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Library lifts ban on 'Fifty Shades of Grey' due to reader demand

May 29, 2012|By Rene Lynch
  • E.L. James' bestselling novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" is back on library shelves in Brevard County, Fla.
E.L. James' bestselling novel "Fifty Shades of Grey"… (Ron Harris / Associated…)

Florida readers are getting their "mommy porn" back.

The library system in Brevard County, Fla., has taken the handcuffs off "Fifty Shades of Grey," lifting its temporary ban on the steamy, sexy best-selling trilogy.

The library yanked its 19 copies off its shelves earlier this month amid concerns that the books were little more than soft-core pornography.

Cue the complaints of area residents clamoring to get their hands on this hot stuff. The Associated Press reports that the library is returning the trilogy to the shelves in response to requests from library patrons. The library system referred all requests for further comment to its director, who was not in the office on Tuesday.

The trilogy revolves around a sexually charged relationship between a young woman and her much older business-tycoon lover. There are plenty of saucy scenes involving bondage and discipline, sadism and masochism.

The Seattle-based trilogy, which was first self-published by author E.L. James in e-book format, has become a publishing sensation. It's dominating the first three spots in the Amazon.com bestseller list, and movie rights to the book set off a Hollywood bidding war.

The book is still banned in plenty of places, including libraries in Wisconsin and Georgia. The book's print publisher, Random House, says it's fighting those bans.

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