Today’s KDD: up to 80% off banned books

Today’s KDD: up to 80% off banned books

September 27th through October 3rd marks this year’s Banned Books Week. You can find out more about the event at the

Official Site

Although it’s called “Banned”  Books (mostly due to the power of alliteration, I think), it’s really more about books that are challenged by people. Banning suggests that the government prevents the book from being sold or read. Challenging is more a case of people in the public, often parents/legal guardians, wanting a book removed from a school, a school library, or a public library.

2014’s most challenged book, according to the site?

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

by Sherman Alexie.

What contributes to a book being one of the most challenged books?

There are various kinds of content, but that alone won’t get enough responses. There are plenty of books with content that offends a lot of people that almost no one even knows exists.

So, one thing we can assume about challenged books? They are impactful. People have heard of it, people have bought it, people have read it.

Now, it’s possible a book is preemptively protested, before it is even released…but I don’t think that’s going to get these sorts of challenges much…that’s going to be blogosphere material.

That’s one reason to read “banned books”: they are probably emotionally moving and/or intellectually challenging.

Another reason people read them is, well, to make the point. They want to counterpoint people who won’t read them and who want to prevent people from reading them, by doing just that…reading them.

Amazon has done this before in conjunction with Banned Books Week, and it’s a great opportunity. One of today’s

Kindle Daily Deal(s) (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

is up to 80% off banned and challenged books.

Today’s deals include:

  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb
  • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  • God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens
  • Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
  • Anastasia Krupnik by Lois Lowry
  • The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron
  • Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
  • The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad
  • Paula by Isabel Allende
  • The F- It List by Julie Halpern
  • In The First Circle by Alexandrr Solzhenitsyn
  • I Am No One You Know by Joyce Carol Oates
  • God’s Little Acre by Erskine Caldwell
  • Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern
  • Gentleman’s Agreement by Laura Z. Hobson
  • When Dad Killed Mom by Julius Lester
  • Rule of the Bone by Russell Banks
  • Jumped In by Patrick Flores-Scott
  • Chican by Richard Vasquez
  • Great Short Works of Mark Twain
  • My Book of Life by Angel by Matine Leavitt

Looked to me like the prices ranged from $0.99 to $2.99…nice! Remember to check the price before you click that Buy button: this deal may not apply in your country (and I have readers around the world…that’s always humbling to say).

You can also buy these as gifts, and delay the delivery date until the appropriate occasion.


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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

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6 Responses to “Today’s KDD: up to 80% off banned books”

  1. jjhitt Says:

    Also of worthy note Batman:The Killing Joke is on sale.
    This is a must read for any adult comics fan that explores the Batman / Joker rivalry as two equally disturbed characters in an insane love/hate relationship.

  2. Allie Says:

    Not intending to argue! I promise 🙂 I zeroed in on one particular part of your post, and here it comes:
    What do you call a “challenged” book when a school decision has actually gone through? -when the parents who are in hysterics attend the school district meetings and make as much noise as possible, when such parents (or any town members, actually) win out and a book is removed from the curriculum of an entire town’s school district – decisions can and are made by the publicly elected officials on the school board. These decisions can legally forbid certain books to be taught in that district – and often not allow a student to bring a particular book into school at all.
    Well, you call those books banned. Challenged, to me, is a process; banned is an outcome.
    Lots of silly little toys were “banned” from my school district while I was growing up, and yes, theoretically a student could be suspended for having, say, a slap bracelet in their possession. As elementary school students, at 6 or 7, I and my classmates were *all* well aware of the word banned – forbidden. When it’s a little toy being banned, it’s kind of dopey, but whatever… but when it’s a book being banned, well that’s why we have Banned Books Week.
    (Please forgive my general pedantic-ness…………….. 😉 Stepping off platform now.!

    • Allie Says:

      PS I did not thank you for the best (to me) part! – a head’s up on more Kindle books for sale!
      (The politics are endless and that’s why I limited my above response to one small issue.)
      Ok, Best to you!

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Allie!

      Disagreeing respectfully, which you are doing, is my favorite thing! 🙂

      I would say that a challenged book which is removed from a school library has been…removed. 😉 It’s okay to say that the school “banned” the book from the school, I suppose…now, that would likely include meaning that kids could not bring their own copies to school to read, which you are suggesting.

      The organization behind Banned Books Week will use the terminology both of “banned” and “challenged” (two separate categories), but gives statistics on books that are challenged.

      I guess, for me, “banned” wouldn’t mean just banned from the school. It would mean that the government made it illegal to read or own the book…even in your own home. That may just be what the word connotes to me, though.

      I always lean in the direction of all books being available to all people…with the exception of books produced which infringe on someone else’s copyright.

      I think we are both opposed to limiting access…it’s just a question of semantics.

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