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There’s an Uncensored Library in Minecraft
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There’s an Uncensored Library in Minecraft

“It didn’t come from the Government down. There was no dictum, no declaration, no censorship, to start with, no! Technology, mass exploitation, and minority pressure carried the trick, thank God. There is more than one way to burn a book.” Ray Bradbury. The E-JSD is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my...

Librarians Complained About Being “Windowed” for E-Books by Large Publishing House in 2019
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Librarians Complained About Being “Windowed” for E-Books by Large Publishing House in 2019

“I have an unshaken conviction that democracy can never be undermined if we maintain our library resources and a national intelligence capable of utilizing them.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt, in a letter to publisher Herbert Putnam Unlike our previous reporting on book censuring with libraries, NPR recently reported on the state of the e-book business....

Banned Books Week, YA Books Removed from a Junior High, and Five Get Imprisoned in Hong Kong for Publishing a Children’s Book.
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Banned Books Week, YA Books Removed from a Junior High, and Five Get Imprisoned in Hong Kong for Publishing a Children’s Book.

As being reported by Publishers Weekly, September 18-24, 2022, is Banned Books Week for the American Library Association (ALA). This year’s theme is “Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us.” Based on the Publishers Weekly article, the ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom is reporting that 1,651 titles have been challenged so far this year, which is...

Literature in the News
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Literature in the News

This is the ongoing news and politicization of books in publicly funded libraries, in schools or otherwise. Ground News is reporting that “the Keller Independent School District” in Texas is “removing all books that were challenged last year within the school district, including the Bible, ‘The Bluest Eye’ by Toni Morrison and a graphic novel...

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Literature in the News

This is the ongoing news and politicization of books in publicly funded libraries, in schools or otherwise. Ground News is reporting that “the Keller Independent School District” in Texas is “removing all books that were challenged last year within the school district, including the Bible, ‘The Bluest Eye’ by Toni Morrison and a graphic novel...

Amazon Return Controversy
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Amazon Return Controversy

On February 2022, euronews.culture reported about a survey circulating concerning “Amazon changes its policy on ebook returns.” There’s also an embedded TikTok from @ranchernikii with another TikTok link to Brooke_and_books questioning this all. Meanwhile, this past couple of months for those following such hashtags as #AmazonIsNotALibrary, you’ll find upset Indie authors complaining about the skyrocketing...

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Literature in the News

Nancy Crampton Brophy, author of the essay and book, “How to Murder Your Husband” and “The Wrong Husband”, has been found guilty of murder of her husband, chef Daniel Brophy. Evidently the romance novelist told her cellmate how she did the crime. Crampton Brophy even swapped out the barrel of the gun she purchased to...

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Literature in the News

4-28-2022 We’ve mentioned before various reporting of book banning, but as of late there’s been a lot of this hitting the news as the U.S. gets closer to the 2022 November elections. Some recent stories about a book banning in the news right now… “Texans sue their county after books removed from libraries” “Biden criticizes...

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Literature in the News

On March 27, 2022, WTTW’s Black Voices talked with the author of “The Emergency: A Year of Healing and Heartbreak in a Chicago ER”, a new book out about the COVID-19 pandemic and the medical challenges hospital staff faced in the ER. Discussed by the show was “the health inequities illuminated by the pandemic, as...

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Literature in the News

On March 22, 2022, according to Reuters, the Dutch publisher of “The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation,” by Canadian best-selling author Rosemary Sullivan is being pulled after a “counter-report by World War Two experts and historians was released in the Netherlands,” showing that the original investigation didn’t “withstand professional scrutiny.” The main...

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