25 Apr 2012

ya-lit pro-tip #1


Between Shades of Gray


Fifty Shades of Grey


Please take care when

  • adding books to your To-Read pile
  • ordering these books for your library
  • buying a present for your teenage niece or cousin
  • attempting to learn more about Lithuanian history
  • reading your Twitter feed where it seems acceptable to refer to either book as “Shades of Gray”

This has been a Public Service Announcement from the Coalition to Prevent Book-related Confusion/Scandalization.

Posted on April 25, in books


  1. YES. I have often thought this myself. When Fifty Shades of Grey came out I was like, so? That book’s been out for like a year already. Then I was like….oh…..

    Posted on 4.25.12 · Reply to comment
  2. Adiopink wrote:

    See Also: Shades of Gray by Jasper Fforde (March 2011). A ton of patrons are reserving Fforde’s book on our Overdrive service. Pretty sure it’s not the one they want!

    Posted on 4.25.12 · Reply to comment
    • jessica wrote:

      the hazards of the electronic age! you never quite know what you’re adding to that digital shopping cart…

      Posted on 4.26.12 · Reply to comment
  3. Shoshana wrote:

    …And the paperback of Between Shades came out the same day as the U.S. edition of 50 Shades. If there *are* any good confusion stories, I want to hear them 🙂

    Posted on 4.25.12 · Reply to comment
  4. I had a similar problem last year when Deep and Dark and Dangerous was on my library’s battle book list:

    It caused way too many holds on the wrong book (well, 2, but that’s way too many!) before all the staff members at all the desks got the message.

    Posted on 4.26.12 · Reply to comment
  5. Jennifer wrote:

    I STILL have problems with Erin Hunter’s Twilight vs. Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight. “did you want cats or vampires ma’am?”

    Posted on 5.5.12 · Reply to comment

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