I recently saw this question on a Goodreads poll, which got me thinking, do some people actually reference a book’s publisher rather than the book’s content? Let’s talk.
I’m not going to lie; I read a lot of books that come from the Big Five publishers. What are those? You might have heard of them. The Big Five includes:
- Penguin Random House
- Hachette (Little, Brown)
- Macmillan, and
- Simon & Schuster
I’m sure you’ve read at least one book from all of these publishers. What all these publishers have in common are that they’re huge. HarperCollins, for instance, publishes more than 10,000 books per year. And while that’s amazing, we sometimes tend to forget the other, smaller publishers that also publish amazing books.
There are many books that can act as contenders for books that are published by one of the bigger publishing companies. So why aren’t they being recognized for their thrilling plots or amazing characters? The difference between bigger publishing companies and independent publishing companies is that the bigger publishing companies have more people, more books, more recognition.
But we have to remember: a book’s publisher is not a measure of the book’s rating. Maybe you haven’t heard of this book because it isn’t being as publicized as much. But I can name at least five books off the top of my head that are incredibly written and have an amazing plot, yet they aren’t published by a Big Five. So what does this mean? It means you have to keep your eyes out! You see a synopsis of a book on Goodreads that you’re really interested in, but it’s not being published by one of the common publishers that you usually read from? So what? Buy that book and read it!
Recognize books that aren’t published by a popular, big publishing company. If you love it, spread the word about it! Because every book has to start from somewhere, and there’s probably a book that you would love out there that’s not being published by a big publisher.
So support independent authors and publishers. Because (warning: big cliché that’s ultimately true) what’s inside the book is more important that the outside or where it’s from.