Word Up! has been named a finalist in the e-book nonfiction category in the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Sometimes referred to in the media as “the Sundance of the publishing world,” these awards are judged by “leaders in both the traditional and indie book publishing industries.” Now entering its eighth year, this is the largest not-for-profit awards program honoring independently published books.
Why does this program exist if not for profit? According to this year’s booklet, which the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group distributed at BookExpo America on May 31 at the Javits Center in New York City, here’s why:
The overwhelming number of new books, combined with the millions of titles already in print, makes it difficult for booksellers, librarians, and consumers to identify books that are worth buying and reading—especially when those books are not published by companies with multimillion dollar marketing budgets.
The group defines indies as “small presses, larger independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors” who “are independent of the major conglomerates that dominate the book publishing industry.”
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