People question why anyone would want to read an indie book, also known as self-publishing. With the new age of e-publishing and Amazon making it extremely easy for anyone to publish a book, completely bypassing the traditional publisher, it makes people wonder if the quality is even good. I would say that they’re right to question the quality. I often do, too. However, I want to support indie authors. There are some surprisingly good books that usually go completely unnoticed.
I have already reviewed an indie book on here, and am currently reading two others. The ones that I’m reading are completely different. One is in print, the other is an ebook.
The print book I’m reading is Hi! My Name is Loco and I am a Racist. It’s written by Baye McNeil, also known as Loco in the world of Japan blogs. I’ve been reading his blog for quite some time, and so I bought an autographed hard copy of his book earlier this year. I’m reading it slower than I should. I read it at home, where my daughter often doesn’t let me read anything. However, what I’ve read so far is very good. Baye is a very talented writer and author. One of these days, I think I’ll have to make it to a tweet-up that he’s attending.
The other book I’m reading is Voidhawk by Jason Halstead. I’m reading it on my iPhone with the Kindle app. This book is an interested one. It has a unique premise, high fantasy involving elves, dwarves, mages, battles on wooden ships, pirates and more, but all of it is in space. It’s not high tech. In fact, it seems completely magical. This is actually the first indie novel I’ve read, and I’m enjoying it so far. It’s got a sense of humour to it, so I can’t completely take it seriously. There are editing issues, such as typos and formatting problems, but it doesn’t detract from my reading experience. It’s not an amazing book, but it is a fun read so far. Also, this book is available for free! You have nothing to lose by trying it. You may like it. Unfortunately, I’ve been taking my time with this book. I’ve been reading paper books during my free time on the train and my lunch break at work, while Voidhawk has been what I read when I have to stand on the train. Bad excuse, but I hope to devote more time to it. When I finish it, I’ll be writing a review.
I have downloaded many other books to my phone, though I haven’t read them yet. I will review all of them as I finish them. It’ll be interesting to see how good or bad some of these books are, but I want to give them all a try.
On a somewhat related topic, ebooks are a great way to read classics for free. As they are no longer copyrighted and in the public domain, they are available for free in ebook format. Many you can even read on your computer. But as far as Shakespeare is concerned, I’d prefer to have a paper copy with good explanatory notes. I’m not so sure if electronic forms of Shakespearean plays have that.
Are you reading indie books? Please leave a comment and tell me why you do or don’t read indie books.