Banned Books Week garners headlines and is easy to support, but some believe its an anachronism that ‘traffics in fear-mongering over censorship.’
The Guardian reports that the New Zealand government has banned Ted Dawe’s award-winning YA novel, Into the River, after protests from a Christian group.
The Audiovisual and Radio State Committee of the Ukraine has found 38, mostly political science books, “anti-Ukrainian” and banned them.
PEN America has issued a report on China’s book market entitled ‘Censorship and Conscience: Foreign Authors and the Challenge of Chinese Censorship.’
Upstart publishers in Iran are using ebooks and digital-only distribution as a way to circumvent government censors in Iran and reach willing readers.
Publishers in the Middle East describe how they are trying to get around daily challenges, in particular falling book sales, resulting from instability.
When Sweetwater Books declined to publish a book with a co-author’s biography that mentioned a ‘partner,’ the book found a new, better home: Scholastic.
Creators of the Clean Reader app will no longer sell books after receiving complaints from authors that their works were being altered without permission.
At The Irwaddy, U San OO, owner of Seikku Cho Cho publishing house spoke about the development of Burmese publishing, translations and ebooks in the country.
The UK’s Daily Mail reports that Oxford University Press has banned sausages and pigs from children’s books in an attempt “to avoid offense.”