Another website has opened up, to give self-published authors more visibility: IndieReader.com. Read the article here in the Christian Science Monitor. IndieReader.com describes itself as being “For self-published and print-on-demand books and the readers who love them.” Founder Amy Holman Edelman proposes to do for self-published books what Sundance has done for independent films. For an annual fee of $149, IndieReader.com will “promote, market and sell your book” on its website, if they deem your book to have met “certain standards of quality, both in terms of basic spelling and grammatical errors and content. All books must be well written and offer something of value to our customers.” Be sure to always read the fine print when $$ is involved. From the IndieReader.com Terms of Service:
2. Annual Fees and Costs. a. The fee for inclusion on the website is $149.00 per year, regardless of the number of books that each author features on the IR site. The fee for submitting the first book is included in the annual fee, however, there will be a submission fee of $25 for each book after the first. b. This fee is NON-REFUNDABLE.
IndieReader.com is a business and as such should charge fees, and it should reserve its right to reject books that don’t meet its standards. Yes, that makes it sound more like traditional publishing with all its gatekeepers, but IndieReader.com holds the promise of access to good writing, regardless of the author’s name recognition.