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Highest ever entries for the indie crown

The Bookseller – 2012-02-10

The Bookseller has received a record number of entries for its Independent Bookseller of the Year...

African-American Indie Bookstores: Hanging Tough

Publishers Weekly – 2012-01-20

In business for a total of 122 years, four well-known African-American–owned bookstores—Eso Won (22 years); Hue-Man (10 years); Marcus Book Stores (52 years); and the Shrine of the Black Madonna...

Indie publishers enjoy 'strong' Christmas

The Bookseller – 2012-01-16

Independent publishers have reported a stronger Christmas than in 2010, with Waterstones showing...

Sherborne start for Winstone indie venture

The Bookseller – 2012-01-13

Wayne Winstone, former head of children's books for Ottakar's and Waterstones and...

Search for Britain's best indie bookshop begins

The Bookseller – 2012-01-06

The first category of this year's Bookseller Industry Awards opens next week, with...

Guardian launches indie guide

The Bookseller – 2011-09-29

Written By: Charlotte Williams Publication Date: Thu, 29/09/2011 - 13:55 A guide to independent bookshops will be given away in this Saturday's Guardian [1st October], with more than 350 indies...

Indie Alliance sets up loyalty card scheme

The Bookseller – 2011-09-23

Written By: Charlotte Williams Publication Date: Fri, 23/09/2011 - 09:00 The Independent Alliance has launched a nationwide loyalty card scheme for independent bookshops, with 114 indies signed up...

White Horse wins Vintage indie prize

The Bookseller – 2011-09-23

Written By: Charlotte Williams Publication Date: Fri, 23/09/2011 - 08:40 The White Horse Bookshop in Marlborough, Wiltshire, has been named Vintage Independent Bookshop of the Year, with two London...

French publishers back indie booksellers

The Bookseller – 2011-09-06

Written By: Barbara Casassus Publication Date: Tue, 06/09/2011 - 08:55 Two French publishers have launched a public call to arms to defend independent booksellers, which continue to suffer from...

Pritchard's fourth indie in a week to close

The Bookseller – 2011-08-25

Written By: Lisa Campbell Publication Date: Thu, 25/08/2011 - 07:40 Pritchard's Bookshop has become the fourth independent this week to announce its closure, shutting its doors for the last time...

Waterstone's Kennedy buys indie in Ealing

The Bookseller – 2011-08-25

Written By: Lisa Campbell Publication Date: Thu, 25/08/2011 - 14:30 Former Waterstone’s head of range Fiona Kennedy has set up a bookshop in Ealing in west London after a “serendipity moment”...

Derwent Bookshop latest indie to shut

The Bookseller – 2011-08-24

Written By: Lisa Campbell Publication Date: Wed, 24/08/2011 - 08:53 Derwent Bookshop in Cumbria has become the latest independent bookshop to signal its closure, blaming competition from other...

High street "a goner" says Cumbrian indie owner

The Bookseller – 2011-08-24

Written By: Lisa Campbell Publication Date: Wed, 24/08/2011 - 15:16 The owner of Derwent Bookshop has declared the British high street “a goner” as the only bookshop in Workington is forced to...

Indie opened by A A Milne's son to close after 60 years

The Bookseller – 2011-08-18

Written By: Lisa Campbell Publication Date: Thu, 18/08/2011 - 12:15 A Dartmouth bookshop opened by the son of Winnie-the-Pooh author A A Milne is closing down after 60 years. The Harbour Bookshop...

Indie publishers ready digital editions and reprints after Booker fillip

The Bookseller – 2011-07-27

Written By: Charlotte Williams Publication Date: Wed, 27/07/2011 - 09:10 The smaller publishers whose titles have been selected for the Man Booker longlist, including Seren Books, Sandstone Press...

New indie signs five

The Bookseller – 2011-07-26

Written By: Charlotte Williams Publication Date: Tue, 26/07/2011 - 08:00 New publishing house Rickshaw Publishing has signed up a further five authors, having announced its launch list of three...

Recession to blame for closure of Scottish indie

The Bookseller – 2011-07-06

Written By: Lisa Campbell Publication Date: Wed, 06/07/2011 - 07:53 An independent bookshop in the Scottish Borders has said it will close, blaming the recession and the strain on customers’...

Social enterprise group buys Garforth indie

The Bookseller – 2011-06-22

Written By: Lisa Campbell Publication Date: Wed, 22/06/2011 - 09:14 A social enterprise group has bought a struggling bookshop in a bid to support community spirit and help prevent loneliness. The...

Edinburgh indie proposes World Book Night alternative

The Bookseller – 2011-05-31

Written By: Lisa Campbell Publication Date: Tue, 31/05/2011 - 16:21 An Edinburgh independent has proposed an alternative to World Book Night next year, where readers buy tickets to attend book swap...

Isle of Mull indie closes doors for last time

The Bookseller – 2011-05-18

Written By: Lisa Campbell Publication Date: Wed, 18/05/2011 - 07:45 An independent bookshop on the remote Scottish Isle of Mull has closed its doors after 40 years. Coffee and Books in Dervaig, on...

French indie portal launches

The Bookseller – 2011-03-29

Written By: Barbara Casassus Publication Date: Tue, 29/03/2011 - 08:20 The French internet portal for independent booksellers,, will finally be launched on 4th April after several...

Five-figure deal to indie Inside Pocket

The Bookseller – 2011-03-18

Publication Date: Fri, 18/03/2011 - 10:17 Independent children's publisher Inside Pocket has signed a five-figure four-book deal with Roald Dahl Funny Prize-winner Ursula Jones. Director of Inside...

Gardners Hive responds to feedback with indie offer

The Bookseller – 2011-03-16

Written By: Lisa Campbell Publication Date: Wed, 16/03/2011 - 09:08 Indie retailers across the country have been issued with the final proposals for and are considering whether to sign...

Revived indie sees £600k sales

The Bookseller – 2011-03-14

Written By: Lisa Campbell Publication Date: Mon, 14/03/2011 - 15:55 The revived independent retailer Watkins Books has achieved £600,000 in revenue in the first 12 months of business. American...

Continuum crowned indie publisher of the year

The Bookseller – 2011-03-11

Written By: Graeme Neill Publication Date: Fri, 11/03/2011 - 09:04 Continuum has been crowned the Independent Publishers Guild's Independent Publisher of the Year at the IPG awards, in a night when...

Record entries for indie award

The Bookseller – 2011-02-25

Written By: Graeme Neill Publication Date: Fri, 25/02/2011 - 08:35 The Bookseller has received a record number of entries to its Best Independent of the Year Award, sponsored by Gardners. More than...

Daily Telegraph votes The Book Hive best indie in Britain

The Bookseller – 2011-02-15

Written By: Bookseller Staff Publication Date: Tue, 15/02/2011 - 08:49 The Book Hive in Norwich has been voted the best bookshop in Britain, according to a Daily Telegraph survey. More than 18,000...

Indie booksellers cool on WBD flip-books

The Bookseller – 2010-12-16

Independent booksellers have given reluctant...

Vintage plans annual indie bookshop award

The Bookseller – 2010-12-15

Vintage Books is launching an annual award...

Indie Mag Venus Zine Relaunches

Folio Mag – 2010-04-02

Music magazines have, probably more than any other category, a particularly strong DIY heritage, often growing up from crude, but passionate, homemade zines.

News: Apple signs indie publisher Perseus to e-books deal

iLounge – 2010-03-22

Perseus Books Group, the largest distributor of independent publishers, has signed a deal with Apple to offer its books on Apple’s upcoming iBookstore. The New York Times reports that Perseus is a...

Indie Bookseller Rallying Support for Macmillan

Publishers Wekly – 2010-01-30

Matt Norcross of McLean and Eakin Booksellers wants indie booksellers to feature Macmillan titles on their Web sites in a move to show support for the publisher.

Canada's Largest Indie Retailer Enters Bankruptcy Protection

Publishers Wekly – 2009-12-31

McNally Robinson Booksellers, Canada's largest independent bookseller, filed for bankruptcy, closing two of its four stores.

Indie Bookseller Cancels Ayers/Dohrn Event

Publishers Wekly – 2009-04-02

Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, Ill., canceled an author event scheduled for April 8 with 1960’s husband-and-wife radicals William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, promoting their book Race Course:...

Departure of Taylor Worries Indie Press Community

Publishers Wekly – 2009-02-05

Karin Taylor, executive director of the nonprofit New York Center for Independent Publishing, was laid off last week raising concerns about the future of the center.

Autopsy of an Indie Bookseller

BusinessWeek Online – 2009-01-15

BusinessWeek Online - For decades, Cody's Books was a Berkeley (Calif.) institution with an international reputation as a modern-day agora. From the start, the independent bookstore was about more...

Editor keeps indie magazine growing

Louisville Courier-Journal – 2008-10-13

Hillary Harrison and her brother were bored one day in 1999, so they decided to start a magazine. Ten years later, even as today's would-be media moguls head to the Web, her Louisville-based...

An Indie Hits Back at Globe's Amazon Exclusive

Publishers Wekly – 2008-09-11

Although Globe Pequot Press president and publisher Scott Watrous told PW yesterday that he did not think other accounts would react negatively, there has been at least a mild reaction to the...

Judges revealed for Vintage indie award

The Bookseller – 2012-02-16

The judges been revealed for the Vintage Independent Bookshop of the Year Award, which is to...

New indie presses plan bold bespoke lists

The Bookseller – 2012-02-17

A central and eastern European specialist, an illustrated publishing-led list and a house...

BA aims to kick-start indie e-book sales

The Bookseller – 2012-03-01

The Booksellers Association is in “advanced” talks with two companies over an e-book...

Banned novel makes Indie Foreign Fiction Prize longlist

The Bookseller – 2012-03-08

A novel banned by the Chinese government has made the longlist for the Independent Foreign...

DRM is crushing indie booksellers online

GigaOM – 2012-04-06

By requiring retailers to encrypt e-books with DRM, big publishers are essentially banning online indie bookstores and increasing their own dependence on the whims of Apple and Amazon. Emily Gould...

An indie bookstore 'saved by a tweet'

The Christian Science Monitor – 2012-05-11

Broadway Books in Portland, Oregon, saved from shutting its doors when the owner's son tweeted a plea to help save it, is now celebrating its 20th birthday.

Octogenarian wins Indie Foreign Fiction Prize

The Bookseller – 2012-05-15

Octogenarian Israeli author Aharon Appelfeld has won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for...

Indie bookstores embrace instant publishing machine

CBC – 2012-06-11

Self-publishing and recreating out-of-print books has been made easier since the debut of the Espresso Book Machine by On Demand Books, even turning some local works into bestsellers.

Indie booksellers object to U.S. e-books deal

Reuters – 2012-06-15

(Reuters) - The American Booksellers Association, which represents U.S. independent bookstores, has objected to the U.S. government's proposed settlement of its price-fixing lawsuit against top...

BA backs indie's high street shopping campaign

The Bookseller – 2012-08-17

An independent bookseller who launched a campaign to encourage more people to shop on their high...

Kobo signs deal to sell through U.S. indie bookstores

CBC – 2012-08-30

Kobo has signed a new partnership with U.S. independent booksellers will give loyal indie customers the option of digital reading, while continuing to support their local bookstore.

ReKiosk Tries an Indie Online Sales Model

Publishers Weekly – 2012-09-07

Aziz Isham did not intend to get into retailing. Instead, ReKiosk, the online storefront he cofounded that started up last week—it currently offers only music and books—came out of conversations...

Anobii puts back indie affiliation scheme

The Bookseller – 2012-09-13

Anobii has postponed until 2013 an affiliation scheme it devised to enable independent...

Booker shines spotlight on indie publishers

BBC – 2012-09-19

Booker novel shines spotlight on indie publishing

How to Promote Your Book Like an Indie Rock Star

Media Bistro – 2012-10-05

In this encore edition of the Morning Media Menu, we spoke with indie rock singer and author Alina Simone. Simone talked about her memoir, You Must Go and Win. She also shared book promotion tips...

Indiebound creates indie recommendation site

The Bookseller – 2012-10-17

The Booksellers Association’s IndieBound scheme is creating a consumer-facing website of...

Winterson memoir bags indie booksellers prize

The Bookseller – 2012-10-30

Members of the public have voted Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson (...

Horologicon tops indie Christmas tips

The Bookseller – 2012-11-20

Mark Forsyth’s follow-up to last Christmas’ runaway hit The Etymologicon has been...

Happy holidays for indie bookstores – but not for Barnes

The Christian Science Monitor – 2013-01-04

Barnes & Noble reported disappointing holiday sales numbers while, in contrast, some independent bookstores said they had their best month ever.

Amazon tax fallout boosts indie Christmas sales

The Bookseller – 2013-01-07

The majority of independent booksellers saw a Christmas sales rise in 2012, with fall-out from...

Indie bookstores report strong sales for 2012

The Christian Science Monitor – 2013-01-12

Sales at independent bookstores rose almost 8 percent during the year, according to data from about 500 stores.

Triple whammy forces indie bookshops to close

The Bookseller – 2013-02-08

A number of independent bookshops are to close in the first quarter of 2013 ahead of the business...

Indie Reps: Changing with the Times

Publishers Weekly – 2013-02-08

The fate of the independent sales representative may be inextricably linked to that of the independent bookstore.

Indie bookstores sue Amazon, big-6 publishers for using DRM to create monopoly on ebooks

GigaOM – 2013-02-21

Three independent bookstores have filed a class action suit against Amazon the big-six publishers, alleging that the proprietary DRM Amazon uses on ebooks creates a monopoly.

Indie booksellers in anti-trust dream over Kindle

Crains New York – 2013-02-22

In a legal motion that brings to mind Sancho Panza and Don Quixote, three independent bookstores, including tiny Posman Books in Grand Central, have filed a class action suit charging and...

Three indie bookstores file lawsuit against Amazon and Big Six publishers

The Christian Science Monitor – 2013-02-22

The stores charge that secret agreements made between the publishers and Amazon give Amazon the advantage in selling e-books, but some industry observers find flaws in their logic.

Indie bookshop numbers fall

The Bookseller – 2013-02-22

The total number of independent bookshops on the high street has declined for a sixth consecutive...

A Global Digital Marketplace for Prestige Indie Print

Publishing Perspectives – 2013-03-12

Print remains prestigious in the boutique realms of independent magazines, zines and comics. Berlin's Anikibo promises to offer the best indie magazine selection — online.

PopCap's Bejeweled Blitz Producer Leaves for Indie-Focused Studio

AllThingsD – 2013-03-21

Add one more name -- Giordano "Gio "Contestabile -- to that list of ex-EA folks now at mobile indie game publisher Tilting Point.

US indie Melville House to open British branch

The Bookseller – 2013-03-21

US independent publisher Melville House is to open a London office with the aim of forming a...

Short Books + Fast Books (and Diet) = Indie Publishing Success

Publishing Perspectives – 2013-03-22

With The Fast Diet, UK publisher Short Books has the biggest hit in its history. Co-founder Rebecca Nicolson reflects on why, and the role of independent publishers today.

Amazon and US publishers dismiss indie DRM lawsuit

The Bookseller – 2013-04-03

Amazon and six US publishers have asked a US court to dismiss a lawsuit by three American...

Indie publisher staff see pay and benefits rise

The Bookseller – 2013-04-15

Staff at independent publishers have seen increases in pay and benefits over the last three years...

Indie Alliance creates Independents Day

The Bookseller – 2013-04-17

The Independent Alliance consortium of UK publishers is partnering with the ICA to launch a one-...

Philipp Meyer's 'The Son' gets strong support from indie bookstores

The Washington Post – 2013-06-03

Baltimore native Philipp Meyer is enjoying a very good spring. The young writer has just published his second novel, "The Son," to rave reviews in The Washington Post and elsewhere. Texas Monthly...

Indie publishers debate Amazon and IP

The Bookseller – 2013-06-07

  The dominance of Amazon and the importance of copyright were two key themes of...

Xbox One retail consoles double as debug units, Microsoft to allow indie self-publishing (update)

Engadget – 2013-07-25

Microsoft's Xbox One is getting decidedly more indie-friendly with today's confirmation from Microsoft that its forthcoming game console will double as a developer debug unit. In so many words, each...

Xbox One to allow indie games makers

BBC World – 2013-07-25

Microsoft is to allow independent games developers to self-publish on its Xbox One games console, in a reversal of its previous policy.

Indie bookstore owners throw the book at President Obama

The Washington Post – 2013-07-31

President Obama likened Amazon to Santa Claus in a speech on Tuesday about creating more middle-class jobs. "Last year, during the busiest day of the Christmas rush, customers around the world...

Amazon jobs are 'a great example of what's possible,' says Obama as more indie booksellers object

The Christian Science Monitor – 2013-08-01

President Obama appeared as scheduled at a Chattanooga, Tenn., Amazon warehouse and praised the business, causing even more independent booksellers to express their displeasure with his endorsement.

Indie Bookstores Thrive on Kickstarter

The Atlantic Wire – 2013-08-12

Independent bookstores have jumped on the crowdfunding bandwagon. In an effort to stay solvent amid competition from Amazon and Barnes & Noble, shops like Books of Wonder in Manhattan have used...

Amazon lockers blamed in indie closure

The Bookseller – 2013-08-16

Two bookshops have announced they are due to close this summer due to rising competition from the...

Xbox One courts indie developers

BBC World – 2013-08-20

Microsoft is to give away free Xbox One development kits to encourage independent developers to self-publish games for its forthcoming console.

Xbox One indie program will support free-to-play games, microtransactions

Engadget – 2013-09-02

Looking into Microsoft's ID@Xbox program for independent developers? You'll be happy to hear that the company won't be placing any restrictions on your desired distribution model. Speaking to Joystiq...

Sherman Alexie to authors: Work at an indie bookstore on Small Business Saturday

The Christian Science Monitor – 2013-09-06

Alexie, author of books including 'The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,' wrote a letter urging his fellow writers to handsell their books on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. 'The most...

What Do Authors Owe to Indie Booksellers?

Publishing Perspectives – 2013-09-06

Sherman Alexie is encouraging authors to spend a day working in a bookstore handselling their own books, but some authors already feel overstretched.

James Patterson To Donate $1 Million To Indie Bookstores (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post – 2013-09-16

James Patterson said on "CBS This Morning" that he intended to help children become better readers. His announcement comes at a time when one in every seven American adults reads below a fifth grade...

National Book Awards YA Longlist Goes Indie

The Atlantic Wire – 2013-09-16

After shuffling up its usual nominating process, the National Book Foundation has announced the very first long-list of finalists for the National Book Awards.    

James Patterson will donate $1 million to indie bookstores

The Christian Science Monitor – 2013-09-18

Patterson says a bookstore will need to be 'viable' and have a kids' section to qualify for a donation.

Indie Rockers Collaborate On Album Tribute To Jack Kerouac

The Huffington Post – 2013-09-19

NEW YORK — Several indie rockers have collaborated on a disc that pays tribute to a Jack Kerouac novel – and it's not "On the Road." The album, which features artists like The Low...

Is having a strong children's section a secret to success for indie bookstores?

The Christian Science Monitor – 2013-09-25

An informal survey recently carried out by Publishers Weekly found that most stores where children's books had a strong presence are doing well financially.

All-indie shortlist for Dylan Thomas Prize

The Bookseller – 2013-10-07

The shortlist for the £30,000 Dylan Thomas Prize has been announced, with all of the...

Supporting the Indie Wave

Publishers Weekly – 2013-10-13

In mid-September, James Patterson caught booksellers’ attention with something other than his latest bestseller, when he appeared on CBS This Morning and announced that he would give $1 million...

Amazon's Source program invites indie stores to sell Kindles

The Christian Science Monitor – 2013-11-08

Amazon's new program invites indies to sell Kindles and receive a commission from e-books bought by their customers (if the store is eligible). Many stores are unimpressed, with one bookstore worker...

Getting Kindles into Indie Bookstores Isn’t Going to Be Easy

Publishing Perspectives – 2013-11-08

Amazon is offering independent bookstores Kindles to sell and a commission on ebook sales, but most have rejected the proposal as bad business and "a lie."

Indie booksellers pick Christmas 'top 10'

The Bookseller – 2013-11-12

Independent booksellers have chosen the 10 "less ordinary" books they think will become...

Fans Spend $150K to Help Save a Beloved Indie Comic Publisher

Wired – 2013-11-13

Put in a financial bind after the passing of one of its founding partners, comics publisher Fantagraphics Books turned to Kickstarter to raise $150,000 to fund an entire season of books -- and got...

Eyeing Indie Presses for The Next Great Thing

Publishers Weekly – 2013-11-16

Last fall, Timothy O’Connell, an editor at Vintage, noticed a starred PW review of The Natural Order of Things by Kevin P. Keating.

Chicago's Best Indie Bookstores For Buying Books By Local Authors

The Huffington Post – 2013-11-27

Chicago has a grand literary tradition that can lay claim to greats like Nelson Algren, Studs Terkel, Gwendolyn Brooks and Saul Bellow, so it's only natural that the city rocks an impressive array of...

'Cider Monday' catches on with indie booksellers

The Christian Science Monitor – 2013-12-03

After the staff at New Hampshire bookstores proposed 'Cider Monday' as a holiday to celebrate on America's Cyber Monday, the idea caught on with other indie sellers.

Amazon reveals quarter of Kindle ebook sales in US were for indie publishers

The Guardian – 2013-12-05

Figures from world's biggest bookseller trumpeted as sign of how self-publishing and smaller labels are changing the industryAs many as a quarter of the top 100 Kindle books on are from...

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