I think once a year, we should have a Donate an Independent author to your local library day. It’s very hard to get an indie’s book in a library if that indie doesn’t live there. Most libraries are willing to take donations from authors, but not through the mail. Most libraries require that X amount of people have to request a book before they will spend their limited funds on an independent author’s book.
Think about it though, if everyone bought one book from an indie, say through Amazon or CreateSpace or B&N or wherever you buy your paperbacks and donated them to their local library, indies would suddenly have a huge showing in libraries across the country.
I’ll start it. Between now and December 15th, I’m going to buy a copy of Reign Drops by C. Patt and donate it to my local library. Since I’m currently reading it for something the author wants me to look over, I’ll wait until I finish that before I go buy it and donate it, that way it meets her approval. She lives in Texas so the chances that her book is available at the library in Columbia, Missouri are slim. However, since lots of people still get books from libraries (much to the dismay of digital media haters everywhere, the ebook did not kill off libraries). It’s true that they have more limited funds due to budget cuts and restraints placed upon them by the cities where they operate and they do buy ebooks, which is nice for readers and authors alike (the first library to get the Dreams books was a library in Los Angeles who picked up the ebook versions). I have since donated paperback copies of all my books to my local library. And as soon as I have a copy of Tortured Dreams in my possession, I have a Little Library interested in the first 2 Dreams books.
This would actually accomplish 2 things: not only would we be able to get indies into libraries without cutting into library budgets for things like the newest Stephen King novel, but the author would make a few bucks off the paperback you bought and donated! And as people in your town or city borrowed the book and read it, then you could talk to others where you live about the book without feeling like they don’t know what you’re talking about. I got the idea when I saw a book being read by someone at the grocery store today. It was stamped with our public library’s name and it was an indie author that lives here in town that I actually love. I’m sure she donated it, but wouldn’t it be great if people in Cleveland could check it out from the library? It would because it’s a good book, but I’m betting they don’t have that option because the library hasn’t bought it.
The downside is that I’m asking people to buy a paperback novel and donate it, but it is November/December, the season of giving. What better time to start such a movement!