Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Ask Mrs. Wizard - Most Frequently Censored Books?

Thanks for letting me know Jon!
Hi, Cindy! I thought you might want to link to this story. The American Library Association released this year's list of the most-frequently censored books - and interestingly, 7 of the 10 most-censored books are now available on Amazon's Kindle — more than twice as many as last year." Included in the top 10 are two best-selling novels - Twilight and The Hunger Games - as well as Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. And The Color Purple -- a frequent target of book censors -- also became available in a Kindle edition last week.

The ALA's annual list celebrates "the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment," highlighting "the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship..."  And I like to think that the availability of many titles in a digital format suggests the Kindle might have a role to play in fighting the censorship of books.
Jon Cog, Editor
"Me and My Kindle" blog