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Reader’s Bill of Rights

Jayne and I believe whole heartedly in the Reader’s Bill of Rights excerpted from the 1999 book by Daniel Pennac, Better Than Life.

1. The right not to read.
2. The right to skip pages.
3. The right to not finish.
4. The right to reread.
5. The right to read anything.
6. The right to escapism.
7. The right to read anywhere.
8. The right to browse.
9. The right to read out loud.
10. The right to not defend your tastes.


Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. sybil
    Apr 21, 2006 @ 11:14:56

    Very nice! It is just missing the right to disagree and the right to not ‘get it’.

    The authors have those rights as well. And really some… no most authors I have come in contact with are great about it. About reviews and with not thinking you are the goo on the bottom of their shoe if you didn’t ‘get’ their baby.

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