Indie Published books cannot be ordered and purchased in Jersey Channel Island Bookstores Watermans or W.H. Smith.

Did you know that & W.H Smith bookstores in the UK are refusing to order Indie published books (self-published books) in their offline bookstores. People in Jersey and on the mainland UK (as I live in Jersey C.I.) have periodically contacted me with this information, they tried to order some of my books and even though they had the ISBN number ( the ISBN is to establish and identify one title or edition of a title from one specific publisher and is unique to that edition, allowing for more efficient marketing of products by booksellers, libraries, universities, wholesalers and distributors internationally.(For further information http://www.isbn.org/standards/home/isbn/us/isbnqa.asp)

Effectively these bookstores are preventing anyone who does not use or have access to the internet from buying the Indie Published paperback or hardback books offline, they are actually telling people to go away and buy them online even knowing that some cannot actually do so.

Now some would argue that self-published books are no good, that if an author cannot obtain a main stream publisher their books are unlikely to make the grade so as to speak, but I would argue that this is nonsense and you only have to look at the number of original famous self-published authors, such as Steven King, John Grimshaw, Beatrix Potter and Virginia Wolff off the top of my head (Further information on this here http://www.selfpublishingseminars.com/famousauthors.htm).

Let us face it just who has the right to dictate what books people can legitimately order to buy to read? Seems some bookshops believe they have, maybe you can answer why this is. I would have thought that any bookseller would want to sell books and make money off them, so why would they not order books for members of the general public.

We are in a nasty recession, Governments worldwide are telling people to use their own initiative and become entrepreneurs!

Is it just because the Indie books have not been published by one of the big publishing houses? Or could there be some more sinister reason behind this, maybe some kind of secret cartel in action?

This situation affects all Indie publishers worldwide. For example if I want to buy a book produced by an American Indie publisher and my only method of being able to do so was to order it from a bookshop on the high street in the UK, as might many others also wish to do, then how as an American Indie publisher do you think President Obama would feel about this situation and do you feel the American, UK or any other Government should be taking some kind of action to stop it happening?

Calling all Indie publisher “Let us join forces,level the playing field and do something about this situation now, our readers are being prevented from buying our books is just not acceptable!”

Please give me your ideas, views or opinions.

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21 Responses to Indie Published books cannot be ordered and purchased in Jersey Channel Island Bookstores Watermans or W.H. Smith.

  1. James says:

    There may be a way around this…

    In the last couple of years a new network called Hive has set up. Its primary purpose is to allow Internet users (bear with me) to order books for delivery to a local independent bookshop – so the distribution network is outwith the control of WHSmith and Waterstones.

    What I suspect you could do is identify a bookshop that belongs to Hive and ask that shop to use Hive to try and order the independently published books.

    A quick look at the Hive website shows at least 15-20 bookshops in London alone and a fair scattering across the UK and Northern Ireland – also the bookshop on Alderney is a member.

    Worth a try?

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