1000+ Authors for Libraries

Over 1,000 authors are speaking out on behalf of libraries, demanding that publishers and trade associations put the digital rights of librarians, readers, and authors ahead of shareholder profits.

Authors, inclusive of poets, academics, and those yet to be published, are encouraged to sign on to this statement in solidarity with libraries, asking that major publishers do not sue, intimidate, or smear libraries and librarians for preserving and expanding access to knowledge and stories of diverse experience.

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Libraries are a fundamental collective good. We, the undersigned authors, are disheartened by the recent attacks against libraries being made in our name by trade associations such as the Association of American Publishers and the Publishers Association: undermining the traditional rights of libraries to own and preserve books, intimidating libraries with lawsuits, and smearing librarians. 

We urge all who are engaged in the work of getting books into the hands of readers to act in the interests of all authors, including the long-marginalized, midlist, and emerging authors whom librarians have championed for decades. We write to ask that all publishers, distributors, and trade associations:

  1. Enshrine the right of libraries to permanently own and preserve books, and to purchase these permanent copies on reasonable terms, regardless of format.  Many libraries would prefer to own and preserve digital editions, as they have always done with print books, but these days publishers rarely offer them the option. Instead, when libraries have access to ebooks at all, the prices libraries pay to rent ebooks are often likened to extortion.

    Digital editions are more affordable to produce and often more accessible, but libraries are already relying on emergency funds and may only be able to license a small selection of mainstream works in the future. In turn, readers will have fewer opportunities to discover the more diverse potential bestsellers of tomorrow. 

    It is past time to determine a path forward that is fair to both libraries and authors—including a perpetual model for digital ownership based on the cost to maintain a print edition.
  1. End lawsuits aimed at intimidating libraries and diminishing their role in society. The interests of libraries are the interests of the public, and of any author concerned with equity and longevity for themselves and their fellow writers. We are all on the same side. Yet a unanimously passed Maryland state law ensuring libraries pay “reasonable fees” for digital editions died after the AAP sued. And after a previous suit failed, several publishers are currently suing the Internet Archive Library in an attempt to prohibit all libraries from lending out scanned copies of books they own. While undermining libraries may financially benefit the wealthiest and most privileged authors and corporations in the short term, this behavior is utterly opposed to the interests of authors as a whole.

  2. End smear campaigns against librarians. Recent comments likening library advocates to “mouthpieces” for Big Tech are as tasteless as they are inaccurate. Also concerning are the awards recently given to legislators who have advocated in favor of the dangerous surveillance of library patrons, and of laws that criminalize librarians. As a last bastion of truth, privacy, and access to diverse voices, libraries’ digital operations grow ever more essential to our society—and their work should be celebrated, not censured.

We fear a future where libraries are reduced to a sort of Netflix or Spotify for books, from which publishers demand exorbitant licensing fees in perpetuity while unaccountable vendors force the spread of disinformation and hate for profit. Publishers must balance profits for the most prominent authors and shareholders with the right of the public to free, unsurveilled access to knowledge and information—as well as the right of emerging authors to be collected, preserved, and discovered.

Sincerely,

The Undersigned

Neil Gaiman
Naomi Klein
Alok Vaid-Menon
Karen Joy Fowler
Hanif Abdurraqib
Seanan McGuire
Chuck Wendig
Daniel Ellsberg
Mercedes R. Lackey
Mattie Lubchansky
Franny Choi
Yesika Salgado
Kyle Lukoff
Mark Bray
Stephen D. Crocker
Tom Morello
Michael DeForge
Eleanor Davis
Bobby LeFebre
Tania Ørum
Annalee Newitz
Cameron Awkward-Rich
Molly Crabapple
Torrey Peters
Hugh Ryan
Cory Doctorow
Baratunde Thurston
E.C. Myers
Margaret Killjoy
Alyssa Milano
Saul Williams
Barry Eisler
Max Collins Eve6
Sadie Dupuis
Lawrence Lessig
Medea Benjamin
Lynne Thompson
Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg
Laurie Penny
Matt Forbeck
Marianne Díaz Hernández
Eli Valley
Roger McNamee
Lilly Wachowski
Amanda Palmer
David Wain
John Markoff
Ayesha Muzaffar
Sam Sax
Binx R Perino
Brittany Collins
Michelle Ruiz Keil
gabriel juan membreno
Evan Selinger
Nathan Schneider
alex benedict
Jazzib Akhtar
Diana Rosen
Emma C. Eisenberg
Julianna Douglas
Sarah Perchikoff
Ryan Eckes
Camonghne Felix
Hank Bromley
Mahogany L. Browne
Danez Smith
Hieu Minh Nguyen
Javon Johnson
Kim Kelly
R.M. Haines
Christine Cock
Amalia Tenuta
Elizabeth Metzger Sampson
Michelle M. Wu
Jean M Russell
Rachel Castro
Dinah Sanders
Jos Charles
David J. Farber
Miles Klee
Olivia Gatwood
Erik Leroy
Wendy Seltzer
Harold Feld
Katrine Buch Mortensen
Denice Frohman
Jonathan Poritz
Mahi Seid
Brough Turner
Lia Holland
Jeremy Hawkins
Laura Gibbs
Diannely Antigua
Jonathan Rosenberg
Alex Worrell
Jake Flores
Carrie Baize
Ashia Ajani
Joanne McNeil
Omkari Williams
Keith Ammann
Liza Lin
Mon M
Jason M. Karakehian
Brink Lindsey
Dan Gillmor
Talia Rothschild
Rachal Marquez Jones
Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodríguez
Larry O. Dean
Aarati Kasturirangan
Elizabeth Kate Switaj
Sangodare Julia Wallace
Eula Biss
Trevor Timm
Ernie Smith
Laura Stanfill
Sasha Costanza-Chock
MacKenzie River Foy
Rebecca Giblin
Anindita Sengupta
Glyn Moody
Scott Carney
D.J. Sylvis
Kay Savetz
Robin Marty
Féi Hernandez
Joy Young
Shanna Hollich
Diana Khoi Nguyen
Liz Duffy Adams
Mirta Wake
Margaret Gel
Spencer Ackerman
Harsha Walia
Jonathan Askin
Fullamusu Bangura
Ted Scheinman
Helge Høivik
Lucy Bernholz
Margaret Gel
Philip Metres
George Abraham
Jonathan Mendoza
Juhea Kim
Robert Berger
Ross Hernández
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Jonathan M. Katz
Julian Randall
Mary Wilson
Deborah J. Knuth Klenck
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C. Russell Price
Douglas Rushkoff
Karlin Lillington
Patrick Roche
Jerry Michalski
Robin DeRosa
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Gustavo A. Rivera
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Kora Schultz
Mike Masnick
Jillian York
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Howard Besser
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David Klein
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Siva Vaidhyanathan
Mona Eltahawy
Matt Haig
Kate Bornstein
Brian Cuban
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EL Grover
Alexandra Almeida
Ruth Taylor
Shannon Boote
Mariah Norris
Mel Miranda
Babette Adrian
L. J. Hawke
Audrey Howe
Kanani K Johnson
Graceli Kaye
Sam Jee
N.L. Bates
Misty Crowe
Constance Lopez
Megan Lynae Green
Myvishvi Barlog
Eric Seiden
Marie Parks
Deborah Jarvis
Diane L Velasquez, PhD
Ed Burns
Philipp Borucki
Holly Wade Matter
Anthony Rivera
Hunter T.S. Duke
E. N. Thomas
Sri Kandula
Jim Snowden
S.F. Williams
Beth Ruscio
Bruce A. Metcalf
Amelia Sides
A. W. Vining
Egil H. Stenseth
Emily C. Bruce
Tim Brooks
Cristian Pasat
Ulrich Kampffmeyer
Erotic Skye
Laura Govednik
Felipe Carvalho
Carrina Nieman
Mike Jung
Tracey Baptiste
Trevor Alixopulos
Kailey Alessi
Kristen Ethridge
Michael Hammond
Melora Dark
Jacinda Bullie
Karen Drellich
Aristarik Hubert Maro
Neha Jain
Nicole Baratta
Jennifer Ann Redmond
Harper Allen
Shalaena Medford
Tristan Laguz
Azam Saeed
F Barish-Stern
Kenneth Bray
Frederick Highland
Gregory Howard
Brian E Freemyer
Robert J Freemyer
Beverley Park Rilett
Sandra Shevey
Susan K. Hamilton
Katie Haegele
Rebecca Connors

What signatories are saying

Author Chuck Wendig said: “Libraries and librarians are champions of both the under-served reader and the under-seen writer. I used to work in the public library, and I cherished that the library helped writers find readers, and readers to find writers — and writers of every level, to boot, from midlist or bestseller or debut. It is vital we make sure these seeds are planted, watered, and allowed to grow unhindered.”

Author Cory Doctorow, whose forthcoming book Chokepoint Capitalism with fellow signatory Rebecca Giblin explores the harms of big content to creators, said: “Anyone who tells you libraries and authors are on the opposite side of *any* issue has grossly misunderstood the nature of libraries, or authors, or both. We are class allies and artistic comrades-in-arms.”

Author, PEN/Hemingway award winner, and first trans woman nominee for the Women’s Book Award Torrey Peters said:  “I flat-out owe my career as a trans author to the unimpeded circulation of digital books: the first trans books that inspired me were digital, my own first books were published digitally. Book stores didn’t carry our books at first. Therefore, any readers that have felt their own emotions changed by my published work–no matter in what medium–ultimately also owe that change to digital books. Everybody benefits when digital books are accessible.”

Author and Guggenheim Fellow Patricia Aufderheide said: Libraries are “palaces for the people,” as the title of Eric Klinenberg’s book says so well. They are learning spaces, safe spaces, caring spaces, public spaces. They allow members of the public to see themselves as equal to others and welcomed into this space. Libraries’ ability to collect, preserve, and share resources is a sine qua non of democracy. Bullies who pick on libraries are anti-democratic.”

Bestselling Author Matt Forbeck said: “Libraries were a formative part of me learning to read, and they should be free for all forever.”

Author Jeffery M. Reynolds said: “Copyright has in the past century been twisted to benefit corporations and other businesses, not creators and their estates, nor libraries who serve a public interest. It is high time to review how we have turned our system away from allowing the spread of knowledge while ensuring artists get duly paid into one where the wealthy extract endless rent from the hard work of others and limit public access to that knowledge.”

Poet Yesika Salgado said: “Without libraries my peers and myself wouldn’t have had the access to literature that we identify with and encouraged us to tell our own stories. To restrict their abilities to loan books is to stifle voices like ours “

New York Times bestselling author Scott Carney said: “Libraries are a vital institution to cultivate engaged readers.  Allowing them to carry books in formats that readers actually use only helps authors. Not allowing libraries to function puts the control of reading into the hands of big tech companies.”

Author Marianne Díaz Hernández said: “Libraries are the guardians and the bulwark of cultural diversity and inclusion, particularly for those who don’t have the means to access culture by other pathways. They are the place where people, particularly children, can access books and other materials about the topics that concern them, embarrass them, or that they don’t feel that they can talk with anyone else. The status of libraries as a place free of censorship and surveillance, to seek knowledge we need and stories that reflect us, is one of the keystones of a free, open, and democratic society, and every inch that we lose in this battle contributes to the disintegration of civic space.”

Author Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodríguez and founder of Latina Rebels said: “Libraries should be protected, it is how I first discovered my love of reading. There is no me the author without public libraries.”

Author Elizabeth Kate Switaj said: “I write because I want to be read. My most recently published book is on the Internet Archive—and that delights me. I also make use of online archival material frequently in my creative and critical work. Moreover, as a college administrator in a  small-island state (or, more accurately, a Big Ocean Nation), I know how important electronic resources are to global access and equity.”

Dan Gillmor, author and cofounder of News Co/Lab, an initiative to elevate news literacy and awareness at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, said: “Big Publishing would outlaw public libraries of it could — or at least make it impossible for libraries to buy and lend books as they have traditionally done, to enormous public benefit — and its campaign against the Internet Archive is a step toward that goal.”

Award-winning author David Weinberger said: “Publishers trying to limit the reach of libraries are hastening the death of literacy, of book culture, and of community pride in their educated differences.”

Author, and Faculty Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society Sasha Costanza-Chock said: “It’s absolutely shameful that publishers would try to destroy the efforts of the Internet archive. The future is open access publishing!”

Author Ernie Smith said: “Closing off libraries to fair access in the digital age closes off one of the most important tools for research we have. The Internet Archive’s controlled digital lending approach is an excellent way to quickly research topics from primary sources that may not have digital equivalents. The library should be allowed to reasonably keep up with the times, and we should not allow publishers to attempt to redefine it just because the format is changing.”

Award-winning poet and Guggenheim Fellow Philip Metres said: “The public library, to me, is the closest thing to a church for everyone–a place where people seek stories and answers to every question under the sun. Those who threaten that sacred space, who seek to reduce access to that temple of learning and exploration, are a danger to democracy itself.”

Author Mirta Wake said: “Retracting the ability to read from the poor will not net you more sales, it will simply limit the reach that your work could have. Libraries that lend e-books tend to require those borrowing to have devices to read them on, while the electronic lending of books as if they were physical ones via a PDF allows you to access the book no matter what device you are using to read on. Furthermore taking down Internet Archive and forcing all into physical libraries to borrow physical books fails to account for a) the mobility status of the borrower (are they even able?) and b) the availability of libraries in their area in the first place as more and more libraries disappear off the map to never re-appear ever again.”

Author and Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics at CUNY/Queens Douglas Rushkoff said: “Libraries rule. They are the clearest example of a commons that we can point to.”

Author Ashton Applewhite said: “Preserving traditional library rights is essential for free speech and the transmission of information in the digital age.”

Author Diana Rosen said: “Eternal vigilance is essential not for our democratic principles but for access to information, the key to an informed and responsive public. Long live our public libraries!”

Author Alex Benedict said: “Growing up in Brecksville, Ohio, my local parks system and library were my refuges. Beyond demanding that libraries be able to purchase books for permanent use in any format as well as be protected from lawsuits and harassment, I hope that small presses can establish closer relationships with libraries. Cleveland publisher and poet d.a.levy freely shared his books with many libraries across and beyond Ohio. Although many libraries may be resistant to alternative forms of literature, small presses and authors can set an example against conglomerate publisher financialization by taking sharing books with libraries.”

Poet and co-organizer Jonathan Mendoza said: “I want a future in which authors and artists are fairly compensated for their work and where their works can still be affordable and accessible to everyone most affected by capitalism and inequity. Libraries, and their ability to lend e-books in a reasonable manner, are key to this outcome. The ever-more-common profit-driven efforts of major publishers to drive up the cost to access literature should distress us all. I encourage authors to join this letter in support of libraries and of the more equitable and accessible future that our works so often seek to build.”

Engineer, VTuber, comedian, voice-over artist, digital content creator, and author Margaret Gel said: “Humanity will never be free, never colonize the stars, never advance as a species, as a people, as a civilization, as long as information remains shackled by Capitalism.”

Author and retired University of Oklahoma Professor Laura Gibbs said: “I make sure to upload all the books for which I control the rights to the Internet Archive: it’s the library I use most, and I am proud to see my books there.”

Prof. Dr. Ellen Euler said: “Libraries are crucial for a functioning democratic knowledge society. In times of multi-crises and populist propaganda, they should be able to fulfill their mission in the best possible way, including via digital and networked media!”

Author and poet Dominick Knowles said: “Solidarity with library workers, archivists, and all those who make public knowledge possible against the privatizing forces of capital.”

Author Robert Berger said: “Enough of Corporations trying to shove Artificial Scarcity down our throats!”

Author Steven K. Stroh said: “The Internet Archive is an absolute treasure of the modern era. As an author, I want my works to be made widely available to the public, in perpetuity, through non-commercial organizations such as Internet Archive.”

Author Jerry Michalski said: “Through their overzealous overprotection of intellectual property, the copyright industries have set civilization back considerably. Profit maximization and collective intelligence are at odds with each other.”

Author Ricardo Dominguez said: “Free Archives are the only manner of making sure that information will be available to all people now and in the future. We cannot fully depend on current and developing platforms for pay-only access to make knowledge available to all.”

Author Chris Tilly said: “Libraries are a cornerstone of democracy. They are at their best when they introduce people to new ideas, so it is critical that they present diverse views and experiences, and provide a wide range of published work.”

Sean O’Brien of Yale Privacy Lab said: “Just as the printing press and pamphleteers democratized the sharing of text and artwork centuries ago, we must fight to ensure that 21st Century reading and sharing includes creation and dissemination of digital copies as well as backups of books. Libraries are a public institution we should cherish, and librarians must be supported in their mission to archive and distribute public knowledge and creative works.”

Poet and writer Raina J. León said: “Ideas, imagination, compassion, community are the ways of life. Let us walk with that alignment and attunement!”

Author Jeff Sharlet said: “Libraries saved my life as a young reader, and I’ve seen them do as much and more for so many others. At a time when libraries are at the frontlines of fascism’s assault on democracy, it is of greater importance than ever for writers to stand in solidarity with librarians in defense of the right to share stories. Democracy won’t survive without it.”

Author Erin Taylor said: “The Internet Archive is a public good. Libraries are a public good. Only the most intellectually deprived soul would value profit over mass access to literature and knowledge.”

Author Kate Bornstein said: “I grew up in the 1950s and 60s. There was no internet, but there was the Asbury Park Public Library. That’s where I discovered books about the Weimar Republic, Magnus Hirschfeld, and American ex patriots living in Paris. I learned the word invert, and I knew that was me. It was a public library that laid open my horizons. with today’s attacks on LGBTQ people, we need libraries now more than ever.”

Author Mike Godwin said: “When you consider how many library patrons will become (or already are) lifetime book buyers, the shortsightedness of the publishers who attack libraries and librarians is stark. Fortunately for the rest of us, the librarians by temperament and training are used to taking the long view. America, I’m putting my geek shoulder to the wheel in support of librarians. (The librarians will quickly catch the allusion.)”

Author Zin E. Rocklyn said: “We must support libraries, librarians, and what they stand for: the freedom of diverse education.”

Author Andrea Vocab Sanderson said: “Representation is so important. Empowering people to share their narratives with the largest audience possible will be the most impactful for all generations.”

Author Rafael J. González said: “Libraries are sacrosanct keepers of the word; nothing must stand in the way of their sacred function.”

Author Bruce Edwards said: “Libraries are essential to the life of a civilization. As more and more of the population accesses its information electronically, it is just as vital to have free and open access to digital books as physical books. Without access to the world of ideas and the flow of information, the world will become barren of freedom of thought and inspiration. Corporations are already doing plenty to ensure the destruction of the world with their zero-sum ideology. Libraries—and FREE access to books—is the only bulwark the majority of the world has against the overwhelming thought process of our time: more for me, less for you.”

Author Jim Alan said: “For many people today, libraries are their only access to books and information. For many others, such as myself for example, they served as matchmakers by introducing readers to new authors. I discovered Robert Jordan in such a manner and now own the entire Wheel of Time. As a soon-to-be-punished author, I hope my books are found in the same way, to become just as cherished. Libraries are one of the most important linchpins to a free, fair, and informed society. They are hallowed and, dare I say it, storied institutions that should be treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.”

Author Kat Fury said: “As an author it is embarrassing to see any publishers behaving in this manner. Libraries allow people to find stories. The business aspect follows, a reader for a book is a reader for another. The love of reading means often buying books when you can. Give access and it brings money.”

Author Victoria Hansen said: “I am a young playwright who depends on libraries and open information to write my monologues. If that were to disappear, I wouldn’t be able to write the way I do.”

Author Bradford McCormick, Ed.D. said: “Libraries are especially important for persons who cannot afford to buy the books they read and who therefore would not contribute to authors’ royalties even without libraries, but who would be more intellectually (spiritually) in addition to already being financially impoverished, without libraries.”

Author Alexander von Essen said: “Fight further dismantling of human knowledge! We need more libraries, not more Amazons!”

Author Sydney Bredenberg said: “Keep libraries free. The free discussion of individual ideas benefits everyone in a free society.”

Author Manoj Barpujari said: “Libraries are symbols of human history and accomplishments. Libraries represent civil norms and beauty. Why on earth they shouldn’t be preserved and enhanced as centres of knowledge, learning, aesthetics and reservoirs of what civilisations achieved so far?”

Author David Abel said: “As a published author, professional editor, small press publisher, and bookstore owner for more than thirty years in states across the country, I have seen that libraries are indispensable to the health of both literature and society as a whole, and they cannot serve the broad public that need them most without support from all quarters — especially from those who are in the best position to support, not antagonize them. The corporate publishers who are squeezing libraries for digital titles would have no market whatsoever if not for a century and a half of free public library service.”

Author Wesley Parish said: “Growing up in the Papua New Guinean bush it began to bother me about the same time it began to bother Jared Diamond and Yali, and a whole lot of other folk in PNG as well, about why the Europeans were so much better equipped than the Papua New Guineans. One aspect of the answer, which occurred to me in High School in Canberra a few years later, was that Europeans were able to record information, so they could do things with it that were impossible without such information storage in the form of books. Then later I discovered that the monastic dissolution ordered by one of the English kings had eradicated a majority of their libraries. And likewise the destruction of the Library of Alexandria had erased a significant amount of information about the past – primarily ancients’ self-knowledge, because the storage of information had already led to an increase in scientific information. The parallel between the restraint of trade in the form of knowledge that these lawsuits represent, and the burning of physical libraries at various times, is disturbing to contemplate.”

Author Roger Bird said: “My books are published under a Creative Commons Licence so I have no objection to non commercial use. The Internet Archives are the major source for my historical research.”

Author Marie Farge said: “Ideas and scientific results are not of the same nature as material products, because when we share them, we do not lose them. Knowledge is therefore not a product to be sold, but a common good to be shared freely.”

Author Stephen Robertson said: “I’ve donated copus of my two books to local libraries. The books encourage people to read. Libraries share knowledge. It’s a win-win for us all, because it opens authors to new readers, and readers to new authors!”

Author Anna Witoniak said: “For civilisation to flourish all people need access to information and various points of view.”

Author Joe Forrest said: “Stories are meant for everyone, not the privileged. They are the glue that holds our society together. Stop this madness.”

Author George Neville-Neil said: “Libraries are how I and most other authors learned to write. Strangling libraries cuts off the very air that young and aspiring authors breathe.”

Author Christine Minton Anderson said: “I teach the world and would like my work to be available to all. I’m not able to travel far and wide to satisfy my eclectic reading interests. Libraries and librarians are my heroes. I chose a university based on the library and one of the highlights of my life was being able to spend time in the rare books room reading all of Vardis Fisher’s novels. I would not want to have books like these unavailable to readers.”

Author and past president of the Michigan Press Association W. Edward Wendover said: “Publishers who fight libraries are shortsighted or putting profits ahead of public good. We fought this battle early on with newspaper publishers too.”

Author Leyla Oya said: “Society can only grow through education. The system is already geared to prevent those in communities from having proper access to the tools of learning. Do not be a part of that system. Allow ALL no matter their background, race, gender, sex etc. to thrive in the beauty of a library. For where there are libraries there is true equality. There is the opportunity to thrive, engineer, and create. Give the generations present and future the option and ability to open their own doors towards knowledge.”

Author B.M. Francisco said: “One of the fondest memories I have as a child is going to the school library or the local public library to check out a book. It was so wonderful to read about characters such as Pippi Longstockings, Madeline, or Charlotte and feel a connection with them. To this day, I still hold dear those darling little white books by Beatrix Potter and the stories she shared via the pages of a book. Please do not deny future cherished memories from being made simply by going to the library.”

Author Diego Luis Morales Rivera said: “Libraries are indispensable to my research as an independent scholar. We must protect them, their staff, and the people they serve.”

Author Ann Franchi said: “I have discovered so many great authors through libraries. Authors whose books I have gone on to buy. Authors whose books I would never have bought, had it not been for libraries.”

Author Nakisha Smith said: “It is heinous to think that libraries would be put on trial! Music was taken out of schools, women’s rights overturned, and now this attack on libraries? People attend colleges to obtain degrees in Library Sciences. A person who would say something like this to a library has low regard for social, cultural, and ethical values.”

Author Kezia Thompson said: “Libraries are important. I’ve read most, or all, of the books I’ve drawn inspiration from, from the library. Support our libraries! We won’t be the same without them.”

Author Sandra John said: “Libraries have a sacred trust to preserve the records of human life and thought. They are an essential public service. Publisher’s have a part to play in that and should be supporting, not undermining, libraries. Shame on them for putting (unjustifiable) private profits before the public good.”

Author Marilyn Montalvo said: “Any attempt to restrict access to library resources and collection development by any means is in violation of the right to information granted in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and an assault to democracy.”

Author Jim Dawson said: “The internet archive keeps the learning key to human advancement alive. The archive actively fosters freedom of thought, which outweighs any pecuniary concern.”

Author Mary Fitzpatrick said: “My love of learning and my love of the written word were first fostered in a small-town library. Librarians are the saints of literacy, and libraries are the churches. ENABLE THEM for a stronger democracy, smarter populace, upward mobility, and richer arts!”

Author Maude Pagan said: “Books are our future. Librarians are the keepers of the past, present, and future. Help people to continue to freely access books, no matter the format, so that humanity may continue to teach and learn.”

Author Ariadne Ross said: “The Internet Archive is an indispensible resource for everyone, but especially so for those of us who live abroad and have little if any access to books in our native languages.”

Author Dan Lee said: “Readers who might otherwise not be afforded the ability to read, experience, and broaden their horizons deserve to have access without threats or intimidation from corporations and politicians acting in the interest of financial gain.”

Author Renée Hornischfeger said: “Aside from all the aforementioned reasons, let us not forget that libraries are a public place that can bring people together (Authors for book signings, students for study groups, etc) my father took my siblings and I to libraries when we were little to A: develope a love for books. B: have a fun, quiet, safe place to bond (we couldn’t always afford amusement parks and the like). Libraries make us all family to some extent, through our mutual love of reading.”

Author Duygu Nur Arabaci said: “Academic texts like articles and books usually are behind exorbitant fees, rendering a lot of them inaccessible to the public. While the authors are usually not being paid anything at all to write and peer review these articles and book chapters. The profits that publishers make should not be at the cost of people the text is meant to reach, and the people who create the work.”

Author Harmony Williams said: “Libraries are the pillars of our communities. They’re a solace in times of need and a way to open our minds to the realities other people face. The fact that publishers see an opportunity for profit in that is sickening and it has to stop.”

Author John Daily said: “The majority of my first play, So Long, Mr. Broadway, was written in libraries across New York state. Indeed, it’s where I prefer to do most of my writing. Once silent sanctums of the “shush!”, libraries are now living, thriving communities, each with its own personality. They deserve to be recognized, respected, and preserved.”

Author Timothy Royce said: “An attack on libraries is an attack on humanity, and humanity needs desperately to evolve past the selfishness and elitist atrocities perpetuated by capitalism.

Author Melara Dark said: “Books are the gateways to other worlds, and libraries are the hub that launches us through these gateways, connecting us not only to what it means to be human inside ourselves, but what it means to be human in the wider universe. To shackle and extort libraries is to shackle and distort the quintessential nature of what it means to be human; to erase the precious decorations we add to our lives that make it so we can thrive and not just survive.”

Author Bianca Phipps said: “I’m proud to stand in solidarity with librarians. Open access to and preservation of knowledge is of the utmost importance—high above profits and greed.”

Author Jesse Parent said: “Access to knowledge is a pillar that the wider, public Internet was built upon. The only interests this serves are those who would quell that access and seek to control it.”

Author Robin Davidson said: “Democracy depends on the freedom of the heterogenous imagination, where empathy, conscience, and the possibility of hope can be cultivated, transform our lives; the literary arts—books—with their many linguistic musics and meanings are democracy in action. Libraries steward books as artifacts of shared culture and make those available to all of us. Our socioeconomic status, e.g. our ability to BUY books, should not determine what texts we are or are not permitted to read. A democratic society is not exclusive–it is grounded in access and plurality.”

Author Stephen Landry said: “Libraries are our past, present, and future. They are a preservation of our history and imagination. It is our duty to make sure that libraries are preserved not just for knowledge but for every child or adult whose ever had a bad day and needed a new world to escape into, a new hobby to discover, or a place to be themselves.”

Author Josh K Stevens said: “As an author, an educator, a Library Board president, and a free-thinking human being, it seems completely ludicrous that these attacks are happening on libraries in a land where thoughts, knowledge, information, and opinions are supposed to be celebrated and free. Our society, our country, our world needs access to more books, more information, so that we can attain that knowledge and move forward into the future with a greater wisdom, in hopes of not repeating the mistakes of the past.”

Author Cat Russell said: “Libraries are an author’s biggest resource. Libraries, more than any other institution, support local authors and help them progress in their craft. The idea of sabotaging libraries in the name of creator rights is absurd as well as harmful to the future of literacy.”

Author Rissa Renae said: “As an Indie author, I find this a truly sad time we live in, all in the name of the mighty dollar. Our stories are not for corporate gain, they are for the world to read, enjoy, and share. Our words belong to everyone, not to corporations who want to buy new cars and diamond rings.”

Author Eric Seiden said: “As I was growing up, libraries helped shape my love for books. Taking away that ability makes it seem like there’s a totalitarian regime in charge of the publishers doing this. Libraries are good and publishers should be thrilled someone is trying to keep the reading public alive as (sadly) bookstores continue to falter at an alarming rate.”

Author Beth Rusico said: “I come from a long line of autodidacts. When I was piecing together my own graduate course in poetry, taking workshops with required reading, and armed with an insatiable curiosity about authors’ oeuvres, I could have done NONE of it without the two libraries I regularly visit.
Of modest means, I couldn’t have afforded the many books that educated me and that I can still visit and check out any time I want. This is many, many others’ story. You bet, we’ve gotta fight for the future of libraries. It frightens me to think of a future without them, and just as dire, the “sanitized, censored” versions that could replace them.”

Author Tim Brooks said: “Locking up knowledge for profit is antithetical to a free and informed society. It sets us back centuries. I urge that copyright, conceived as protection for creators, is not twisted into a tool of control and exploitation by powerful interests.”

Author Laura Govednik said: “The very idea that libraries are under attack is an atrocity that needs to stop. Choosing greed over access for lower income families is downright cruel and unusual punishment just for not making enough money. Too many treasures are found at libraries. Too many good memories are built there.”

Author Tristan Laguz said: “We writers are like trees making fruits, only that our fruits are food for thought rather than for the stomach. And like a tree does everything it can to get its fruits eaten and thus its seeds spread, so a true author does all they can to get people to eat the fruits of their mind and spread them. The tree does the other living beings that eat its fruit the favor of feeding them, but they also do the tree a favor … the greatest of all favors, in fact: spreading its lineage. Libraries, the houses of our books, do for us authors what the other living things do for trees, and for that, we ought to be thankful. In fact, they do more: They keep our works safe for the future. Technically, it is we who ought to reward the bookhouses, not the other way round. But not only do some publishers and people who call themselves “authors” not acknowledge this and not thank the bookhouses for spreading and protecting their works AND paying them, but they want to charge libraries outrageous fees for the services that they get from the latter! Furthermore, these monopolists seek to massively restrict the bookhouses’ freedom to teach the public and spread their works by hampering and threatening the libraries with ludicrous lawsuits. In doing so, they are not only oppressing the public and infringing upon everyone’s right to freedom of information, but cutting off the branch they are sitting on and biting the hand that feeds them. Moreover, they are hypocritical and self-contradictory: If not for their own free access to the mind fruits of those who came before them, if not for their ability to freely stand on the shoulders of giants, could they have grown the mind fruits they seek to monopolize?”