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'No, Actually, Book Bans Don't Sell Books' by Andrew Karre

Andrew Karre, executive editor at Dutton Books, shared thoughts on book bans that were published in the Arizona Mirror. He writes:

‘Bans sell books.’ … [I]n my two decades in book publishing, I’ve repeated variations on the theme many times. ‘Bans lead to publicity. Publicity leads to sales. LOL, banners. Thanks for the money.’

The problem is that the actual experience of book bans at national scale is not so simple, and it’s rarely positive. The present national wave of book banning—where hundreds of titles are challenged en masse in schools—is by some measures unprecedented. I suspect it has given many of us who work in the book industry a crash course in the realities of book bans. I know I’ll never again shrug and say ‘bans sell books.’

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