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NEW YORK, NY, October 4, 2011—Starting today, Kirkus Indie Reviews will be posted on (, the essential consumer guide to self-published books and the people who write them. 

Since 1933, Kirkus has been one of the most trusted and authoritative voices in book discovery. Kirkus Reviews magazine has been circulated to book industry insiders and influencers for almost 80 years, and their consumer-facing website features more than 300,000 original reviews to help readers find the best new releases. Works of exceptional merit are awarded a Kirkus Star, one of the most revered designations in the book industry.

The Kirkus Indie program gives independent authors a chance to obtain an unbiased, professional review of their work, written in the same format as a traditional Kirkus review, with the same chance of earning the coveted Kirkus Star.

Since 2009, IndieReader’s mission has been to help book-lovers navigate their way through the wild and wooly world of indie books.  IR’s original content is consumer-geared, with a mix of Rolling Stone-type profile stories, news and interviews, combined with a bookstore stocked with professionally reviewed and rated indie books, linked to sales sites for easy purchase. 

“The Kirkus Indie program is designed to help talented independent authors get discovered, and we’re excited to give the books reviewed by Kirkus Indie even more exposure by distributing the reviews on,” says Meg Kuehn, VP of Business Development at Kirkus Media.

IndieReader’s Amy Edelman adds, “We are thrilled that Kirkus will be providing us with content via their indie reviews.  While IR will continue to write and post book reviews by IR staff, the inclusion of Kirkus reviews will allow us to expose our readers to even more great indie titles.”


About Kirkus Media LLC

Founded in 1933, Kirkus reviews more than 5,000 books each year, including fiction, nonfiction, children's, young-adult, and independently published books.  Kirkus’ reviews are a trusted and authoritative decision-making tool, crafted by specialists selected for their knowledge and expertise in a particular field.

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