Books-A-Million Listens to Concerned Shoppers and Changes Its Sexuality Display!

How rarely do things in life work out this well?

As I mentioned, on Friday I was doing some pre-Mother’s Day shopping with the kids when I noticed a graphic photo of people having sex on the cover of a book.  Yes, the book was about various sexual positions, but it was right out there for the entire world to see.  The photo wasn’t suggestive, it was completely showing two naked people having sex.  I promptly turned over the book and told the staff that someone had apparently played a prank on them near the military history.

“The books in that section are exactly as we arranged them,” they explained to me.

After I called the corporate headquarters — right there in the store — I came home and did what any concerned parent in the modern age might do.  I blogged.

When the post went live, it immediately began getting traction in the blogosphere.  Then, I suggested to my Twitter followers to Tweet the corporate headquarters to raise awareness.  You guys did just that!  Thank you!

News of the public outcry reached The Tennessean.

When they  reported on the blog – which had gotten a few thousand hits – it put even more pressure on the store. But the store still refused to remove or camouflage the offensive book covers.  Today, Channel Two News called for an interview, so I met them at the store.  When I arrived, I checked my e-mail and found a note from corporate headquarters.  It read:

We appreciate your input on this matter and that you took the time to contact us with your concerns. 
It is not our intent to offend any of our customers with any product that is sold in the store. Books A Million offers a large selection of titles on various topics so that we may provide selections of interest to all ages. We value our customers and consider it a privilege to serve our stores communities. We wanted to let you know that we have taken action to respond positively to your concerns. We are removing the top shelf presentation and ensuring that no graphic covers are front-faced within the Personal Growth section.

Please let us know if we can be of further assistance. 
Best regards,

Jeanne Nelson

I was elated at the news.  After my interview with Channel 2 News (which will air tonight at 10:00), we walked through the “Sexuality” aisle and found that they had, in fact, kept their word and removed the books from the sight of shoppers.

Thank you, Books-a-Million corporate headquarters and Books-a-Million Spring Hill for helping parents protect themselves – and their children – from seeing these inappropriate images.

We appreciate your concern for your shoppers and for the community!


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  • rst

    pudish busybody…

  • Robert Livingston

    Don’t fret, you’re children were not and are not “harmed”!!! Geez! Nevertheless, good job, Nancy Carrie Nation French! You wielded your hatchet and waved your Bible admirably! Caused “corporate godlessness to ‘stand down’”! lol
    Onward, Christian Soldier!
    PS: Love your ad, “GET YOUR SPECIAL HOLY CROSS FROM THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE, JERUSALEM” As they say, “One born every minute!” Too funny!

  • Russ

    So sex is bad but killing is OK? I think the sexuality section is harmless compared to Military History.

  • David French

    Yep, I know you you might find this shocking, but reading how courageous men laid down our lives to end slavery and unify our nation is a better use of an 11 year-old’s time than learning what “doggie style” means.

  • Jim

    Why would an 11 year old be reading books that would explain what “doggie style” meant? They should even be in the section unless you feel it’s ok for an 11 year old to be in the SEXUALITY section of a bookstore.

  • Chris

    …tell that to the 11 year old!

  • mark

    I think parents are responsible for keeping their children out of the sexuality section of the bookstore. Adults need this information. Without proper parenting or sexual education, one may find themselves getting pregnant before they get married. wink wink, nudge nudge


    Prudish woman — just cuz you are frightened to death of sexuality doesn’t mean that earns you the right to dictate your very narrow beliefs to others.

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  • CR

    You are an idiot. I’m sure you would have been right there at book burnings. I work in a book store and we really don’t like you whiny prudes coming into a place that is about freedom of press and crying that your poor sheltered kids will see some breasts. Get over it and grow up. You are probably the same people that throw books they don’t like in the trash. I had to fish one out the other day. Go to a communist country if you want censorship.

  • CR

    This is ‘Murka, we love us some violence and killin’. And before anyone cries about the military men like above, I come from a family of military men. Would have married one if same-sex marriage had been legal. But I bet your support for the military men ends when it comes to letting them love who they want.

  • JParkerSD46

    Even though I completely disagree with almost everything you have to say and what you believe, I give you a lot of credit for posting comments that are totally opposed, and often very negative, about your blog. At least you’ve got the courage to allow comments from both sides.

  • Nancy French

    Thanks, Jparker! :) On this post in particular, I got some doozies. Ha! But I understand people come at things from different perspectives. Thanks, tho!