As a Kindle reader, all I need to do to tell a Published book from an Indie book is to go to Amazon and click on books.Then a list appears with genre. One of the options is Indie books. If you click on any other genre, you will see a list of books with a hardcover and or a paperback price along with the Kindle price if the book has been converted to eBook form. Most prices here are above six dollars. If you go to Indie books, most are below six dollars. Fake publishers will not change that.
How would you classify books by authors who have reacquired their back-list from the original print publishing houses and are now publishing them under their own publishing house name and selling them for $2.99 to $5.99?
I am not implying that all Indie book publishers are fake. I was responding to a post from last month that advised Indie authors to "make up" a publishing house name and put it in your book because Amazon does not bother looking into its validity. In this way your book looks as if it has been preapproved by professionals before being published. I don't do this and do not feel any of us should. They even suggested a name that some authors have used.