How We Choose Books for Review
IndependentPublisher.com publishes original reviews of noteworthy new titles, chosen by our editorial staff from review submissions and entries into our six awards contests. We review these books to bring increased recognition to the thousands of great — and often overlooked — independently published titles released each year. This is also why we launched our first book awards contest, the Independent Publisher Book Awards, in 1996.
Winning a book award and getting a good review published are two of the best marketing tools available to the independent publisher today. To be considered for a review, send your book to the address below. If your title is chosen, a member of the editorial staff will contact you with a link to the completed review.
Independently published books entered into our awards contests will also be considered for review. See below for more details about each awards program.
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Independent Publisher Book Awards
The Independent Publisher Book Awards (the “IPPYs”) are intended to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and self-published titles published each year. The awards are open to all members of the independent publishing industry, and to authors and publishers worldwide who produce books intended for an English-speaking market.
Axiom Business Book Awards
The Axiom Business Book Awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary business books and their creators, with the understanding that business people are a very well-read and informed segment of the population, eager to learn about great new books that will inspire and inform them, and help them improve their careers and businesses.
Moonbeam Children's Book Awards
The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards are open to authors, illustrators, and publishers of children’s books written in English or Spanish and intended for the North American market. The Moonbeam Awards bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and are dedicated to supporting childhood literacy and life-long reading.
Living Now Book Awards
The Living Now Book Awards are designed to honor life-changing books, and to bring increased recognition to the year’s very best lifestyle books and their authors and publishers. The awards celebrate the innovation and creativity of newly published books that enhance the quality of our lives, from cooking and entertaining to fitness and spirituality.
Illumination Book Awards
2013 AWARD WINNERS
With the motto, "shining a light on exemplary Christian books," the Illumination Book Awards are designed to honor the year's best new titles written and published with a Christian worldview. The award categories range from Bible Study and Ministry/Mission to family-oriented subjects like Young Adult Fiction, Education, and Children's Picture Book.
2014 AWARD WINNERS
The eLit Awards are an industry-wide, unaffiliated awards program open to all members of the electronic publishing industry, and are committed to illuminating and honoring the very best of English language digital publishing entertainment. The eLit Awards celebrate the ever growing market of electronic publishing in the wide variety of reader formats.