'Fifty Shades' Too Steamy For Some Library Shelves

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Public libraries in several states are pulling the racy romance trilogy "Fifty Shades of Grey" from shelves or deciding not to order the best-seller at all.

The libraries are saying it's too erotic or too poorly written.

Deborah Caldwell Stone is the deputy director of the American Library Association's office for intellectual freedom. She says when libraries pull a book, people who can't afford a paperback, Kindle, iPad or other tablet no longer have access to the book.

She says the decision to stock a book should not be made on content alone.

Libraries in Wisconsin, Georgia and Florida have all either declined to order the book or pulled it from shelves. Many libraries across the country are carrying the novel, and demand is high.

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