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2013 INDIE BOOK AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group has named the best indie book of 2013

New York, May 28, 2013/PRNewswire/– The books are winners of the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, a non-profit awards program judged by leaders in the indie book publishing industry to identify indie books that deserve to reach a wider audience. Magnificent Redemption was a Finalist in the African American category.

“We like to think of our awards program as the ‘Sundance’ of the book publishing world,” said Catherine Goulet, chair of the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards program.

In an article at CNN.com titled “If it’s cool, creative, and different, it’s indie,” journalist Catherine Andrews wrote: “The term ‘indie’ traditionally refers to independent art—music, film, literature or anything that fits under the broad banner of culture—created outside of the mainstream and without corporate financing.”

Independent book publishing companies are independent of the major conglomerates that dominate the book publishing industry. The indies include small presses, larger independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors.

According to Goulet, “Like other independent artists, many indie book publishers face challenges that the industry giants don’t experience. They typically have to work a lot harder to get their best books into retail stores and ultimately into the hands of readers.

“Authors and publishers who compete in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards are serious about promoting their books,” Goulet added. “They aim to stand out from the crowd of millions of books in print.”

According to Bowker’s Books in Print database, more than four million new titles were published in 2010 (the most recent year for which complete figures are available). Of these, more than 3.8 million were “non-traditionally” published books, including print-on-demand—Magnificent Redemption was published by Amazon.com’s print-on-demand company, CreateSpace—and self-published titles. The number of self-published books produced annually in the U.S. has nearly tripled, growing 287 percent since 2006.

A complete list of 2013 winners and finalists is available at the Next Generation Indie Book Awards website at www.indiebookawards.com.

Contact:  Catherine Goulet, 403.629.0467