Table of Contents

  1. OVERVIEW.. 1

Questions to be Addressed. 2

Perspective. 4

Personal Bias. 4

  1. PUBLISHING MODELS. 11

Traditional Publishers. 11

Vanity Presses. 14

Self-Publishing. 24

Hybrid Publishers?. 32

What about Amazon?. 40

E-book vs. Print; Singles. 43

  1. SCOPE OF SELF-PUBLISHED MARKET. 47

Data We Can Trust. 47

Sloppy Data. 48

Missing ISBNs. 52

Coloring Books. 55

  1. DO PATRONS WANT SELF-PUBLISHED WORKS?. 59

Commercial Sales. 59

Indifference to Publishing Model (Mostly) 62

  1. DO INDIES WANT THEIR BOOKS IN LIBRARIES?. 67

Of Course They Do! 68

Unless They Don’t….. 69

  1. SHOULD LIBRARIES ADD SELF-PUBLISHED WORKS?. 71

Editing/Proofreading Arguments. 72

Serving Locals. 74

Serving Niches. 75

Representing Diversity. 78

Female authors. 79

Young authors. 80

Black audiences. 80

Queer readers & writers. 82

Academic Books. 83

  1. DO LIBRARIES ADD SELF-PUBLISHED BOOKS?. 87

Checking the Catalog. 88

Metadata? What metadata?. 88

What IS a publisher?. 90

Library of Congress?. 92

Library-Facilitated Publication. 97

Librarian-Produced Self-Published Books. 100

  1. LIBRARIAN BIAS. 103

Genuine Issue or Outdated Bias?. 105

Poor quality books?. 105

Rejected books?. 109

The Ivy Analogy. 110

  1. HOW DO LIBRARIANS FIND INDIE WORKS?. 113

Local Author Fairs. 113

Gifts. 114

Book Lists. 117

Reviews. 118

Booklist. 121

Kirkus Indie. 122

School Library Journal. 123

Publisher’s Weekly. 124

Choice. 125

New York Times. 125

Horn Books and VOYA.. 125

Awards. 126

Advertising (Marketing) 129

Platform Marketing. 130

Social Media. 131

  1. PATRON REQUESTS. 135

PDA (DDA) 136

RTL. 139

Requests from Fake Patrons. 141

  1. REVIEWING THE REVIEWS. 143

Amazon Reviews Matter (Beyond Amazon) 145

Biased Reviews. 146

Paid Reviews. 147

Fivvr Test. 148

Predatory Reviews. 154

Review Exchanges. 158

Top Reviewers?. 159

Reviews from REAL Readers?. 162

  1. PURCHASE ACCESS (VENDORS) 165

OverDrive. 168

Smashwords. 169

SELF-e. 171

The Amazon Effect. 174

File Format. 179

  1. TECHNICAL SERVICES. 183

Cataloging. 184

Lack of MARC/RDA records. 184

Lack of skilled catalogers. 188

Bibliographic control. 189

Physical Processing. 193

  1. THE FUTURE. 197

Future of Traditional Publishers?. 197

Future of Self-Publishing?. 200

Coalescing Platforms?. 203

The Future of Self-Publishing and Libraries. 205

  1. RECAP. 209

Next Steps for Self-Publishers. 209

Next Steps for Librarians. 210

APPENDIX A SOCIAL MEDIA INQUIRIES. 213

Questions to Librarians. 214

Questions to Authors. 215

GLOSSARY. 217

WORKS CITED. 235

ABOUT THE AUTHOR. 257