11 Reasons You Should Read Indie Books

Among the greatest pleasures of reading books is being able to discover new authors whose work will surprisingly blow your mind. Reading books can tremendously help in improving your life. It is fun, helps you to exercise your brain, shape your personality, build relationships, increase your knowledge and concentration in addition to improving your analytical skills.

Indie books are books that are written by independent authors who don’t have any separate publisher involved. An indie author usually retains all their work’s rights. They do everything by themselves including the marketing that is essential. He or she pays the bills and is paid by distributors’ such as Amazon and Smash-words directly.

There are numerous reasons why we should read books, especially indie books. Here are some of the reasons why you should read Indie books in particular.

Something different

Something different

Indie books offer something out of the ordinary for you to read. Something that’s different from what the traditional writers publish. In most instances, traditional writers don’t like to have something that they consider too different or unusual published. With indie books, you will get unlimited types of ideas and stories. Many indie books fill the need for niche audiences or for rather useful nonfiction topics that traditional publishers usually wouldn’t invest their time or money in.

Read books by passionate writers

Read books by passionate writers

Independently published books are written by creative writers whose sole drive and motivation is to write. Simply put, it is their passion. They have the freedom to write about anything since they don’t have to follow any business model for their books to get published.

It is a personal experience

It is a personal experience

Self-published books offer a much more personalized experience. Usually, independent writers sell a large number of their books through their personal marketing efforts. For this reason, many readers get a chance to meet and interact with authors. Anyone is much more likely to actually know a self-published writer than the traditional writers. It is undoubtedly an amazing experience to read books by authors that you already know and who you can meet

Hidden Gems

Hidden Gems

Make your family and friends envious by being the first one among them to discover these amazing books. By reading indie books, you will be able enjoy the stories, to bring something new into conversations and introduce something different and fun to people you care about.

Indie books are more available

Indie books are more available

Indie authors typically finish the manuscript then wait for responses from their peers, revise it and finally send it their copy editor. This process cuts out agents, the busy publishing supervisors, marketing team and the amount of time you will need to wait for the books to be released. With Indie books, you will not have to wait too long to find out about what will happen next in your favorite series.

Creating more work opportunities for freelancers

Creating more work opportunities for freelancers

Every writer’s dream is for their books to be perfectly polished inside and out. Consequently, many indie authors hire freelance graphic designers, reviewers and copy editors to help them. Therefore, by purchasing and reading an indie book, you will also be supporting many people in different fields not just big publishing houses.

Indie stories are exactly as they were intended

Indie stories are exactly as they were intended

Traditional publishing companies usually aim to fill specific niches. They purchase the right of the story and can make whichever changes they see fit to the characters or plot. Indie books don’t have such unwanted influences and they offer the ultimate organic reading experience.

Grab a Bargain

Grab a Bargain

A great number of Indie authors participate in regular giveaways and sales of their books as a means of promoting their work. You can therefore easily get some really good bargains. Just sign up to the mailing lists of your favorite author’s newsletters and promotional sites to be notified about their upcoming deals.

Invest in a unique piece of art

Invest in a unique piece of art

Writing is essentially an art. Indie books are works of art that usually require the author’s blood, sweat and tears, literally. Independently written stories aren’t changed for convenience to the general public. They are original, truthful, unique and intriguing.

Build relationships with the authors

Build relationships with the authors

Indie authors love to hear from their fans. You can contact them directly and get a reply from the author himself since they dedicate their time to their readers. In most cases, independent writers tend to cultivate relationships with their readers. They appreciate the feedback or constructive criticism. If you are lucky, they can even hire you as their beta reader and offer you an advance copy of the latest work in return for your opinion.

Support the writers

Support the writers

Independent authors need your support. Buying and reading indie boos helps the up and coming writers to break in. The books are cheap and much more easily available than ever before. The rise of self-publishing and ebooks has quickly become a revolution by the people of the world of books. There are so many books by self-published authors and consequently, much more competition. This means that the quality of writing, stories and covers continues to improve. For every Indie book that you buy, you play a major role in helping that specific author to get closer to their book finally reaching a rather critical mass. The book will then be able to sell by itself with the help of word of mouth and online reviews.

There are many successful Indie books that have so far become best sellers. For instance, Hugh Howey in 2011 self-published the first parts of his Wool series that was sold on Amazon. The following year, he released another part (the Wool Omnibus) which spent up to two weeks on the prestigious bestseller list for the New York Times eBook fiction. Another best seller is Choose Yourself by James Altucher. This book did exemplary well and sold forty four thousand two hundred and ninety four copies in the first month of its release. It debuted at number one on the top non-fiction list on Amazon and is also a ‘Wall Street Journal’ bestseller. This goes to show that there are amazing Indie books out there and a lot of success can be achieved by indie authors.

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