Books are a great source of information, and they have been around for a very long time. There is history embedded in pages of some of the books, while some are so old that they had to be preserved so that they cannot get destroyed. We write on these books, and they teach the world some valuable information.
However, just like movies and tv shows, books have also been on the list of banned items in many countries for different reasons, from religious to political reasons and every reason in between. A famous historical book from 35 AD, The Odyssey, was banned in Roman empires because it promoted dangerous ideas of freedom, which would inspire people to overthrow the Roman empire. Even today, books are being banned from countries.
Casual novels, philosophical encyclopedias, or even Nobel Peace Prize-winning books have made their way into the banning list. The banning of a book in a country is due to the fact that books inspire people, and if there is inappropriate content in it, it can inspire negativity in the people. Some of the countries imply strict laws to ensure that the books remain banned in the territory. Even the countries with laws to protect freedom of speech have banned a few books.Most of the time, primary school books containing inappropriate content are also forced to be banned. The Middle East is notorious for banning content that is even slightly inappropriate. This includes tv shows, video games, movies and, obviously, books.
Many books have gained popularity after they get banned – which is the irony of it. All the fuss about banning a book makes people more curious about reading it. The banned books are mostly illegally sold as pirated copies in the underground market.
Take a look at the chart, which shows a world map and names a book banned in each country.
Infographic by: geediting.com