About Book Riot

We’re Different

Book Riot is dedicated to the idea that writing about books and reading should be just as diverse as books and readers are. So sometimes we are serious and sometimes silly. Some of our writers are pros. Many of them aren’t. We like a good list just as much as we like a good review. We think you can like both J.K. Rowling and J.M. Coetzee and that there are smart, funny, and informative things to say about both and that you shouldn’t have to choose.

And the only thing we like as much as books is talking about books with other readers. So welcome to Book Riot—you seem like our kind of people.

Our Beliefs

  1. We create.
  2. We always prefer the book to the movie.
  3. We riot as a team.
  4. We geek out on books, embarrassingly so.
  5. We’re leaders.
  6. We practice charity.
  7. We miss our subway stop cause the book is that good.
  8. We are non-traditional.
  9. We believe in family (bookshelves and cats count).

We Practice Charity

first book smallBook Riot is a for profit venture that practices charity. We give two percent of gross revenue (no funny math, just 0.02 times revenue) to organizations whose efforts promote social justice in the areas of literacy, health, gender or educational equity. First Book is our current charitable partner.

First Book provides access to new books for children in need. Since 1992, First Book has distributed more than 125 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children throughout the United States and Canada. First Book is transforming the lives of children from low-income families and elevating the quality of education by making new, high-quality books available on an ongoing basis.

First Book has pioneered groundbreaking channels to provide new books for free and at deeply reduced prices to more than 165,000 schools and programs serving children in need. Through partnerships with leading publishing companies, First Book secures high-quality titles that help educators create enriched learning experiences for their students.


Book Riot is a Riot New Media Group property.

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