It’s Banned Books Week
September 24 to October 1 is Banned Books Week, which celebrates the right to read and opposes censorship of books.
Many of My Clients Are Authors
Why do I care? Well, I love reading, I live with thousands of books, I care about your right to read what you choose, and learn what you choose. I’m entertained and educated by books, including books that others have attempted to ban.
I read banned books.
To keep it relevant here, however, a significant number of my marketing and website clients are authors.
There seems, in fact, to be a correlation between those who create businesses, and those who create books. Some write their book because it’s good marketing for their business. Some find they’ve created a business by default, when they just set out to write books. All share many of the same challenges around marketing, and learning how to build an online presence as the web and social media evolve.
“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.“
– Benjamin Franklin
You’d Be Amazed at the Extent of Attempted Censorship
Wikipedia keeps a list of books challenged in the United States between 1990 to 1999. “Challenged” means that a person or group of people attempted to have the book removed from a public or school library, or a school curriculum, within that time period.
You’ll find authors such as Mark Twain or Stephen King on that list, and classics such as The Call of the Wild and Gone With the Wind. There are some very high-quality, wonderful books on the list, and I invite you to choose one today to read, in celebration of the freedoms we have preserved in our society.
“Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.“
– Thomas Jefferson
“All censorships exist to prevent anyone from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently the first condition of progress is the removal of censorship.“
– George Bernard Shaw
Image credit: Wikipedia