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Published May 17, 2012, 10:31 PM

Fifty Shades of Grey flying off local shelves amidst controversy

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - There's a romance-novel that's sparking controversy while leading a resurgence in a stagnant industry. The privacy of E-readers is making it easier and more comfortable for women to read those fairy-tale books about love and lust. At the fore-front is a book called 50 Shades of Grey.

There's a romance-novel that's sparking controversy while leading a resurgence in a stagnant industry. The privacy of E-readers is making it easier and more comfortable for women to read those fairy-tale books about love and lust. At the fore-front is a book called 50 Shades of Grey.

50 Shades of Gray is now being pulled off shelves at public libraries across the US for its sex-filled racy content. However it's still on the shelves at Fargo libraries - well, at least being offered by the library.

Linda Leadbetter – Read 50 Shades of Grey "Some people call it mommy porn, so my boys made fun of me for that."

Linda Leadbetter got into the 50 Shades Trilogy after hearing about the whirl wind the book swept up and she admits after 2 chapters she was hooked.

Linda Leadbetter: "I read all 3 in 3 weeks."

Her sister is now reading it, mother-in-law gets it next and lots of women she works with bought the book. She says the mystery kept her interest, but for many it's that sultry lust of being swept off their feet.

Linda Leadbetter: "Some parts are like ‘wow,’ they make it seem like he's the most handsome man in the world."

Here's some proof on the books local popularity. The first one is sold-out at Zandbroz right now. All 22 copies the library has are checked out and 87 people are on the waiting list.

Elizabeth Madson – Collections Manager Fargo Public Library: "Our most popular book right now."

E-readers have sent the romance-novel industry sky rocketing. A woman no longer has to be seen in public, carrying or reading a book with a Fabio-character on the cover.

Elizabeth Madson: "Out of all of the e-reader fiction books checked out at the library, 1/3 of them are romance novels."

Linda got hers on an e-reader, she said not to hide anything, it's just more convenient. She argues for the 50 Shades trilogy, no matter your age, man or woman the books would hook you.

Linda Leadbetter: "My husband is now reading it."

The Fargo library content policy states it doesn't want to dictate what a person reads, rather give people opportunity to read anything they'd like. So it likely always will be available here.

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