If you’re concerned about quality in independent fiction, then check out the books on the Awesome Indies list. Their editorial staff only give their stamp of approval to books that meet the same standards as the mainstream. They save you the effort of wading through the slush pile yourself.
Here’s a selection of some of the excellent books from their list at http://awesomeindies.net. Pop over and browse their cyber-shelves for more great books in all genres.