BookHippo.uk

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BookHippo.uk is a UK-based website and information service for authors and readers. It began as a book promotion site and continues to offer that service today alongside a broader range of features. Its vision is to help authors publish and promote their work for free.

Features

eBook newsletter

BookHippo.uk produces a daily newsletter which is distributed via email, Facebook, Twitter and the BookHippo.uk website. This newsletter features a selection of books which are currently free or low price. At present there are over 10,000 subscribers to the newsletter.

BookHippo.uk allows self-published authors to submit their books for inclusion in the newsletter. There are three types of feature:

  • low-priced books (£3.50 or cheaper)
  • new releases (released in last 30 days)
  • review copies (complimentary copies of books in exchange for honest reviews)

Only books submitted via the BookHippo.uk website [1] are considered. There is a strong preference for professionally edited books with six or more reviews.

Drabbles

A drabble is a piece of original fiction that is exactly 100 words in length. BookHippo.uk features a drabble in its daily newsletter on as many days as possible. These are also published on the website.

Authors can submit drabbles for inclusion in the newsletter via the BookHippo.uk website.

BookHippo.uk is widely credited with the sudden increase in drabble popularity from 2013.

Indie Scene Magazine

In February 2013, BookHippo.uk (operating as Indie Book Bargains) oversaw the production of Indie Scene Magazine, which was targeted at readers and self-published authors. This magazine remains available in PDF format.

Rebrand

BookHippo.uk was originally called Indie Book Bargains. It started in 2012 as a daily newsletter that promoted free and low-cost self-published books. In March 2015 it rebranded because its creators felt that the name was too restrictive, and wanted the site to attract a broader audience.

BookHippo.uk maintains its history of supporting self-published authors, but features them alongside traditionally published authors, which helps appeal to a wider market. Dropping the word 'bargains' allowed BookHippo.uk to diversify and build up other book-related tools, such as the drabble section.