Shelf Media Group no longer produces issues of Shelf Unbound or offers other services. This website remains in memoriam of Margaret Brown.

About Shelf Unbound Indie Book Review Magazine


Shelf Media Group is the publisher of Shelf Unbound indie book review magazine. We also host the annual Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Independently Published Book. And we’ve recently launched Shelf Media Author Services, offering professional-level copyediting and proofing to self-published and traditionally published authors.

Shelf Unbound indie book review magazine features the best of small press and self-published books. Each issue reaches 125,000 avid readers in more than 70 countries. A 2015 Maggie Award WINNER for Best Digital-Only Magazine, Shelf Unbound is known for its in-depth interviews with authors ranging from unsung talents to Pulitzer Prize winners, as well as to what Publisher’s Weekly described as its rich design.

Podster is a magazine for podcast listeners and serves as a curator for the best of known and unknown podcasts. Each issue features interviews with podcasters about themselves and their shows as well as reviews and roundups, so that listeners can learn more about their favorite podcasts and discover new ones.

Shelf Media offers professional-level copyediting and proofing for self-published and traditionally published authors.



Shelf Media hosts the annual Shelf Unbound Best Indie Book Competition for best self-published or independently published book, receiving entries from May 1 to October 1 each year. In addition to prizes, the winner, finalists, and more than 100 notable books from the competition are featured in the December/January issue of Shelf Unbound.

This year, we will launch the Podster "Best Undiscovered Podcast" Competition. Details can be found on our competition page.