Florida county libraries ban ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

Brevard County has banned the "Fifty Shades of Grey" trilogy from the shelves of its public libraries.

"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," said Don Walker, spokesman for the county government.

Walker said 19 copies from the trilogy were ordered for the 17 libraries in the county.

There were people on waiting lists to read the books, but after national book reviews came out, the director of county library system decided that when the copies, which were already checked out, were returned to the public libraries, they would not be put out again.

Some of the checked out books have not yet been returned yet.

"We know it's a national phenomenon," he said.

The decision to take the books by E L James off the shelf was made on Thursday, and it has sparked a review of the process by which books are put on library shelves, Walker said.

Walker also said one person had complained about the books not being on the shelf, while others had applauded the decision.

An email sent the books' publisher seeking comment wasn't immediately returned.