Censorship has existed throughout history.
Keeping people away from information and new ideas or as some may perceive, misinformation has been an ongoing effort often sparked by politics and religion. Even today, when the freedom of expression is much touted, books are banned for different reasons even in the most progressive countries.
From the Bible, to chick-lits, people's writing has been expelled at one time or another. Check out this video to see what struggle it took to have some of today's most popular books published.