Should Libraries Loan "Fifty Shades of Grey?"

The Alameda County Library System has 48 copies in circulation along with 21 copies of the e-book and a very long waiting list.

Call it mommy porn, call it bad writing, call it whatever you want. E.L. James’s “50 Shades of Grey” trilogy is undeniably a mega-bestseller. More than 10 million copies of the books have been sold so far.

Dublin even has a secret book club devoted to the "Fifty Shades" fever. But not everyone wants to pay for their literary titillation.  

The "New York Times" wrote Tuesday that the popularity of “50 Shades of Grey” has forced libraries around the country to take a look at their rules on erotica, and some librarians have banned the trilogy. If the Alameda County Library system has rules to keep erotica off the shelves, the 50 Shades franchise must not meet the definition. The system has 48 copies in circulation, and every one is checked out. The waiting list is 260 patrons long.

Have you read “50 Shades of Grey?” What do you think - worth the hype?

Patch us your comments in the comments section below. Is it suitable material for the Dublin Library’s shelves?

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Audrey Millar May 24, 2012 at 01:11 PM
I am reading the third book now yes it's a bit over the top for some people but then so are some of the reality shows on TV Let the mommys live through the book
Mom22Boyz May 24, 2012 at 01:39 PM
I bought it with anticipation, soon got bored reading it and haven't picked it up since. My friends who have it have struggled to keep interest too (although younger friends have continued to read the trilogy). It's "Fear of Flying" for this era.
talksoup May 24, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Really? Banning books? I thought we lived in America.
CJLewis May 24, 2012 at 03:18 PM
I agree with talksoup. Banning books? What a ridiculous idea!!! Harlequin Romances....watch out....you're next!
50 shades of RED May 24, 2012 at 04:07 PM
It is smut at it's best!! It is sexual & sensual and if you have an imagination and a libido then enjoy! But I also found the characters to be intriguing! I want to know the 50 Shades of what makes Mr Grey tick! Come on ladies...don't be prudes! Let your imagination go and dont be shy to be turned on!
Sharon Svitak May 26, 2012 at 12:30 AM
I haven't read the book and I don't know if I will because I have heard it is poorly written and there are too many good books out there to waste time reading tripe. But I do not support banning the book from library shelves. Dictating what people may or may not read is censorship. We don't need that in this country.
mommadukes July 12, 2012 at 02:25 PM
It is no more a bad read then any Daniele Steele novel. It's not Shakespere! But there is a story, there are very interesting characters and the bonus is... you get a little turned on and your hubby is a happy man! I work too hard during the week with my job, husework, kids, etc.. that i enjoyed the escape. I also forget sometimes to have some sexy time with my man.. this helped!
Where Does It End? August 04, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Where Does it End? Just because a book is in demand does not justify the public library should spend the money to purchase multiply copies. Where does it end? If one wishes to read it that badly, go and buy it or borrow it from a friend.
L August 04, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Look at it this way - at least people are using the library. If so many people are going to the library looking for this book, maybe they have rediscovered the library as a valuable community resource.


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