'Gas Guzzler' eBook Featured Among List of Banned Books in China

A new eBook about alternatives to gasoline is added to the list of banned books in China for quoting banned authors and criticizing government.

Online PR News – 01-October-2012 – Greenacres, FL – In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week, the following is a list of banned books available in the United States that are forbidden from publication in China. One of its most recent additions includes an eBook about alternatives to traditional gasoline titled, “Death of a Gas Guzzler: A Controversial Approach to Reducing Foreign Oil Dependence” by Luis D. Aponte. While the U.S. Constitution protects the freedom to read and open access to information in the United States, the opposite appears to be reflected by its neighbor across the Pacific. Due to a section of the “Gas Guzzler” book that quoted other banned authors and was critical of the Chinese government, Aponte claims that a Chinese publisher who wanted to avoid “getting into trouble” told him that “no publisher in China can publish this kind of book.”

This is not the first report of censorship by the government of China. Historical accounts from various organizations such as the BBC, Amnesty International, and the Library of Congress illustrate how several Chinese authors have allegedly been harassed; banned from re-entering their own country and/or imprisoned for as long as ten years for publishing written works considered unfavorable by the Chinese government. Among these victims include writers Ma Jian, Liao Yiwu, Dolma Kyab, Chen Wei, Li Tie, and Zhu Yufu. “Banned Books Week reminds us that the battle for intellectual freedom is not yet won. It must be re-fought by each generation, as opposing forces -- often in the name of the public good -- have sought to scale back our freedoms” says librarian, Daniel Duprey.

Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read by drawing attention to books that have been banned or challenged as well as highlighting individuals that have been otherwise persecuted. This annual event brings together many members of the book community, including librarians, publishers, teachers, booksellers, and readers from all walks of life -- all supporting the freedom to seek, express, and share ideas, including those some that are deemed unconventional or unpopular.

The list of banned books in China includes, but is not limited to, the following titles:

Banned Books Week reminds us that the battle for intellectual freedom is not yet won. It must be re-fought by each generation, as opposing forces -- often in the name of the public good -- have sought to scale back our freedoms

• Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll (1865)

• Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr. Seuss (1960)

• Death of a Gas Guzzler: A Controversial Approach to Reducing Foreign Oil Dependence, by Luis Aponte (2011)

• Mao: The Untold Story, by Jung Chang and John Halliday (2006)

• The Private Life of Chairman Mao: The Memoirs of Mao’s Personal Physician, by Li Zhisui (1996)

• Eating Smoke: One Man’s Descent into Drug Psychosis in Hong Kong’s Triad Heartland, by Chris Thrall (2011)

• Waiting for the Dalai Lama: Stories from All Sides of the Tibetian Debate, by Annelie Rozeboom (2011)

• Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China, by Jung Chang (1991)

• Raise the Red Lantern: Three Novellas, by Su Tong (2000)

• Candy, by Mian Mian (2003)

About [Luis D. Aponte] Luis D. Aponte is a Library Associate in Florida and is the author of the banned eBook, Death of a Gas Guzzler: A Controversial Approach to Reducing Foreign Oil Dependence. Aponte’s blog can be read freely on www.DeathOfAGasGuzzler.com.

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