NEWMARKET, Ontario, September 18, 2014 –
Newmarket Public Library today announced its first Indie Book Day to celebrate local authors who have independently achieved publication of their work.
The authors, the majority of whom are from York Region, are part of an increasing trend toward self-publishing independently, rather than through a publishing house. Once referred to as ‘vanity press’, self-publishing is now viewed as a viable alternative to traditional publishing due to the growth of e-books, digital content, and online distribution channels.
“Mark Twain self-published Huckleberry Finn in 1885, so self-publishing is not a new trend by any means, but today it is having a much bigger impact on the publishing industry.” said Todd Kyle, CEO of Newmarket Public Library. “We are pleased to provide a venue for local authors who will be here at the library to meet with people and talk about their work. People will find a variety of books, everything from fiction and non-fiction for adults to children’s picture books.”
According to Publishers Weekly the number of self-published books in North America exceeded those offered by traditional publishers for the first time in 2008, and a year later 76% of books being offered were self-published. And as self-publishing grows, traditional publishers are producing fewer books. A recent example of self-published books making a huge impact were the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy by E.L. James, which went viral before being picked up by a traditional book publisher.
Indie Book Day takes place on Saturday, October 4th from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m., with readings from some of the authors in attendance.
For further information please contact:
Jennifer Leveridge, Community Services Librarian
(905) 953-5110 Ext. 4710
Lorne Chase, Marketing & Communications Coordinator
(905) 953-5110 Ext. 4870