May 21, 2022

More Than 50 U.S. Publishers and Others Petition Congress, President to End Cuba Book Embargo

From National Public Radio:

More than 50 major players in the U.S. publishing industry are petitioning the White House and Congress to end the Cuba trade embargo as it pertains to books and educational materials.

Calling the book embargo “counter to American ideals of free expression,” the petition — endorsed by publishing companies, authors and agents — says “books are catalysts for greater cross-cultural understanding, economic development, free expression, and positive social change.”

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Smashwords CEO Mark Coker provides “The Story Behind the Petition” in a post on the Smashwords Blog.

Read the Publishing Industry Petition, View List of  Signers (via Publishers Weekly)

Read and Sign (if Desired) the Public Petition (on

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