December 5, 2023


“What the bans are doing is they are not letting these marginalized individuals inform their story.”

A common view of environment throughout MoveOn’s nationwide Banned Bookmobile tour launch at Sandmeyer’s Bookstore on July 13, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois. Daniel Boczarski/Getty Photographs for MoveOn

Should you’re on the lookout for a option to struggle the rising motion of ebook bans in Florida, you’re not alone. 

Serving to readers within the Sunshine State is the concept behind a brand new mission,, launched by native tech entrepreneur and Kayak co-founder Paul English and Joyce Linehan, a former coverage chief for the Metropolis of Boston and member of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

The platform permits libraries, instructional establishments, and anybody residing in Florida to obtain a banned ebook for simply the price of transport. Anybody can donate to help the initiative or “order a ebook that has been banned from native colleges or libraries to be shipped to somebody in Florida,” in response to the initiative’s web site. A greenback from each order will probably be donated to the Florida Freedom to Learn Mission.

English and Linehan are working collectively on the mission with nonprofit Electrical Literature and, which donates income on to unbiased bookstores.

A September report by PEN America discovered that Florida now leads the nation in ebook bans — greater than 40 p.c of the ebook bans in america are going down within the Sunshine State. 

“Should you take a look at the authors behind the books which might be banned, they’re largely BIPOC, Black, homosexual, Indigenous,” English advised GBH. “They’re individuals which were marginalized with extra makes an attempt to marginalize them. And so what the bans are doing is that they’re not letting these marginalized individuals inform their story. They’re as a substitute attempting to inform a really completely different story about American historical past and our society”

Based on GBH, the price of the mission is being lined by a $100,000 funding by English.

The West Roxbury native advised The Boston Globe he was an everyday on the native library rising up and that he knew he needed to do one thing in regards to the ebook bans when began listening to in regards to the rising challenges to texts throughout the nation. 

“Not everybody can afford to journey all over the world, however in books, you possibly can,” he advised the newspaper. “You’ll be able to open your thoughts exterior your bubble.”

Linehan advised GBH she is alarmed by the continued restrictions throughout the nation. 

“Mental freedom is the very cornerstone of our democracy and it must be protected,” she advised the station. “It’s a elementary piece of the First Modification rights that now we have as People.”

If profitable, the English and Linehan will work to develop the mission to different states, together with Texas, and Missouri.