Here at Daily Grommet we get to meet and form relationships with many smart, innovative change makers – in that regard, Amy and Claire from www.indiereader.com do not disappoint. While speaking with Amy and Claire (founders of IndieReader, website featuring books published by distinguished indie authors), it became clear that they are passionate about what they are doing. They shared with us their mission to bring their community a unique collection of books that have been published and produced by the people who actually wrote them. These books are submitted by the authors themselves or by the readers who have loved them. In short, they had us at “Hello.”
Amy and Claire work tirelessly at providing a venue in which you can find and purchase books that are promised to be quite different than other book stores (both online or brick-n-mortar). They think of these books, curated and loved by its author, to be like handmade goods. They are produced in small numbers, instead of the mass-marketed stuff you'd find at a super book store. Plus, every book on the IndieReader site is reviewed prior to acceptance, guaranteeing that you'll find the "cream-of-the-indie crop".
If you have never given a lot of thought to the process in which books are published, you might be wondering “why is this so important?” Amy and Claire explain:
“…today more than ever, almost everything we produce gets co-opted by corporate culture, turned into a business model, reformulated and churned out like soap with the simple intent to appeal to as many people as possible. In a world where almost everything is packaged by committee, IndieReader offers you books with a single voice: the writer's own.” They point out that “With today's technology, writers are able to take back their ability to create – and share their creations – without getting someone else's permission.”
In addition to giving authors a platform to share their craft, IndieReader also offers a very eco-conscious way to purchase books. Traditional publishers print and over-stock mass amounts of books. Indie Reader on the other hand, prints via On Demand Technology meaning the books aren’t made until after they have actually been sold.
While speaking with Amy and Claire it became obvious that they are not saying indie published books are better than those traditionally published. They are just pointing out that indie books are well … different. They are leaving it up to you to decide what to read (hence their tagline: "Read What You Want"). They note:
Here at IndieReader, we think that people can decide for themselves (what to read), and don't need the big publishing houses to tell them what they should like.
We encourage you to browse the virtual book shelves at Indie Reader. In fact, if you come back here and leave a comment sharing a title that you would like to read, we will enter you in a drawing for a book of your choice.
General contest rules: To enter, you must be a U. S. or Canadian resident, and at least 18 years of age and you must leave a comment or question on today’s post. No purchase necessary. The winner will be randomly selected and will receive a copy of all four books above. Employees, contractors, and the families of employees and contractors of Daily Grommet, Inc. are not eligible to enter. You are not eligible to win if you have received a prize or giveaway from Daily Grommet in the last six months. Void where prohibited. Contest will run from 8:00 am PST August 9, 2010 through 10:00 pm PST August 10, 2010.