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Libraries the New Sex Hotspots? Erotic Book Borrowing Surge Suggests So

By Gerald Lynch on at

Call it the "Fifty Shades" effect, call it the result of the grimmest economic depression of modern times. Either way, UK reading habits seem to be getting saucier, as libraries are recording a ridiculous 500 per cent increase in the borrowing of erotic fiction.

Last year's most-borrowed erotic novel was Indigo Bloom's (great name) Destined to Feel. It was taken out 11,700 times, a massive increase on 2011/2012's most borrowed dirty read, Divne Misdemeanours by Laurell K Hamilton, which was borrowed just 1,500 times.

The figures from the Public Lending Right charts don't include the E.L. James Fifty Shades of Grey series however as, despite kickstarting the trend, they are technically classified as "Romance" novels. The first in the series instead sits in third place on the overall most-borrowed lists for the year, behind Lee Child's The Affair and A Wanted Man novels. As for the inflation in saucy library loans, it's thought that increasingly automated systems are easing the embarrassment felt from taking the books home. [BBC]