The freedom to read is essential to our democracy. Yet even as our society becomes increasingly diverse, the mainstream book and publishing ecosystem has not met that diversity with a diversity of voices.

And while there has been an unprecedented explosion of writing by small and indie publishers and self-published creators, many libraries and librarians do not yet have the tools they need to bring these materials into the library to provide access to the diverse communities we serve.

It is within the power of all players in the book and publishing ecosystem—from authors and content creators, to editors and publishers, to booksellers and libraries, all the way to readers—to assert the freedom to read as a freedom to read diverse, quality content of all kinds. Join us in raising our voices and raising the voices of those we do not yet often hear.