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Senarai buku yang di ban oleh KDN

Berita ini timbul dalam The Star semalam, Banned book list baffling. Setelah dibaca, memang ada beberapa buku yang akan menyebabkan anda garu kepala kenapa-lah buku ini masuk senarai Restricted.

Untuk mereka yang ingin tahu, ini senarai dari Silverfish
RestrictedBanned book(pdf).Ada yang kita boleh faham kenapa diharamkan - terutamanya jika berkaitan dengan budaya, moral dan seks.

Tetapi buku seperti Breastfeeding your baby, Practice of business statistic, A history of god, Mao - A life, Making globalization work diletakkan dalam senarai restricted ini memang menyebabkan kita garu kepala.

Malaysia boleh!

Wang dan Moral dalam Penerbitan Buku

Satu artikel dalam American Thinker menarik perhatian saya, dengan tajuk Money and Morals in book publishing.

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Distilling and developing insight, literature, philosophy, social commentary, what we now like to call ‘intellectual capital,' was the chief role of publishers. The profession was refined, gentile, a self-imposed meritocracy which, in serving primarily the literate upper classes, had as its unspoken mandate to identify works of quality and enable them to be enshrined and preserved in book form.

But those days, despite their sentimental appeal, are clearly gone: in 2005, for instance, R.R. Bowker, who compiles publishing statistics, tallied over 172,000 new books generated on the presses of some 70,000 publishers. That means that editors can no longer languish attentively over the works of their promising authors; not only that, but the intense competition and risk in a marketplace of conglomerates, mass market titles, cavernous national book chains, and a hi…