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Become a verified book author

Have you published a book? Would you like to feature it on your Medium profile? Here’s how!

You will notice a new blue book badge next to author’s names, and a featured book on profile pages.
  • Who can apply for verification? Anyone can! You also don’t have to be a member, or need to be in the Partner Program. All you need is a Medium account with your name, a photo, and your bio filled in… and a published book with an ISBN (International Standard Book Number).
  • Does it cost money? Nope!
  • Will my stories get distributed more if I’m verified? No, there will not be any special treatment given to stories from verified authors. This is meant primarily as a way to present helpful context to stories and profiles. Logic for distributing stories beyond your followership will continue to be tied directly to the quality of the stories and relevance to reader interests.
  • Why is this restricted to books with ISBNs? We need a way to verify the existence of a book in the world, and the International Standard Book Number is a system that allows us to do just that. Obviously, authors can create their own books that don’t have ISBNs, but for now we’re limiting verification to those who do.
  • Will you open up verification to more categories over time? Maybe! We’re starting with book authors to introduce the concept of verification on Medium, and to invite the community to share their thoughts about verification in general. We welcome any and all constructive feedback here, along with ideas for where we might take verification on Medium next.
  • Brad Stulberg, author of The Practice of Groundedness
  • Brandeis Marshall, author of Data Conscience: Algorithmic Siege on our Humanity
  • Camille Fournier, author of The Manager’s Path: A Guide for Tech Leaders Navigating Growth and Change
  • Chaz Hutton, author of A Sticky Note Guide to Life
  • Clive Thompson, author of Coders: The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World
  • Cory Doctorow, author of Chokepoint Capitalism: How Big Tech and Big Content Captured Creative Labor Markets and How We’ll Win Them Back
  • Devon Price, author of Laziness Does Not Exist and Unmasking Autism
  • Dmitry Zinoviev, author of Complex Network Analysis in Python; Pythonic Programming; and Resourceful Code Reuse
  • Donald J. Robertson, author of How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius
  • Douglas Rushkoff, author of Survival of the Richest; Life, Inc.; Present Shock; Program or Be Programmed; Team Human; and Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus
  • Fabricio Teixeira, author of Introduction & Best Practices in UX Design
  • George Kao, author of Joyful Productivity for Solopreneurs: Gentle Practices for Consistent Creativity, Wellbeing and Deep Meaning in Work
  • James Stanier, author of Become an Effective Software Engineering Manager: How to Be the Leader Your Development Team Needs and Effective Remote Work: For Yourself, Your Team, and Your Company
  • Madison Schott, author of The ABCs of Analytics Engineering: A Complete Guide to Getting Started on This Career Path
  • Marianne Bellotti, author of Kill It With Fire: Manage Aging Computer Systems (and Future Proof Modern Ones) and Hiring Engineers
  • Mark Humphries, author of The Spike: An Epic Journey Through the Brain in 2.1 Seconds
  • Nir Eyal, author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products and Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life
  • Sara Benincasa, author of Agorafabulous!: Dispatches From My Bedroom; DC Trip; Great; and Real Artists Have Day Jobs
  • Scott Belsky, author of Making Things Happen and The Messy Middle
  • Scott Galloway, author of Adrift: America in 100 Charts
  • Sheri Byrne-Haber, CPACC, author of Giving a Damn About Accessibility
  • Yevgeniy Brikman, author of Hello, Startup: A Programmer’s Guide to Building Products, Technologies, and Teams; and Terraform: Up and Running



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Buster Benson

Book Author

Product at @Medium. Author of “Why Are We Yelling? The Art of Productive Disagreement”. Notetaker at busterbenson.com. Builder of new.750words.com.