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Free Banned Books from the Internet Archive

74 Free Banned Books (for Banned Books Week) | Open Culture:

To commemorate Banned Books Week, the always great Internet Archive has opened up access to 74 banned books. The collection features some serious pieces of literature (James Joyce’s Ulysses, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night, Huxley’s Brave New World, etc.); some traditional children’s classics (Winnie the Pooh); and some sinister books of unquestionable historical importance (Mein Kampf). These books can be downloaded in multiple digital formats, including sometimes ePub and Kindle formats. This gives you the ability to read the the works on the Kindle, iPad, Nook and other mainstream ebook readers. (See note below.) But the old fashioned computer will also do the job.

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  1. “Winnie the Pooh” was banned? By whom, and why, fer gossake?

    • I couldn’t find a definitive cite, but I found this:

      Winnie-the-Pooh has been banned in some Muslim countries like Turkey because the character of Piglet is supposedly offensive to Muslims. Also, Russia banned Winnie-the-Pooh, because it promoted Nazism, allegedly based on a single radical drawing.

      (source: Who Would Ban Winnie-The-Pooh?)

      • I wonder which drawing “promoted Nazism”. Oddly, the one I half-expected was McCarthy banning it because Piglet was pink (a pinko Commie!). Or a political ‘reading’ of it (I’ve seen a couple proclaiming it as both left and right analogies).

        But it gives me a slight thrill to own “banned books”…

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