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The results of LJ’s second annual Indie Ebook Awards are in. Committees of librarians—plus one of last year’s winners—volunteered to evaluate hundreds of submissions in five genres. These books—and many others—can be discovered on SELF-e, a subscription-based platform for self-published books and a partnership between LJ and BiblioBoard. Visit LJ’s SELF-esteem blog for more on the winners and a full list of honorable mentions.—KD

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LJ editors are listed by initial at the end of annotations:

  • Mahnaz Dar (MD), Assistant Managing Editor, LJS
  • Kate DiGirolomo (KD), SELF-e Community Coordinator
  • Bette-Lee Fox (BF), Managing Editor, LJ
  • Liz French (LF), Senior Editor, LJ Reviews
  • Tyler Hixson (TH), Editorial Assistant, SLJ Reviews
  • Barbara Hoffert (BH), Prepub Alert Editor, LJ Reviews
  • Stephanie Klose (SK), Media Editor, LJ Reviews
  • Amanda Mastrull (AM), Assistant Editor, LJ Reviews
  • Kiera Parrott (KP), Reviews Director, LJS
  • Annalisa Pesek (AP), Assistant Managing Editor, LJ Reviews
  • Stephanie Sendaula (SS), Associate Editor, LJ Reviews
  • Wilda Williams (WW), Fiction Editor, LJ Reviews

All outside contributors are listed by name:

  • Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L.
  • Mara Bandy, Champaign P.L., IL
  • Tom Batten, Grafton, VA
  • Lisa Campbell, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Kristi Chadwick, Massachusetts Lib. Syst., South Deerfield
  • Martha Cornog, Philadelphia
  • Nanette Donohue, Champaign P.L., IL
  • Rachael Dreyer, Pennsylvania State Univ. Dept. of Libs.
  • Karen Ellis, Taylor P.L., TX
  • Sandra Farag, BookOps, New York
  • Heather Halliday, American Jewish Historical Soc., New York
  • Marlene Harris, Reading Reality, LLC, Duluth, GA
  • Teva Hutchinson, Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Lib.
  • Viccy Kemp, Flower Mound P.L, TX
  • Megan M. McArdle, Library of Congress, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
  • Elizabeth Nelson, McHenry Cty. Coll. Lib., Crystal Lake, IL
  • Marie M. Octobre, Coll. of New Rochelle, Brooklyn
  • Kristin Ramsdell, Libn. Emerita, California State Univ. East Bay
  • Derek Sanderson, Mount Saint Mary Coll. Lib., Newburgh, NY
  • Christine Sharbrough, Tewksbury P.L., MA
  • Lissa Staley, Topeka and Shawnee County P.L., KS
  • Rollie Welch, Lehigh Acres, FL
  • Gayle Williamson, Fashion Inst. of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles