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The results of LJ’s third annual Indie Ebook Awards are in. Committees of librarians volunteered to evaluate hundreds of submissions in four genres. This year, for the first time, our judges selected a Best Indie Ebook of the Year, in addition to the genre winners. That honor goes to Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese’s A Queen from the North. 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.—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 (BLF), Managing Editor, LJ
  • Liz French (LF), Senior Editor, LJ Reviews
  • Barbara Hoffert (BH), Prepub Alert Editor, LJ Reviews
  • Stephanie Klose (SK), Media Editor, LJ Reviews
  • Amanda Mastrull (AM), Assistant Editor, LJ Reviews
  • 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
  • Sandra Collins, Byzantine Catholic Seminary Lib., Pittsburgh
  • Martha Cornog, Philadelphia
  • Nanette Donohue, Champaign P.L., IL
  • Rachael Dreyer, Pennsylvania State Univ. Dept. of Libs.
  • Karen Ellis, Taylor P.L., TX
  • Heather Halliday, American Jewish Historical Soc., New York
  • Emilie Hancock, Mount Pleasant Regional Lib., SC
  • Marlene Harris, Reading Reality, LLC, Duluth, GA
  • Lesa Holstine, Evansville Vanderburgh P.L., IN
  • Megan M. McArdle, Library of Congress, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
  • Maria McCarville, Pub. Libs. of Saginaw, MI
  • Elizabeth Nelson, McHenry Cty. Coll. Lib., Crystal Lake, IL
  • 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 & Shawnee Cty. P.L., KS
  • Ann Chambers Theis, Henrico Cty. P.L., VA
  • James Wetherbee, Wingate Univ. Libs., NC
  • Gayle Williamson, Fashion Inst. of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles