What does ‘indie’ mean to you?

When your hear the words ‘indie publishing’ what comes to mind?


Vanity press? 

Independent publishers?   

Not sure? I guess you could ask Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indie or trawl through some of the forums (such as Amazon or Goodreads).  It seems that currently people’s perception of indie publishing ranges from ‘pure rubbish’ to an opportunity for something different.

To me ‘indie’ means individual, original, unfettered, personal and maybe perhaps sometimes unpolished. 

Now what comes to mind when you think of indie film or music? 
Are the two perceptions the same?  And if not, what can we do to improve them?

See also –

Peer review and indie publishing? 

Re-evaluating the book market

About indie e-books

http://indieebooks.co.uk is aimed at providing a common platform for indie writers and publishers to show-case their work. The content is kept limited to one (free) short story per author to give the reader an idea of the writing style and talent involved and to help forward them on to more substantial work.
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2 Responses to What does ‘indie’ mean to you?

  1. timctaylor says:

    I don’t think it means vanity press any more, as that’s dying out.

  2. A.PR.Firm says:

    Some companies are still shying away from books marked “indie” it’s still a negative term in the industry. I would suggest to anyone just starting out self-publishing don’t try to embrace the term and flip it on its back to mean something different just be “INDIvidual” and use a term that already has positivity associated with it to brand your book. #thatisall

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