BDSM Books

If you‘re interested in learning more about kink, one of the best ways is through books. Why? While Google searches can sometimes be helpful, it can be hard to differentiate quality BDSM education from misleading info. Unfortunately, quite a few websites pass off BDSM myths as realistic depictions of the kink lifestyle. Inaccurate information not only reinforces stigmatizing stereotypes, it can also compromise your safety.

These are some of the most popular and trusted books written by reputable BDSM educators. You’ll find a little bit of everything on our list–BDSM 101, bondage instruction, D/s dynamics, the kink community, communication skills, and more.

No one BDSM book or resource will tell you everything you need to know. We also can’t tell you which one is the best BDSM book, that’s for you to decide. Our recommendations are a jumping-off point, not a complete list. Continue learning and seeking out different viewpoints.

Keep in mind that many of the classic kink education books were written many years ago. Language and culture are constantly changing so some of these texts may seem dated. Take what resonates with you and discard what doesn’t. Kink is yours to customize in whatever way suits you best.

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