What is the difference between banned books and censoring books?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

An interesting question. In many cases, there is no difference at all. If you ban a book, you censor it. In fact, if you look at the website listed below, you'll see that the writers use the terms interchangeably.

Now, if you want to be picky, banning is an either/or decision: either something is banned or it is not. However, you can censor something without banning it. You can, as sometimes happens on television, "bleep" out the obscenities, for example, or cover up the offending portion of work of visual art.


Approved by eNotes Editorial Team
Soaring plane image

We’ll help your grades soar

Start your 48-hour free trial and unlock all the summaries, Q&A, and analyses you need to get better grades now.

  • 30,000+ book summaries
  • 20% study tools discount
  • Ad-free content
  • PDF downloads
  • 300,000+ answers
  • 5-star customer support
Start your 48-Hour Free Trial