All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘banned book’

‘Captain Underpants’ Complaints Beat ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ in 2012

A constant in history since the invention of the printing press is that censorship is always a threat to publishers and authors. In more recent times, the fear of U.S. parents that children might be exposed to written descriptions of or allusions to sex (or, in some parts of the U.S., magic) has caused a predictable stream of complaints and …

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PayPal Agrees to Ban Books with Obscene Content

PayPal is sparking some tension in the publishing world by requesting that e-book contributors ban books that contain “obscene themes including rape, bestiality or incest.” PayPal notified Mark Coker, founder of e-book publisher and distributor of Smashwords, that it would limit “the company’s PayPal account unless Smashwords removed from its Web site e-books “containing themes of rape, incest, bestiality and …

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