Florida County's Libraries Ban 50 Shades of Grey

Cite concern over 'pornographic' EL James books

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted May 8, 2012 3:29 PM CDT

(Newser) – A Florida county's library system has banned the erotic-fiction 50 Shades of Grey trilogy in light of its "perceived pornographic nature," a spokesman tells NBC Miami. Brevard County's 17 libraries had ordered 19 copies of the three EL James books, and there was a waiting list of readers. After reviews emerged, however, the library system's director decided to get rid of them as soon as checked-out copies had been returned—even though "we know it's a national phenomenon," the rep noted. There has been one complaint about the removal, the spokesman said.

Author EL James holds a copy of her book 50 Shades of Grey at a book signing in Coral Gables, Fla., Sunday, April 29, 2012.
Author EL James holds a copy of her book "50 Shades of Grey" at a book signing in Coral Gables, Fla., Sunday, April 29, 2012.   (AP Photo/Jeffrey M. Boan)
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