04 avg rating — 28 ratings
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155

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4.80 avg rating — 15 ratings
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157

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4.70 avg rating — 43 ratings
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158

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4.55 avg rating — 83 ratings
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159

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3.61 avg rating — 1,814 ratings
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160

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4.17 avg rating — 52 ratings
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161

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3.86 avg rating — 21 ratings
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162

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3.90 avg rating — 101 ratings
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162

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4.14 avg rating — 117 ratings
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162

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3.78 avg rating — 36 ratings
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165

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4.03 avg rating — 70 ratings
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165

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3.95 avg rating — 80 ratings
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167

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3.92 avg rating — 2,067 ratings
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168

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3.62 avg rating — 290 ratings
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169

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3.55 avg rating — 1,143 ratings
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169

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3.74 avg rating — 2,227 ratings
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171

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4.22 avg rating — 1,081 ratings
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172

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4.14 avg rating — 102 ratings
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173

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4.69 avg rating — 36 ratings
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174

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3.29 avg rating — 1,262 ratings
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175

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3.74 avg rating — 19 ratings
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175

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3.35 avg rating — 199 ratings
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177

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3.15 avg rating — 71 ratings
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178

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4.91 avg rating — 32 ratings
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179

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3.83 avg rating — 135 ratings
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179

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3.77 avg rating — 168 ratings
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181

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4.27 avg rating — 22 ratings
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182

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3.76 avg rating — 1,360 ratings
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182

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3.79 avg rating — 1,088 ratings
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184

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4.53 avg rating — 81 ratings
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185

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3.94 avg rating — 241,472 ratings
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185

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3.82 avg rating — 318 ratings
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185

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4.42 avg rating — 55 ratings
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188

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4.57 avg rating — 65 ratings
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189

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3.85 avg rating — 6,381 ratings
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190

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3.72 avg rating — 89 ratings
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191

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3.81 avg rating — 2,828 ratings
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192

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3.45 avg rating — 74 ratings
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193

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4.63 avg rating — 52 ratings
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194

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3.80 avg rating — 2,601 ratings
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195

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3.64 avg rating — 261 ratings
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196

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4.21 avg rating — 75 ratings
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197

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3.35 avg rating — 240 ratings
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198

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3.96 avg rating — 166 ratings
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199

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3.80 avg rating — 11,604 ratings
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200

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4.75 avg rating — 40 ratings
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1,619 books · 1,741 voters · list created April 29th, 2011 by Coral (votes) .
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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 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 3: by Coral (new)

Coral 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 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 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 Coral (new)

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


message 8: 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 9: 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 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 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 12: 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 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 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 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.


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