Google Takes a Stand Against Book Banning

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Although they didn’t make a big fanfare over it, Google has taken a stand in favor of free reading rights, and against censorship and book-banning. They’ve done so by launching their “Celebrate Your Freedom to Read” page, at http://books.google.com/googlebooks/banned/.

The page contains a list of what the editors consider the best books that were ever challenged in the 20th century; highlighted books that have been challenged this year; and a link to the American Library Association’s “Banned Books Week” resource page.

The page editors comment, “It’s hard to imagine a world without these extraordinary literary classics, but every year there are hundreds of attempts to remove great books from libraries and schools. In fact, according to the American Library Association, 42 of 100 books recognized by the Radcliffe Publishing Course as the best novels of the 20th century have been challenged or burned. [It's our] effort to expand the universe of books you can discover, and we’re proud to join libraries and bookstores across the country in celebrating Banned Books Week – a nationwide initiative to help people learn about and explore banned books.”

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