Banned books are books to which free access is not permitted. The practice of banning books is a form of censorship, and often has political, religious or moral motivations.
"Almost every country places some restrictions on what may be published, although the emphasis and the degree of control differ from country to country and at different periods."
Books are banned for a variety of reasons. Materials are often suppressed due to the perceived notion of obscenity.Governments have also sought to ban certain books it perceives to contain material that could threaten, embarrass, or criticize it.
Governments may also ban books to protect the public from their contents, including materials that may endanger public safety.
Listed below is a list of some famous books which were banned in a few places due to various reasons... These books on the other hand also remained Bestsellers in other states...!!
"Alice's adventures in wonderland- by Lewis Carol" was banned in the province of Hunan(China) in the 1931 for the portrayal of Anthropomorphized (recognition of human characteristics in non-human creatures and beings) animals acting on same level as humans.
"The Da Vinci Code- by Dan Brown" was banned in Lebanon after Catholic leaders deemed it offensive to Christianity.
"The God of Small Things - by Arundhati Roy"