There has been a lot of heated debate in the news lately about different authors and certain works of theirs being 'cancelled,' but is that really the case? What is the difference between a book being challenged, being banned or the people responsible for the book ceasing publication?
- Challenged - a formal attempt to remove or restrict materials based upon the objections of a person or group.
- Banned - If a challenge is successful, the materials in question are removed from the curriculum, library, school, ect.
- No Longer Published/Out of Print - when an author (or their estate) ceases the publication of certain books due to a number of reasons including problematic material, to create scarcity, changing viewpoints of the creator, among others. As opposed to a challenge, this is an act taken by the owners and/or creators of the books and not outside people or groups.