The 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards is the largest not-for-profit book awards programme for independent publishers and self-published authors. The awards are judged by industry leaders in independent publishing (including many who come from long-standing careers with major publishing houses).
Independent or indie publishing includes small presses, larger independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers and self-published authors.
The top prize-winning books in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards are:
Top Fiction Books
1. First ($1,500 Prize)
Topeka, ma 'shuge, by Raymond Hutson (Gilliss Books)
2. Second ($750 Prize)
The Magdalene Mystery, by Christine Sunderland (OakTara Publishing)
3. Third ($500 Prize)
River Talk, CB Anderson (C&R Press)
Top Non-Fiction Books
First ($1,500 Prize)
Thrown, by Kerry Howley (Sarabande Books)
Second ($750 Prize)
The Sky and Earth Touched Me, by Joseph Bharat Cornell (Crystal Clarity Publishers)
Third ($500 Prize)
The Wild Horse Dilemma, by Bonnie U. Gruenberg (Quagga Press)
Honorable Mention ($250 Prize)
The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four, by Kenneth Womack (Greenwood Press)
In addition, other top indie books were named as winners and finalists in 70 publishing categories ranging from action/adventure to young adult.
Chair of the book awards programme, Catherine Goulet, said: “Our awards program is known as the ‘Sundance’ of the book publishing world. Like other independent artists, many indie book publishers face challenges that the industry giants don’t experience. The indies have to work much harder to get their best books into readers’ hands."
According to Bowker’s Books in Print database, the number of self-published books produced annually has increased by some 437 percent since 2008.
The winners will be honoured in New York during BookExpo America next week. The top 70 books from the awards will be reviewed by a New York literary agent.
The complete list of finalists is available at the book awards website.