Still More Bestsellers Stories

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August 2011

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Still More Bestsellers Stories

This is the fourth installment of our series on IBPA members’ bestselling books, and the final one—for now. As you’ll see in “The First IBPA Bestsellers Sampler” in this issue, the top seller we heard about had sales of 1.5 million copies, and the series has given rise to a new and different sort of bestseller list.

And as you’ll see when you read on, members’ reports continue to show that independent publishers build sales by serving particular kinds of readers.

Please email the story of your bestseller to me at—or, if you’ve already done that, send news of new sales milestones. When we reach critical mass, we’ll feature more members’ bestsellers in the Independent.—Judith Appelbaum

What’s Cooking

Build Your Own Earth Oven was originally self-published as a pamphlet in 1998, expanded and published as a book in 2000, and issued in its third edition in 2007. Total copies in print—about 60,000, and it continues to sell well. 

The book stemmed from a workshop I took to learn to build a house out of mud. (Despite the derogatory implications of the t…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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