Jordan markets in everything

A bookstore for banned books:

At Sami Abu Hossein's cramped bookstore, the hundred or so book titles listed on a wall aren't bestsellers. They're banned.

And the cheery Abu Hossein can you get you any of them, sometimes in the few minutes it takes to sit down and drink a cup of thick-brewed Turkish coffee.

"There are three no-nos," the owner of Al Taliya Books explains with a big smile. "Sex, politics and religion. Unfortunately, that's all anyone ever wants to read about."

Hat tip goes to Steve Silberman.


In Iran too, certain bookstores can provide banned books in PDF format on CD. They don't advertise or keep materials on the premises.

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