IndieReader is run by authors and writers
for authors and writers.

We provide proven, value-driven tools and services to help improve your book’s credibility and discoverability, making it easier for you to get it where it belongs: in front of readers.

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Pro Book Reviews

IndieReader has been providing professional book reviews to indie, hybrid and self-published authors–for almost 1/2 the price of our competition–since 2009. Our team of reviewers include working journalists, editors, librarians and published writers.


“One of the best written of all the professional reviews we’ve received so far, and much more skillful than both Kirkus and Foreword Reviews in your reviewer’s ability to step beyond personal bias. Thank you!”

River Faire

Author of "Where Two Worlds Touch"

Verified Reader Reviews

Boost your book’s sales position with Verified Reader Reviews, posted to your Amazon and GoodReads pages. IR will get your book into the hands of readers who will write and post honest reviews to give your book the sales power it needs to sell more copies.

Recent IndieReader Book Reviews


By Phil J Kriz
3.4 / 5


By L.M. Mountford
4.0 / 5


By Martha Heineman Pieper, Ph.D., Kelly Perez
4.5 / 5


By Karyn M. Bruce
5.0 / 5

A few words from IndieReader founder, Amy Edelman

When we launched IndieReader back in 2009, it was with the intent of trying to level the playing field for self, hybrid and small press published authors. I had been both traditionally published (by Simon + Schuster in 1997 and Crown in 2007) and self-published, and so was in a unique position to see the challenges with each. At that time there were no other companies that offered review services for indie authors, let alone distribution and marketing options. It was like a desert out there, and we made it our goal at IR to provide some much-needed relief.

Now over 13 years later we have reviewed thousands of indie titles. In that time we have also seen most of the negativity directed at self-publishing disappear–to the point where indie books regularly make the major bestseller lists (which we post weekly), win major literary awards (including our very own Discovery Awards), and sell hundreds of thousands of copies. Which means that the competition to write and publish a great book has only become greater–as today’s writers aren’t just competing with other indie authors; they’re competing with traditionally published ones, too.

And, now more than ever, IR knows exactly what it takes for an indie title to not just succeed but stand out from the pack. So what are you waiting for?  Via our curated and ever-expanding range of services, let our team at IndieReader help you build visibility and credibility for your indie book!

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IndieReader Bestsellers

The List where indies count!

Check out the first self-published bestseller's list! Compiled weekly via USA Today, the Wall Street Journal and Amazon.

Author Knowledgebase

This Little Book Went to Market

I’ve been publishing books for seventeen years and in that time, I’ve been contacted by over a thousand authors seeking a publisher for their first book.

IR Approved Author David Grosz Tells All About His Book

“Providence” is a story about friendship, art, and memory set in the contemporary New York of glamorous high-rises and glitzy art galleries, with detours to France, Italy, Slovakia, and the backwoods of the Catskill Mountains.

IR Approved Author Lena Gibson Tells All About Her Book

Underdog Elsa discovers maps to long-lost seed bunkers while scavenging the landfill. What she wants is to grow her own food. What she gets is a train-hopping soulmate, a meeting with the rebels, and a chance to break the corporatocracy.

The Launch Pad

When I was a teenager in the late 70s, the only Toyotas I remember seeing were these tiny pickup trucks that looked flimsy and ready to break down any minute.