The Brevard County library system in Florida has pulled the popular Fifty Shades Of Grey fiction series from its shelves after officials deemed it too erotic for public consumption.
The library system which includes 17 libraries had ordered 19 copies of the erotic trilogy and then read reviews of the book online to determine that it did not meet their qualifying criteria.
Don Walker, spokesman for the county told NBC 6:
“We felt the book didn’t meet the criteria for what we put on our fiction shelf, that being because of the perceived pornographic nature of it.”
The books had already been checked out but once returned were pulled from shelves while several copies of the popular fiction series are still checked out to library patrons.
Walker admits that the E L James series will cause the library system in the area to better vet new books it chooses to purchase and place on its shelves.
Officials claim that one person complained about the book being pulled from shelves while they claim many others have applauded the decision to pull the book. Online comments have not been kind to the library system, pointing out that various other books are still stocked including other pieces of erotic fiction that are on par or “worse” than the Fifty Shades of Grey book series.
At this time the books publisher has not released a public statement regarding the library’s decision to pull the series from its shelves.
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