About Book Riot

Always Books. Never Boring.

Book Riot is the largest independent editorial book site in North America and home to a host of media, from podcasts to newsletters to original content, all designed around diverse readers and across all genres. We’ve been recommending buzzy and under-the-radar books, celebrating the reading life, reporting on headlines from the world of books and publishing, and bringing readers the progressive, feminist, inclusive bookish content they love since 2011.

Our backgrounds are as varied and expansive as our expertise. Some of us are or have been booksellers, teachers, librarians, and authors. All of us are into books.

Book Riot By The Numbers:

These represent monthly numbers.

  • 3 million visitors to the site
  • 1.6 million social connections
  • 2.1 million emails
  • 309,000 podcast downloads

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Our Mission

We’re dedicated to the idea that writing about books and reading should be just as diverse as books and readers are. We began with the goal of leading a new discussion around books, readers, and publishing. Individually and collaboratively, we do the work each day to innovate fresh content and services to our readers, amplify voices from marginalized and underrepresented communities, and challenge ourselves and our community to be inclusive.

Because we value diversity and representation, we set standards for hiring and editorial content with the aim of reflecting current North American census and population data, which illustrate a far more diverse world than might be presumed based on publishing numbers and statistics. When we can’t find enough authors from marginalized and underrepresented communities to meet these standards in our content, we take the opportunity to critically examine why this might be. 

As of June 2023, 35% of Riot New Media Group’s staff are people of color, as are about 34% of Book Riot’s contributors. We are not satisfied with these numbers and are committed to continuing to work to make all aspects of the company more inclusive. 

Due to the small size of our staff, we do not release additional demographic information in order to protect the privacy of staff members from marginalized and underrepresented communities and prevent unwanted inquiries and potential harassment.

Please direct questions to: mission [at] riotnewmedia [dot] com

Our DEI Statement

For more info about our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and the action steps we’re taking to walk the walk, here’s our statement.

Our Community

We come from all paths of life. We embrace thoughtful dialogue from a multiplicity of perspectives. We value social justice, feminism, and inclusivity. We eschew snobbery.

Ownership

Book Riot is a Riot New Media Group property.