Should traditional newspapers review more indie books?
There are plenty of highly acclaimed indie books out there that are not being reviewed by newspapers. Do you think book editors should change their policy?
Newspapers are devoting less and less space to reviews in general nowadays...unless an author has a connection to the paper's local area, or a huge star like Stephen King
Would they get unique content doing so? Yes.
Would they get more readers for doing so? Maybe.
Would it be worth the literal cost (labor costs) of doing so? Probably not. Which is why most don't.
I think the traditional newspapers should review more indie books. There are many good books written by indie authors. However, the space in a newspaper is limited. That's the limiting factor. Just like a brick and mortar bookstore can only hold so many books, the newspaper review section can only review so many books. Competition is fierce in this trade, as traditional publishers begin months in advance, sending the advanced reading copies to newspapers and magazines for review. Indie authors have no chance from the get-go.
Given the explosion of indie books through the ebook market, and millions of ebooks are being produced on Amazon.com, the reviews on that site have become the new norm.
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