After many complaints from parents and educators, Scholastic has decided to stop offering the Bratz line of books. The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood raged against the Bratz, arguing that by allowing the books to be sold to students through Scholastic's book clubs, schools are tacitly condoning the Bratz brand of skankiness. Scholastic has changed its tune and now all books will be yanked from the roster this school year. [Perez]
I'm opening a bookstore next month, and I've been spending weeks picking out the books to put on my shelves. There are 14,000 new books coming out in the next 3 months. My shop is small. I can't carry everything, so I buy some, and I don't buy others. As a small business owner, this is not only my right - but its the only way I can do business.
If I were the government and I said no, this cannot be in the library, or it is illegal to sell this book, then THAT is censorship. Freedom of speech only applies to the government shutting you up, not a private person or entity.
I'm not carrying the bratz crap, but I do have a "banned books" shelf in my teen section.