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I got my Kindle this week and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve only had it a few days, but I am incredibly excited about it!

I’ve purchased a few books, including Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom and Emma Donoghue’s Room. I haven’t had much time to use it, but I am excited and looking forward to it! Speaking of Kindle….

eReader Study

Harris Interactive recently conducted a study of 2,775 adults and found that one out of ten Americans use an eReader.

Even more interesting is the fact that those that have eReaders read more. In general, 40% of Americans read 11 or more books per year and 19% read 21 or more. Of eReader owners, 36% read 11-20 books per year and 26% read 21 or more.

Banned Books The study also revealed that eReader users make more book purchases. While the study is small sampling, it certainly illuminates the trend towards digital reading content and the fact that those who embrace it do, in fact, read more. I wonder how many of the books on those eReaders are banned?

Banned Books Week

September 25-October2 is Banned Books Week! This annual celebration of our first amendment rights spotlights books that have been chosen to be banned. It always amazes me which books have been targeted by various groups. Let’s take a look.

Classics

I know this is tough to believe, but The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, 1984 by George Orwell, Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, and even Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne have landed on banned books lists. While it isn’t surprising that Lolita might be challenged, it is certainly odd to see The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy on the list.

The Last Decade

The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling tops the list of the top 100 most banned or challenged books from 2000-2009. Also on the list are Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman, Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey, Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson, The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

Read Them!

That’s right. Scan the banned list here and choose a challenged book to read this week. I’m going to start a thread in our forum for banned book discussion. Come and join me in discussing banned books, why they were banned, and what you think of them!

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