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The BIG Library: Books About Universal Basic Income (UBI)

Last Updated: September 14, 2021

Scott Santens
May 25, 2016 · 13 min read

People consider me an expert on the topic of basic income and so I’m frequently asked for book recommendations. Because of that, I’ve decided to put together a comprehensive list here on Medium which I will make a point of updating as new books are released and old books are discovered. If you don’t see a book here and think it should be listed, please let me know so I can add it.

Optionally, if you wish to purchase one of these books, please consider using Amazon Smile which you can do by changing in the url to or via the Amazon app with Smile activated. This will give a portion of the purchase to charity, and the charity I recommend is GiveDirectly because that will help support their historic 12 year long universal basic income experiment in West Africa, or Humanity Forward Foundation, because that will help UBI happen in the United States.

Also, due to popular request, books of fiction that include basic income can be found at the end of this list. And if you’re looking for academic papers to read instead, there’s Basic Income Studies which is a peer-reviewed journal, and here’s a great list of discussion papers on and also

And if you’re looking for a UBI book entirely written by me, I haven’t published one yet, but this long-form article is the closest thing I have to one.

Note: List is ordered by release year chronological order























Basic Income in Fiction

This resource was compiled thanks to a crowdfunded monthly basic income. If you find value in this list, you can support it along with all my advocacy for UBI with a monthly pledge of $1.

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Special thanks to Arjun Banker, Steven Grimm, Larry Cohen, Topher Hunt, Aaron Marcus-Kubitza, Andrew Stern, Patrick, Stephane Boisvert, Albert Wenger, Richard Just, Chris Smothers, Joel Leoj, Jeff Marshall, Mark Witham, Gisele Huff, Lainie Petersen, Skye MacLeod, Vladimir Baranov, Victor Vurpillat, Catherine MacDonald, David Ihnen, Danielle Texeira, Katie Doemland, Paul Wicks, Jan Smole, Joe Esposito, Jack Wagner, Joe Ballou, Stuart Matthews, Natalie Foster, Chris McCoy, Michael Honey, Gary Aranovich, Kai Wong, John David Hodge, Louise Whitmore, Dan O’Sullivan, Harish Venkatesan, Michiel Dral, Gerald Huff, Susanne Berg, Cameron Ottens, Kian Alavi, Gray Scott, Andreas, Kevin Baker, Lawrence W, Lee, Kirk Israel, Robert Solovay, Jeff Schulman, Andrew Henderson, Robert F. Greene, Martin Jordo, Victor Lau, Shane Gordon, Paolo Narciso, Johan Grahn, Tony DeStefano, Erhan Altay, Bryan Herdliska, Dave Shelton, Rise & Shine PAC, Luke Sampson, Lee Irving, Kris Roadruck, Amy Shaffer, Thomas Welsh, Olli Niinimäki, Casey Young, Elizabeth Balcar, Masud Shah, Allen Bauer, all my other funders for their support, and my amazing partner, Katie Smith.

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Scott Santens writes and speaks about the idea of unconditional basic income. He is also the Editor of Basic Income Today. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Reddit where he is a moderator for the /r/BasicIncome subreddit.

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