The book Little Brother by Cory Doctorow was recently challenged by a school in Pensacola, Florida, the author's reaction was to send 200 copies of the book free to the students of the challenging school. Read about it here.
Cory Doctorow has some interesting thoughts about copyright and the accessibility of books and literature. He releases his books directly to the public under Creative Commons licensing and strictly opposes publishers that release ebooks with DRM technologies.
His 2009 book, Little Brother is no exception.
"Marcus aka “w1n5t0n,” is only seventeen years old, but he figures he already knows how the system works–and how to work the system. Smart, fast, and wise to the ways of the networked world, he has no trouble outwitting his high school’s intrusive but clumsy surveillance systems." more on goodreads
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Every year the ALA (American Library Association) celebrates Banned Books Week. During this week, the ALA encourages schools, bookstores, other libraries and individuals to celebrate Freedom of Speech.
The ALA keeps a list of books that have been Banned (removed from circulation) and/or Challenged (threatened to be removed from circulation) around the United States.
Each year in the United States people and organizations (usually religions) attempt to dictate to other people which books they can or can't read. Sometimes they succeed but fortunately most of the time they fail.
To make these people's assault against Freedom counter-productive the ALA keeps record of the attempts at censorship and makes the list of Banned and Challenged Books available for all to see, and each year celebrates the books on this list.
Simply put EnglishCaddy fully supports the ALA's efforts to highlight and promote the reading of Banned Books.
|1|| ttyl, ttfn; l8r, g8r (series) by Lauren Myracle - Reasons: offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group. Purchase Book|
|2|| The Color of Earth by Kim Donghwa - Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group Purchase Book|
|3||The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins - Reasons: anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence. Purchase Book|
|4|| My Mom's Having A Baby! A Kid's Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group Purchase Book|
|5|| The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie|
Reasons: offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group Purchase Book
|6|| Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor|
Reasons: nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint. View Series
|7|| Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley|
Reasons: insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit. Purchase Book
|8|| What My Mother Doesn't Know, by Sonya Sones|
Reasons: nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit Purchase Book
|9|| Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar|
Reasons: drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit Purchase Book
|10|| To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee|
Reasons: offensive language; racism Purchase Book