Biblioboard Announces The Debut Of Indie Ohio; Unprecedented Project Helps Self-Published Authors And Readers Connect In Ohio Public Libraries

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BiblioBoard Library has launched Indie Ohio, a collection of self-published ebooks submitted from authors throughout the state.

"Indie Ohio is proof of how authors and libraries can join forces to benefit each other,” said Biblioboard Chief Business Officer, Mitchell Davis.

BiblioBoard Library has launched Indie Ohio, a collection of self-published ebooks submitted from authors throughout the state. Indie Ohio currently has over 50 books including children's, young adult, and adult titles. Highly regarded library innovators, such as the Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL), are already connecting local talent with library patrons. CCPL was an early adopter of the SELF-e platform, which launched in mid-2014.

SELF-e, created by Library Journal in collaboration with BiblioBoard®, offers indie authors and aspiring writers the opportunity to upload their ebooks, expand their readership, and reach a new audience. Content submitted to SELF-e is evaluated by Library Journal and, if selected, appears in a curated collection of self-published ebooks showcased at participating libraries nationwide. Because SELF-e employs BiblioBoard's award-wining PatronsFirst™ platform, libraries can make local authors' self-published ebooks available to cardholders with no multi-user limitations or waitlists.

Library Journal has already chosen 16 high-quality, self-published books from authors contributing through CCPL, but every author who submitted is able to make their book available through the Indie Ohio module. Library Journal's selections can be found in the highlights section of the Indie Ohio collection. These specially featured titles range from playful children's books like The Adventures of Zelda: A Pug Tale by Kristen Otte to thought-provoking adult dramas such as Scott Burr's Bummed Out City. The selected highlights will also become part of Library Journal's best-of-the-best genre modules and will be featured in full-page Library Journal advertisements later this year.

Mitchell Davis, founder and Chief Business Officer of BiblioLabs, is thrilled by Ohioan authors' positive response to the program. "Indie Ohio is proof of how authors and libraries can join forces to benefit each other,” said Davis. "While authors can grow their audience, libraries can help readers easily discover something new."

“We have about a dozen states ready to launch over the next few months. Libraries realize they can promote these Library Journal selected books aggressively to their patrons, or make them available to book clubs with no fear of using up all the digital copies they have purchased or overspending. It is about building a community around writing, something libraries are uniquely positioned to do," continued Davis.

Indie Ohio is continuously growing, and indie collections from other states will launch on BiblioBoard Library throughout the year. Join Cuyahoga County Public Library at their Parma-Snow branch on Saturday, March 7, for their Indie Author Conference and Showcase. For more information about the event, click here.

To learn more about SELF-e and the statewide indie collections, visit http://self-e.libraryjournal.com/libraries.

About BiblioBoard®
BiblioBoard is the PatronsFirst™ mobile library. The folks behind BiblioBoard are a powerful team based in Charleston, S.C. They aim to transform access to information by providing a world-class user experience that thrills library patrons and is profitable for publishers. BiblioBoard is moving library content delivery into the future in a sustainable way. BiblioBoard, used by nearly 3,000 libraries and in three statewide eBook projects, reaches 30 million patrons. BiblioBoard has won numerous design and product awards including the 2014 Modern Library Award.

About Library Journal
Founded in 1876 by Melvil Dewey “in the interest of the modern library, and of those desiring to make its influence wider and greater,” Library Journal has evolved with the times to become an indispensable, multi-platform resource for library professionals. LJ believes communities thrive when libraries provide everyone free access to information, promote literacy and learning, protect intellectual freedom and preserve cultural memory. We honor this mission and all libraries, librarians and communities that pursue it, aspiring to act as a guide and advocate for all who benefit from what libraries offer, and produce resources and services that strengthen libraries value to their communities.

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CONTACT:    
Carolyn Morris
VP Digital Products
BiblioLabs    
morrisc(at)bibliolabs.com

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