The Banned Book Club launched by US Digital Public Library


The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has launched The Banned Book Club to ensure that readers in communities affected by book bans can now access banned books for free via the Palace e-reader app.

The Banned Book Club

The Banned Book Club makes e-book versions of banned books available to readers in locations across the United States where titles have been banned.

The e-books will be available to readers for free via the Palace e-reader app.

“At DPLA, our mission is to ensure access to knowledge for all and we believe in the power of technology to further that access,” said John S. Bracken, executive director of Digital Public Library of America.

“Today book bans are one of the greatest threats to our freedom, and we have created The Banned Book Club to leverage the dual powers of libraries and digital technology to ensure that every American can access the books they want to read.”

Utilising GPS-based geo-targeting, DPLA has established virtual libraries in communities across the United States where books have been banned.

When a reader is within a community served by a library that has been forced to ban a book, they can visit to see the exact books that have been banned in their area.

Then, they can download those books for free on any handheld device via the Palace e-reader app.

To access The Banned Book Club now, download the Palace app, and choose “Banned Book Club” as your library, then follow the prompts to sign up for a free virtual library card.

The new club is supported by FCB (Foote, Cone & Belding) Chicago and Current Global.

The DPLA amplifies the value of libraries and cultural organisations as trusted sources of shared knowledge.

DPLA fulfills its mission by collaborating with partners to accelerate the adoption of innovative tools and ideas to empower and equip libraries in making public information more accessible. DPLA’s e-book work is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.