A few days ago, Patheos blogger and NRO writer Nancy French published an article about her recent visit to Books-A-Million with her children in tow. Near the children’s section, in plain view, were an assortment of provocative books featuring obscene and near-pornographic covers. (Click here for the original article, including photos of some of the featured titles.
This kind of stuff makes me crazy. Besides that, I wanted to support Nancy’s request that readers write to the store.
I sent an email to the service department of Books-A-Million; and I have just received this very positive response:
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.
Good job, Nancy, for bringing this to our attention! Congratulations on effecting change in the marketplace!