Most definitely. But the creation of IRIS was precipitated by the co-owner of an independent bookstore who wanted to know how IR could make it easier to carry indies and find local authors. We have since spoken to other indie booksellers across the country who are feeling the same way (backed up by articles in the Christian Science Monitor and Publisher’s Weekly that note increasing interest from indie bookstores in self-published titles).
Titles are posted with their Editorial Reviews—along with the book’s genre and other pertinent details—so that bookstores can make informed decisions about which books they want to stock.
The truth is some indie authors now have hundreds of thousands of readers. Indie bookstores are always on the lookout for new revenue sources and something that will differentiate them from the big-box stores, most of which still don’t carry indie titles.
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