I walked into my local branch today to find a front-and-centre display of books with the signs “Dare to Read” and “May challenge your worldview” (I forget the exact wording.) Each had a bright bookmark inside with the warning: “May cause empathy. Side effects include tolerance, open-mindedness, and kindness.” I picked up Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi because I’d only seen the animated version, which was amazing.
The BPC’s position statement on freedom of expression is strongly worded:
[…] we abhor arbitrary interpretations of the law and other attempts to limit freedom of expression. We recognize court judgments; otherwise, we oppose the detention, seizure, destruction, or banning of books and periodicals – indeed, any effort to deny, repress, or sanitize. Censorship does not protect society; it smothers creativity and precludes open debate of controversial issues.
– Book and Periodical Council
Also on the shelf was a copy of the Bible. Which I guess makes sense given you could be killed for reading it in places I need not name. So go ahead and read something you could be killed for elsewhere. Maybe something printed on actual paper.