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The Best Self-Published Books of 2016

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Our top reviewed books of 2016 compiled for your reading pleasure!
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What It Takes to Open a Bookstore

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Researchers Explain Why We Love Harry Potter, First Mad Scientist Science Fiction Writing Contest. Why Costco is the best bookstore in the world + more in this week's round-up
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Are you an Apple fanatic who needs a new and pointless way to throw money at the company?

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Apple's (self-pubbed) $300 book contains 450 photos of Apple products
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(Trad) Publishing seeks to address industry’s lack of diversity (again)

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Comic Arts Brooklyn 2016, Do We Really Need to Innovate the Reading Experience?, New Start-Up Leafless launches + more in this week's round-up
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Mark Zuckerberg's Sister Self-Pubbed a New Election Book

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Missy President, a children's book about a fourth-grade girl whose homework assignment about the 2016 presidential election goes viral.
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Once Taboo, Gay Characters Are Taking Over YA Fiction

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NaNoWriMo news, Scribd Adds Magazines + News to Subscription Service, Why Most Amazon Reader Reviews are Worthless + more in this week's round-up.
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How to Succeed in the Book Business the Trump Way

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Mobile phones + unused storytelling potential, Audiobooks as art form, New Lit Prize for Nonexistent Book + more in this week's round-up.
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"Hollywood Dirt": The Movie

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Following in the footsteps of other indies-turned- movies "Hollywood Dirt", the indie bestseller has been green-lit for film production
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Ted Neill on bearing witness to the violent conflicts that take place as a result of religious belief

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Faith, religion, godliness - these things have caused more pain, suffering, and death than all the plagues of history combined
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Hybrid Author Blake Crouch's "Dark Matter" Named a "Best Book of the Year"

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After starting his career with a traditional publisher, Crouch moved to self-publishing in 2011 with his novel "Run."
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Not Your Mother's YA

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Completely unsuitable for teens. You should totally read it.
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The death of the traditional book had been greatly exaggerated

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Black-owned bookstores fight to survive + more in this week's round-up
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Explore London with Charles Dickens + Sherlock Holmes Lit Maps

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Placing Literature launches two new interactive lit maps allowing readers to visit the sites of famous scenes from the Dickens and Arthur Conan Doyle canons.
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Want Michael Kors' Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe?

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God’s Love We Deliver, NYC's leading provider of meals to people who are too sick to cook for themselves, recently launched their first-ever (indie-pubbed) cookbook.
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The Power and Limits of Curation

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The 4 Hardest-to-Find Bookstores in the World, What do Americans lose if bookstores disappear?, We Need Diverse Books Launches Curated Books App + more in this week's round-up
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Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

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If dogs run free, then why not we, Across the swooping plain?
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Indie Book Share Shrinks

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Two and a half years. Ten quarterly Author Earnings reports. With each one of them, we learned something about our rapidly changing industry. But this October surprise flat-out blindsided us…
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J.K. Rowling Continues Her Self-Pubbing Spree

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New Pottermore Essay Explores Magical Congress of USA
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Seth Godin: Traditional Publishers "don’t have the imagination to take risks"

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ISBNs purchased by indie authors increased 21% in 2015 vs 2014, Amazon announces October is #PoweredByIndie, Why Is Self-Publishing Still a “Last Resort?” + more in this week's round-up
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Comixology Debuts Line of Exclusive Original Comics

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Amazon's Comixology Originals will offer comics titles exclusively through the Comixology and Kindle platforms.
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Hollywood's 25 Most Powerful Authors 2016 (2 of them self-pubbed!)

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How one Amazon Kindle scam made millions of dollars, Shelfie Announces Launch of Ebook Deal Finder, CNN Politics to (Self) Pub Election Book in December + more in this week's round-up
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"...the freedom to self publish is one of the greatest acts we may undertake for it ensures authorship will not be compromised for any reason."

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(Very!) Early Self-Pubbed SciFi Book, Does Amazon Really Put Customers First?, JK Rowling Self-Pubbed Patronus Test Keeps ‘Harry Potter’ Marketing Alive + more in this week's round-up
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New "50 Shades Darker" Trailer (you know you want to watch)

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Book Readers Live Longer, Kickstarter kicks traditional publishing's ass, Americans Still Love Libraries (Especially the Books), Amazon dominates 9what else is new) + more in this week's round-up
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Publishers are no longer in the book trade; they are in the what-the-hell-can-we-do-to-make-a-buck trade

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We are Reading Less Lit, A Closer Look at the "Return to Print" story, New "Books Desk" at the NYTimes (which like the old one, will not probably not review indies) + more in this week's roundup