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Best Indie Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf

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.

1. Natural and Moral History of the Indies (Chronicles of the New World Encounter) (2002)

Best Indie Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThe 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. A Spanish Jesuit, Acosta produced this account by drawing on his own observations as a missionary in Peru and Mexico, as well as from the writings of other missionaries, naturalists, and soldiers who explored the region during the sixteenth century. One of the first comprehensive investigations of the New World, Acosta’s study…
Author(s): de Acosta, José , Jane E. Mangan, et al.

2. Indie, Inc.: Miramax and the Transformation of Hollywood in the 1990s (Texas Film and Media Studies) (2013)

Best Indie Books that Should be on Your BookshelfDuring 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. surveys Miramax’s evolution from independent producer-distributor to studio subsidiary, chronicling how one company transformed not just the independent film world but the film and media industries more broadly. As Alisa Perren illustrates, Miramax’s activities had an impact on everything from film…
Author(s): Alisa Perren

3. Indie Film Producing: The Craft of Low Budget Filmmaking (2012)

Best Indie Books that Should be on Your Bookshelfexplains 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. Indie film producer Suzanne Lyons pilots you through the actual making of low budget films to show you how easy and fun it can be. Laid out in a step-by-step, A to Z, matter-of-fact style that shows how the…
Author(s): Suzanne Lyons

4. A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies (1992)

Best Indie Books that Should be on Your BookshelfBartolomé 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. He wrote A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies in 1542, a shocking catalogue of mass slaughter, torture and slavery, which showed that the evangelizing vision of Columbus had descended under later conquistadors into genocide….
Author(s): Las Casas, Bartolome de, Nigel Griffin , et al.

5. The Devastation of the Indies: A Brief Account (1992)

Best Indie Books that Should be on Your BookshelfFive 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. Among the first–and most insistent–voices raised in that debate was that of a Spanish priest, Bartolome de Las Casas, acquaintance of Cortes and Pizarro and shipmate of Velasquez on the voyage to conquer Cuba. In 1552, after forty years of witnessing–and opposing–countless acts of brutality in the new Spanish colonies, Las Casas returned to Seville, where he published a book that caused a storm…
Author(s): Las Casas, Bartolomé de, Herma Briffault, et al.

6. Indie: An American Film Culture (Film and Culture Series) (2011)

Best Indie Books that Should be on Your BookshelfAmerica’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. Filmmakers, distributors, exhibitors, festivals, critics, and audiences all shape the art’s identity, which is always understood in relation to the Hollywood mainstream.By locating the American indie film in the historical context of the “Sundance-Miramax” era (the mid-1980s to the end of the 2000s), Michael Z. Newman…
Author(s): Newman Ph.D., Michael Z.

7. Christopher Columbus and the Enterprise of the Indies: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford Series in History and Culture) (2005)

Best Indie Books that Should be on Your BookshelfFocused 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….
Author(s): Geoffrey Symcox, Blair Sullivan

8. An Account, Much Abbreviated, of the Destruction of the Indies With Related Texts (2003)

Best Indie Books that Should be on Your BookshelfFifty 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. The result is a withering indictment of the conquerors that has cast a 500-year shadow over the subsequent history of that world and the European colonization…
Author(s): Bartolome de Las Casas, Franklin W. Knight, et al.

9. Royal Netherlands East Indies Army 1936–42 (Men-at-Arms) (2018)

Best Indie Books that Should be on Your BookshelfUntil 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. Following Germany’s occupation of the Netherlands in May 1940, Japan decided to expand its influence in the Netherlands East Indies via diplomatic negotiations to acquire the necessary strategic goods of oil, rubber and tin. However, the negotiations did not provide…
Author(s): Marc Lohnstein, Adam Hook

10. Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies (Hornblower Saga) (1989)

Best Indie Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThese 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. Back Bay takes pleasure in reissuing these classic tales in handsome new trade paperback editions.– The Hornblower renaissance is in full sail with a nearly tenfold increase in sales: more than I5O, OOO Hornblower books sold in the first six months of 1999.– The A&E television network’s series of original movies based on Hornblower’s adventures have been…
Author(s): C. S. Forester

11. Indie Rock Coloring Book (2009)

Best Indie Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThe 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. Music fans can keep themselves out of trouble for hours with mazes, connect-the-dot games, and coloring pages for the Shins, Devendra Banhart, Rilo Kiley, the National, and more than 20 artists. With all royalties going to charity, The Indie Rock Coloring Book is sure to warm even…
Author(s): Yellow Bird Project , Andy J. Miller , et al.

12. Natural History of the West Indies (North Carolina Studies in the Romance Languages and Literatures) (1959)

Best Indie Books that Should be on Your BookshelfWhere 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. It offers the eyewitness account of a true historian and naturalist, and is the source of some of Europe’s first descriptions of the flora and fauna of the Americas. Stoudemire offers comprehensive…
Author(s): Sterling A. Stoudemire

13. Become a Successful Indie Author: Work Toward Your Writing Dream (2018)

Best Indie Books that Should be on Your BookshelfDemystifying 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. If you are smart enough to write a book, you are smart enough to do everything else needed to make your indie author business a success.”Craig, thanks to the book, I went from kicking around vague concepts for my first series to…
Author(s): Craig Martelle

15. Letters and People of the Spanish Indies: Sixteenth Century (Cambridge Latin American Studies) (1976)

Best Indie Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThis 1976 book consists of the public and private letters of merchants which present a lively panorama of early life in Spanish-American society….
Author(s): James Lockhart, Enrique Otte

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 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.

Royal Netherlands East Indies Army 1936–42

Author(s): Marc Lohnstein; Adam Hook
Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Year: 2018, Size: 9 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2278966

Camp Life Is Paradise for Freddy: A Childhood in the Dutch East Indies, 1933–1946

Author(s): Fred Lanzing
Publisher: Ohio University Press, Year: 2017, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2209038

Red International and Black Caribbean: Communists in New York City, Mexico and the West Indies, 1919-1939

Author(s): Margaret Stevens
Publisher: Pluto Press, Year: 2017, Size: 19 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2226025

From Indie To Empire: The only DIY music marketing tool needed for today’s Indie Musicians

Author(s): Ryan Donnelly
Publisher: , Year: 2017, Size: 543 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2380404

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.

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