Equality in Publishing continues the work of the Diversity in Publishing Network (Dipnet), which was established by Elise Dillsworth and Alison Morrison in 2004 in response to a survey undertaken by Arts Council England and The Bookseller. The survey results highlighted the lack of ethnic diversity within publishing. Dipnet was created to address the concerns of groups traditionally underrepresented within all areas of the industry.
From 2006-2012, Dipnet was managed by Booktrust. Following a successful Arts Council England bid, Dipnet’s projects are now managed at City University London under the new name Equality in Publishing, a change reflecting the wider remit to address the nine protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010.