Indies punching above weight ahead of IPG Conference

Indies punching above weight ahead of IPG Conference

An increasingly ”sympathetic” Waterstones, a more agreeable Amazon, direct-to-consumer sales and the mining of niche markets have given independent publishers a boost ahead of the sector’s annual gathering at the Independent Publishers Guild (IPG) Conference, held on 4th–6th  March.

It is difficult to state a definitive number regarding the size of the independent sector; as it is to answer the question of what “independence” is—for example, the IPG counts among its members Bloomsbury and Quarto, both publicly traded global businesses. But a look at recent Companies House filings for leadi...

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