7 Stats About Diversity In Book Publishing That Prove SO Much Work Needs To Be Done
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By Kerri Jarema
The diversity movement in books is nothing new. Readers and writers have long talked about making space for marginalized voices in literature, thus ensuring that every reader sees themselves represented in books. But, according to recent stats about diversity in books, there is still so much work to be done.
There has been a growth in diverse representation in almost every area of the publishing industry, especially since the We Need Diverse Books campaign was launched in 2014, and publishers, authors, readers, and reviewers all seem to be more outspoken than ever about the need for inclusivity across genres. That being said, the industry is still falling short in a number of ways. Below, I've compiled various recent studies that break down just how widespread the problem is. It's not just about what kind of books are being published; it's also about who's reviewing the books and who's being awarded for the books.
The first step to creating an industry that truly embraces and fights for diversity at every level is taking stock of where publishing is now and where growth is most necessary. Here's hoping these numbers offer more motivation to make it happen — because a more diverse book world is better for everyone: