Through SELF-e, libraries all over the nation can narrow their search for high-quality diverse ebooks. Partnering with prominent organizations such as the BCALA, SELF-e aims to find the best ebooks written by indie authors from all walks of life.
We know that we are not alone in our efforts to make diverse books available to library patrons. Campaigns such as #weneeddiversebooks, aimed at getting more diverse books for young readers into libraries, only underlie the dire need to expand diversity in our library systems. As such, we will continue to increase our efforts to highlight diverse ebooks by women, African Americans, the LGBTQ+ community, Hispanic authors and many others.
SELF-e supports libraries’ efforts to offer their patrons’ works featuring diverse voices and viewpoints. The inclusive community of self-publishing provides a solid foundation to curate books that reflect every reader.
Kate DiGirolomo, Library Journal’s SELF-e Community Coordinator
Our most recent contest, the 2015 BCALA eBook Literary Award, was judged by members of the BCALA to find the best indie ebook written by an African American author. Through this award, African American indie authors are able to get their ebooks recognized by libraries all over the nation. Be sure to read about the winners of the 2015 contest and check back for information on the 2016 contest.