One of the challenges in making decisions about how to spend the Library's materials budget is balancing public demand with issues such as accuracy of information, quality of writing, subject matter... Kevin Trudeau's books have been in popular demand here in Vanderburgh County (and many other places) the past few years. We've purchased numerous copies because of that demand, even though we knew the information in them is questionable. One of our rationalizations, besides demand, is that maybe if the Library has copies it will help save our customers from purchasing the books.
I do want you all to know the latest from the Federal Trade Commission, however. Trudeau has been ordered to pay $37 million for violating a 2004 order regarding false claims in his weight loss "cures" book. He has also been barred from publishing anything or creating infomercials for the next three years. Here is a link to the story at the Federal Trade Commission site.
What is your opinion about whether or not the Library should have these books?