This was originally published on Ebook Friendly by Piotr Kowalczyk. Piotr is the founder of Ebook Friendly. He is an Ebook enthusiast, technology geek, iPhone artist, and self-published author from Poland.
These infographics about banned and challenged books help draw attention to the harms of book censorship.
Books are the best companion of everyone who wants to learn and become better – on condition we have unrestricted access to them.
Books are banned or challenged for moral, political, religious, or commercial reasons.
Once the book is banned, readers have either limited or no access to it.
Every year, during the last week of September, a major event is held that promotes the freedom to read. Banned Books Week brings together librarians, educators, publishers and readers who unite to draw attention to the harms of censorship.
On the website of American Library Association you can read more about Banned Books Week, find the list of frequently challenged books, download promotional materials, and report a book challenge.
Infographics play a growing role in raising the awareness about book banning. In this overview, we collected the best visuals created in the recent years.
You’ll find below the infographics from Love Reading, which are a two-volume definitive guide to most banned and challenged books.
Other infographics focus on highlighting facts and figures about book banning, not only in the U.S. but also worldwide. There are also visuals that put banned books on a historical timeline. Thanks to that you will see which books were banned – and for how long – in various countries.
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While most of the visuals in this overview present selected banned books, this one, prepared by Simply Novel, gathers general facts about banned books. What’s more, these facts are up-to-date.
85% of book challenges went unreported and received no media attention. 9 out of 10 challenges were initiated by parents. Six from the top 10 books challenged in 2014 were from YA category.
The infographic also includes a list of top reasons for book challenges in 2012-2014.
Published by a UK-based book recommendation website Lovereading, the infographic lists most popular books that at some point, and in some countries, were banned.
Each book comes with a summary of the plot, the date of a first release, and most importantly – the reason to ban it.
There are books in the chart that you wouldn’t believe were banned. Just have a look at Alice in Wonderland. In the 30s of the last century, the Chinese Censor General thought attributing human intelligence to animals was “an insult to humanity”, and that children should be protected from the negative influence of the book.
The second part of the epic project by Lovereading to highlight the most banned books throughout history and across the globe.
Take a closer look: Harry Potter was banned in various states of the U.S. – for promoting witchcraft.
Books and controversies go hand in hand, and this infographic shared on Graphs.net lists the most controversial titles.
Some more facts about To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s one of the most challenged classics of all time, according to American Library Association. Reasons: racial slurs, profanity, and blunt dialog. The book still ranks at number 21 of the 100 most frequently challenged books of 2000–2009.
This chart shows reasons specifically provided by the libraries. Most comics were challenged for sexual content, offensive language, and violence.
The infographic was created by BookPal, an online store offering quantity discounts on books bought in bulk.
Each of the ten books banned in the U.S. is presented comes complete with the reasons for banning it, as well as a number of challenges: by year and reason.
It’s good to observe that book banning is a downward trend. Most books were challenged in the mid-nineties. Since that time the numbers are going down.
Besides listing top banned books, this infographic, designed by Printer Inks, puts the censored books in a timeline. Thanks to that you can see when and for how long the book was banned in a particular country.
You can also find in the visual the books forbidden in schools, as well as ridiculous reasons to ban them.
Here is another graph that shows banned books throughout history. It was designed by Giulia R. De Amicis and is a part of the infographic book published by Cassel Illustrated.
The visual is not available in a high-resolution, but the trends are visible already. 30 most banned books are compared on a timeline with the reasons to ban them, the countries, and the time.
As you see, the most common reason to ban the book (the time interval is between the 8th century and today) is anti-islamic content. Obscenity and heresy follow it.
A great infographic created by Robert E. Kennedy Library. The most interesting part compares the U.S. states by the number of reported challenges. California, Texas, and Florida are the top three states.
The visual lists also top 100 banned books in the U.S. from 2000 to 2009. Each book is accompanied by the dots representing the reasons to challenge it.
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In honor of the Phoenix Comicon which is going on in downtown Phoenix this weekend, I thought I would shared an infographic related to comic books. The UK-based Morph Costumes recently created this infographic that ranks a number of Marvel characters by their kills. No character is left unscathed as it features both good and bad guys, as well-known as Iron Man and a bit more obscure like Malekith the Accursed.
I am more of a DC Comics guy than Marvel, but several of these were surprises. Hopefully, seeing the “hit list” will encourage you to read the comic series about the various characters.
Enjoy and happy comic reading!
So, this week is the big Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California. I was not able to attend, but I wanted to find some excuse to blog the latest trailer from the upcoming Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens.
I found this great infographic that shows the insides of a Star Wars Imperial AT-AT. This is from Doug Osborne from March 1, 2011 on Geek.com. The AT-AT is one of my favorite vehicles from the best of the Star Wars movies, The Empire Strikes Back.
Enjoy and May The Force Be With You.
Source: Niall McCarthy, Inequality At The 2015 Academy Awards By The Numbers [Infographic], Forbes.com, February 20, 2015, http://www.forbes.com/sites/niallmccarthy/2015/02/20/inequality-at-the-2015-academy-awards-by-the-numbers-infographic/.
Oscar predictions are certainly gathering pace in the run-up to the 87th Academy Awards, taking place in Los Angeles tonight. Will Bradley Cooper walk home with the award for Best Actor? Why did the Lego Movie only get one Oscar nomination? There are many exciting and intriguing questions but some important ones also need to be asked. Such as this one: where are the women?
The 2015 Oscar nominations have been rightly criticised for gender inequality, something that’s a far wider problem throughout the film industry. According to research conducted by the Telegraph, 102 nominees are men with an average age of 51 compared to just 25 women with an average age of 41. When it comes to voting members of the Academy, there’s also a significant gender gap with 77 percent being male.
A lack of racial diversity is also blatantly obvious with no non-white actors nominated across the four acting categories. Out of 127 nominees, 118 are white and 9 are non-white. When it comes to Academy voting, the ethnicity ratio is 94 percent white and 6 percent non-white. One prediction is definitely accurate, however. You can expect middle-aged white men to take home the majority of the awards on Sunday night.
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