Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Indie books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.
- Natural and Moral History of the Indies (Chronicles of the New World Encounter) (2002)
- Indie, Inc.: Miramax and the Transformation of Media Studies) (2013)
- Indie Film Producing: The Craft of Low Budget Filmmaking (2012)
- A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies (1992)
- The Devastation of the Indies: A Brief Account (1992)
- Indie: An American Film Culture (Film and Culture Series) (2011)
- Christopher Columbus and the Enterprise of the Indies: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford Series in History and Culture) (2005)
- An Account, Much Abbreviated, of the Destruction of the Indies With Related Texts (2003)
- Royal Netherlands East Indies Army 1936–42 (Men-at-Arms) (2018)
- Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies (Hornblower Saga) (1989)
- Indie Rock Coloring Book (2009)
- Natural History of the West Indies (North Carolina Studies in the Romance Languages and Literatures) (1959)
- Become a Successful Indie Author: Work Toward Your Writing Dream (2018)
- Cowboys and Indies: The Epic History of the Record Industry by Murphy, Gareth (2015) Paperback (2015)
- Letters and People of the Spanish Indies: Sixteenth Century (Cambridge Latin American Studies) (1976)
Natural and Moral History of the Indies (Chronicles of the New World Encounter) (2002)
The Natural and Moral History of the Indies, the classic work of New World history originally published by José de Acosta in 1590, is now available in the first new English translation to appear in several hundred years.
Indie, Inc.: Miramax and the Transformation of Media Studies) (2013)
During the 1990s, films such as sex, lies, and videotape, The Crying Game, Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, and Shakespeare in Love earned substantial sums at the box office along with extensive critical acclaim. A disproportionate number of these hits came from one company: Miramax. Indie, Inc.
Indie Film Producing: The Craft of Low Budget Filmmaking (2012)
explains the simple, basic, clear cut role of the independent film producer. Raising funds to do your dream project, producing award-winning films with a low budget, putting name actors on your indie film-it’s all doable, and this book guides you through the entire process of being a successful producer with bonus tips on how to effortlessly maneuver through the sphere of social media marketing and fundraising tactics.
A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies (1992)
Bartolomé de Las Casas was the first and fiercest critic of Spanish colonialism in the New World. An early traveller to the Americas who sailed on one of Columbus’s voyages, Las Casas was so horrified by the wholesale massacre he witnessed that he dedicated his life to protecting the Indian community.
The Devastation of the Indies: A Brief Account (1992)
Five hundred years after Columbus's first voyage to the New World, the debate over the European impact on Native American civilization has grown more heated than ever.
Indie: An American Film Culture (Film and Culture Series) (2011)
America’s independent films often seem to defy classification. Their strategies of storytelling and representation range from raw, no-budget projects to more polished releases of Hollywood’s “specialty” divisions. Yet understanding American indies involves more than just considering films.
Christopher Columbus and the Enterprise of the Indies: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford Series in History and Culture) (2005)
Focused on Columbus’ voyages and their impact on Europe and the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean, Christopher Columbus and the Enterprise of the Indies presents the voyager as a significant historical actor who improvised responses to a changed world while helping link Africa, Europe, and the Americas in a conflicted economic and cultural symbiosis.
An Account, Much Abbreviated, of the Destruction of the Indies With Related Texts (2003)
Fifty years after the arrival of Columbus, at the height of Spain’s conquest of the West Indies, Spanish bishop and colonist Bartolomé de Las Casas dedicated his Brevísima Relación de la Destruición de las Indias to Philip II of Spain. An impassioned plea on behalf of the native peoples of the West Indies, the Brevísima Relación catalogues in horrific detail atrocities it attributes to the king’s colonists in the New World.
Royal Netherlands East Indies Army 1936–42 (Men-at-Arms) (2018)
Until 1945, Indonesia was a Dutch colony known as the Netherlands East Indies. In 1930, the area had over 60 million inhabitants and was a major exporter of oil, rubber, tin and quinine. It was a particularly strong trading partner for Japan, providing some 13 percent of Japan’s oil needs–second only after the United States.
Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies (Hornblower Saga) (1989)
These thrilling tales of high-seas adventure in the Napoleonic era, which Winston Churchill found “vastly entertaining” and Ernest Hemingway recommended to “every literate I know”, are being eagerly embraced by a new generation of readers.
Indie Rock Coloring Book (2009)
The Montreal-based nonprofit Yellow Bird Project has worked with an amazing range of indie rock musicians over the years to create unique T-shirt designs that benefit an array of charities. This first ever indie rock coloring book is a fitting tribute to the DIY spirit of the bands, featuring witty, hand-illustrated activity pages from artist Andy J. Miller.
Natural History of the West Indies (North Carolina Studies in the Romance Languages and Literatures) (1959)
Where the only previous translations of Gonzalo Fernandez de Oviedo’s Natural History of the West Indies (1555 and 1625) are now unreadable, Sterling A. Stoudemire’s translated edition offers this foundational text to the modern reader in an accessible format. The original text, published in 1525, is a beautiful Gothic example of the early Spanish-American chronicle, and is of great rarity.
Become a Successful Indie Author: Work Toward Your Writing Dream (2018)
Demystifying the tangled web of self-publishing to put you on the road to success.This is a motivational guide based on my two and a half million published words (mostly with Amazon) to help you see past the hurdles that are keeping you from climbing the mountain of success. Nothing is overwhelming once it’s been explained.
Cowboys and Indies: The Epic History of the Record Industry by Murphy, Gareth (2015) Paperback (2015)
Cowboys and Indies
Letters and People of the Spanish Indies: Sixteenth Century (Cambridge Latin American Studies) (1976)
This 1976 book consists of the public and private letters of merchants which present a lively panorama of early life in Spanish-American society.
Best Indie Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf
We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some indie books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.
The Road to Happiness: How to Get What You Really Want
Author(s): David Goldman
ID: 2447307, Publisher: Indie Books International, Year: 23 Nov 2019, Size: 406 Kb, Format: epub
The Definitive Guide to Taxes for Indie Game Developers
Author(s): Rachel Presser
ID: 3644016, Publisher: CRC Press, Year: 2023, Size: 3 Mb, Format: pdf
Jubilee's Experiment: The British West Indies and American Abolitionism
Author(s): Dexter J. Gabriel
ID: 3696159, Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Year: 2023, Size: 4 Mb, Format: pdf
Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are absolutely hot items according to Washington Post, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.