Seven independently-published books topped Oprah Winfrey’s 25 Books of Summer list this year, bringing an indie spirit to a list traditionally dominated by major publishers.
According to MobyLives, only one indie book has made the Book Club during the 13 years the popular host started the club–picking W.W. Norton’s “House of Sand and Fog” by Andre Dubus III in 2000. Winfrey’s seal of approval virtually assures bestseller status for a title.
Here are a few of the indie summer picks, from the post: “‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,’ published by David Borgenicht’s Philadelphia-based Quirk Books, is credited to Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith … The next independently published title on Oprah’s list is ‘The Peep Diaries: How We’re Learning to Love Watching Ourselves and Our Neighbors’ (City Lights Books), by Hal Niedzviecki.”
UPDATE: A previous version of this post included an erroneous fact about the book club picks.