Authors Respond to Controversial New App

In the last week a controversial app has come to the attention of authors and readers alike: Clean Reader. Its purpose is to find ‘offensive’ language within books and replace these words with a milder alternative.

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With a scale from ‘clean’ to ‘squeaky clean’ even words such as ‘damn’ or ‘vagina’ can be substituted for less ‘harmful’ words, although the app has difficulty distinguishing between certain anatomical words; both ‘clitoris’ and ‘buttocks’ will be changed to ‘bottom’, for example.

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The controversy comes into play for the fact that the app operates without any sort of permission from the authors themselves and has been criticised as a form of censorship. Author Joanne Harris has been particularly vocal in her blog about the app and many other authors have been using social media to voice their concerns.

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To read the full article on the Independent, click here: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/joanne-harris-attacks-clean-reader-app-for-replacing-words-in-novels-10130869.html

Kelly, Publishing Assistant

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