Turbulent Present of Publishing: Why Self-Published Books aren’t Found in Libraries

Self-publishers and smaller publishers typically do not distribute to the library market directly because they require a Cataloging in Publication (CIP) number, three to six month release date and reviews in certain publications, which in turn often requires a marketing campaign. Many librarians note that they want to purchase books from self-published authors, but they have no way to sift through them because they are not available in typical review journals such as Library Journal. As a result, self-publishers and small publishers are left distributing solely to the public through electronic and inexpensive means, but large publishers typically make most of their profits by selling hardback books directly to libraries first.

One of the aims of Barbaroi House is to make our books available to reviewers and for purchase by libraries.