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Banned Books Week

Celebrate Your Freedom to Read!

Every year hundreds of books are threatened with removal from schools and libraries across the country. Since 1990, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom has recorded more than 11,000 book challenges, including 460 in 2009.

Even though most of these challenges are made with the best of intentions (protecting people or children from difficult ideas), banning books prevents the freedom to choose and express opinions. Challenged books range from Mother Goose stories and the Harry Potter series to classics like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

The ALA’s annual Banned Books Week is going on this Sept. 25 – Oct. 2. Banned Books Week is the only national celebration of the freedom to read. Since its inception in 1982, Banned Books Week has served as a reminder that while not every book is intended for every reader, each of us has the right to decide for ourselves what to read, listen to or view.

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A Bibliophile’s Love of eBooks

eBookI still write letters instead of emails, buy my albums on vinyl and shoot photos with film. I don’t own an mp3 player and my cell phone is so old I often joke about needing MS-DOS codes to check my voicemail.

Yet, I am a firm believer in the power of the eBook and digital content. After all, I work at Lulu where gadget specs get thrown around the break room like sports stats.

There is a constant debate among writers and bibliophiles who abhor the thought of giving up paging through a smelly old book. Books have a culture with which they are associated and eBooks allegedly threaten that culture; but print books and eBooks do not have to be at war with one another. Instead, eBooks are able to act as the perfect supplement to a print book. In fact, authors who offer both sell 30% more print books.

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