After winning the 2018 Virginia Author Project contest and 2019 Indie Author of the Year award, author Ran Walker was feeling the immense support from public libraries in his indie author career. With that in mind, he decided to make his latest eBook, Portable Black Magic, available exclusively to public libraries through the Indie Author Project Select Collection.
Public libraries, now more than ever, are burdened with eBook lending and licensing models that punish them for succeeding in getting people to read eBooks. The Indie Author Project (IAP) is aiming to change this by making its Indie Author Project Select Collection available in a new and sustainable eBook lending model on platforms like OverDrive, DPLA Exchange/SimplyE, and cloudLibrary. IAP Select features award-winning indie titles from across the world that are hand-selected by curation partners like Library Journal and the Black Caucus of the ALA (BCALA), along with a network of hundreds of librarians participating in the IAP’s regional indie eBook contests.
With its unlimited, simultaneous use indie eBooks drastically lowering cost per circulation numbers for libraries of all sizes, and its royalty-paying program benefitting the participating authors, the IAP Select Collection is just the latest development in the transformation of deeper mainstream public library involvement in the indie book world.
Interested in bringing Indie Author Project Select to your library? You can now find the collection in your marketplace on OverDrive, DPLA/SimplyE, and cloudLibrary— with more platforms to come.
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