Celebrating Independent Publishing

We want to celebrate the work of independent publishing houses by creating an online directory that connects readers, writers & publishers.

We did it!

On 3rd Mar 2017 we successfully raised £3,628 of £3,000 target with 98 supporters in 25 days

New stretch target

Any money raised that exceeds our target for this project will be invested in bringing My Bookcase Platform to new communities where there is a need to access books. Creating 'My Bookcase meeting points' and promoting reading in remote places across the Scottish territory or workign with like-minded social enterprises and charities to open up access to books to those in need.

DISCOVER INDEPENDENT PUBLISHING_ 

We want to honor and celebrate the work and creativity of those creating outstanding publications beyond a market-driven initiative. Making it possible for readers to discover new exciting titles, for writers to discover publishers that align with their interests, and for publishers to reach them.

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CREATING A DIRECTORY OF INDEPENDENT PUBLISHING HOUSES_ 

A simple and free online directory for independent publishing houses across the globe to showcase their work and vision as well as list helpful information such as location, policy with enquiries or proposals and list of publications produced.

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A PROJECT BY MY BOOKCASE SOCIAL ENTERPRISE_ 

The Directory of Independent Publishing Houses is a project by My Bookcase. A social enterprise based in Glasgow, Barcelona & Amsterdam connecting people through books. Since 2014, My Bookcase has been initiating and giving support to creative projects that take the physical book as a source for both research and practice

Based upon a felt need in today’s  society, we believe it is important to put forward this new initiative enabling readers and publishers to meet out of the mainstream market.

The continued flourishing of small press publishing depends upon the free exchange of knowledge and resources among like-minded people. It’s immediately exciting for me to imagine how such a directory could facilitate these kinds of connections. [Independent Publishing house]

Having an overview of independent publishers and a clear understanding of their editorial process would, for me, open up a realm of possibilities beyond the choices I usually think are at my reach - either self-publishing my own work or waiting for a publisher to find me. I think the directory would help to accelerate this important part of my creative process and will expand the possibilities of reaching new audiences. [Published artist]

HOW YOU CAN  HELP_ 

As a social enterprise our drive is our passion for books and our belief in the importance of reading to work towards a more active and participative society. We need your help to create this new resource that will support the work of many publishers worldwide by giving them a voice. And enable writers and readers to discover the perfect publishing houses for their needs. In exchange for your economic contribution towards the creation of THE DIRECTORY OF INDEPENDENT PUBLISHING HOUSES, we would like to offer you our creativity through these carefully created rewards:

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_WHAT WILL THE MONEY BE USED FOR? 

We need this budget to work with a web designer and build the best online directory adapted to the needs of independent publishers, readers and writers. At the directory, independent publishing houses will be able to upload all the information related to their work in an easy-to-use integrated system and readers or writers will be able to discover them and their work through the directory's simple searching system.

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