Libraries, self publishing

How indie book publishing can make a librarian’s job easier.

This weekend I attended the American Library Association’s annual conference in Washington, DC where I presented a seminar titled The Best Time in History to be an Author on their “Poptop” stage (Poptop  is short for popular topics). It wasn’t as well attended as other seminars I’ve done, but as I spoke with conference attendees, I discovered most librarians  dont’ aspire to publish books themselves; rather they are more interested in the indie book publishing boom because the additional reading choices allow them to build breadth and depth to their collections.  

Librarians find indie book publishing helps them build out a topic area with books that might go unpublished otherwise.

Whereas a book store focuses mostly on “popular” titles, libraries focus on depth and breadth of content. For example, one  librarian was very interested a number of our authors who’ve published books recounting their survival of the Holocaust .
For the most part, these individual stories would be ignored by traditional publishing houses and would never be made available to readers.  The affordability and flexibility of indie book publishing has in recent years, ensured that these important stories are available to future generations.  

One title in particular created interested.  

 Published by iUniverse, The Jew with Iron Cross, details a unique account of a man born with a partial Jewish heritage, but drafted into Hitler’s army. It is worth the read and a story that needs to be told to future generations.