Battle Creek, MI -- (ReleaseWire) -- 07/15/2014 -- OverDrive, the leading digital content provider of ebooks and audiobooks to over 20,000 public library systems, now includes all nine of Tracy Falbe’s fantasy novels in its catalog. The recent deal between one of Falbe’s distributors, Smashwords of Los Gatos, California, and OverDrive has enabled Falbe and thousands of indie authors like her to reach the library market after years of exclusion.
“Readers interested in self published titles now have a way to ask for their libraries to add them to their digital collections. It’s great to see libraries finally having access to the full scope of the literary marketplace,” Falbe said.
Her novels are among over 200,000 titles from Smashwords that OverDrive now makes available to library ebook lending programs. Librarians must search these titles in a separate self published section of the catalog. Many of the titles available are best sellers in their genres at retail sites, and the authors enjoy significant fan followings.
“There are many talented self published authors. I often read indie novels and for the most part I find them just as good if not better than anything produced by mainstream companies. Authors are the source of good fiction. Who publishes it doesn’t matter,” Falbe said.
Librarians on tight budgets have a lot to gain by shopping for self published titles at OverDrive. According to the announcement from Smashwords at its company blog, digital titles from major publishers can cost libraries $20 to $80 per unit through OverDrive.
Self published titles at OverDrive are generally under $10, and Falbe’s fantasy ebooks are available to public libraries for $3.99 or less.
“I discount several of my titles just for libraries to help support them. I’m a big fan of libraries. I’ve used them all my life and think they are crucial assets to their communities,” Falbe said.
Fantasy titles by Tracy Falbe available at OverDrive to public libraries are:
Werelord Thal: A Renaissance Werewolf Tale
A historical fantasy set in the 16th century Holy Roman Empire.
Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I
An epic fantasy with romance, rebellion, and dark themes.
The Goddess Queen: The Rys Chronicles Book II
A powerful epic fantasy with intense battles, rebellion, tragedy, and triumph.
Judgment Rising: The Rys Chronicles Book III
An epic fantasy with romantic elements, political intrigue, and magic.
The Borderlands of Power: The Rys Chronicles Book IV
An epic fantasy that tells of conflict among allies and an encroaching empire.
Rys Rising: Book I
A gritty epic fantasy of oppression and rebellion.
Savage Storm: Rys Rising Book II
An epic fantasy with a plot driven by intense battles, romance, and magic.
New Religion: Rys Rising Book III
An epic fantasy that focuses on a holy war in a magical world.
Love Lost: Rys Rising Book IV
An epic fantasy that tells of the clash between civilizations.
Falbe’s novels often receive 5-star reviews at online retailers. One example is a review in the Amazon Kindle store for Rys Rising that called it a “must read” and “a work of art.”
Another reviewer in the Barnes & Noble Nook store wrote of Rys Rising, “Everything is here. Magic. World building. Multidimensional character. Pathos. Conflict.”
More reader comments about fantasy novels by Tracy Falbe can be seen on the fan feedback page at her website Brave Luck Books.
“Affordable ebooks by indie authors give libraries a viable way to expand their digital collections even when budgets are tight. I’m a series writer, and I know that series readers always want more series. Low cost ebooks will feed their cravings,” Falbe said.
About Tracy Falbe
Falbe lives in Battle Creek, Michigan. She has been self publishing her fantasy fiction since 2006. She has a journalism degree from California State University, Chico and also works as a freelance writer. In 1997 she committed to her dream of being a novelist and began writing Union of Renegades. She is still writing today and plans to publish a 10th novel this fall.
She invites librarians to contact her if they have questions about her novels.