Independent houses stand apart from the ever-shrinking world of corporate publishing. Though not free from the need to make money, they are nevertheless defined by their commitment to innovative work distinguished by its literary quality rather than potential profitability. Here is a far from exhaustive list of some of the players.
Abrams Press - A large press with an eye for detail.
Akashic Books - One of the best running independent presses going. They are "reverse-gentrifying" the literary world, and for a good reason.
Belleuve Literary Press - Books that stand between the threshold of fiction and science. Publisher of Paul Harding's Tinkers.
Black Balloon Publishing - They'll lift you off the ground and take you to a whole new world.
Brooklyn Arts Press - A one-man show that nevertheless published 2016 National Book Award for Poetry winner Daniel Borzutsky.
Caketrain - Beautifully designed covers. Beautifully written books. Only $8 each.
Curbside Splendor Publishing - An indie press so Chicagoan it goes to the Logan Square Farmer's Market.
Dzanc Books - An indie press vying for the future of literature.
Engine Books - Books that can outlap you in any sort of race.
Eraserhead Press - Franz Kafka meets John Waters meets David Lynch meets Dr. Seuss of the post-apocalypse.
Leapfrog Press - Where the writer gets the attention they deserve.
NoPassport Press - A press that publishes plays because they're good, not because they're produced.
Outpost 19 - Truly provocative reading.
Scarletta Press - A traditional press pushing to stimulate conversation.
7 Stories Press - Books that aren't afraid to get political.
Top Shelf Productions - Welcomes all work, for an emerging author to great such as Alan Moore.
Two Dollar Radio - For books that stretch the limits of imagination.