Lance Armstrong Books Reclassified as ‘Fiction’ in Australian Library - Well, It Was a Hoax

Manly Library in Sydney Lance Armstrong's books

Users of Manly Library in Sydney, Australia were greeted by a sign saying that all books by Lance Armstrong — who recently admitted to using performance enhancing drugs during his seven Tour de France victories — would no longer be found in the non-fiction section of the library, but would be moved to the fiction section.

The sign, in a plastic stand on a library bookshelf (which went viral on the interwebs within hours), read:

All non-fiction Lance Armstrong Books, including Lance Armstrong - Images of a Champion, The Lance Armstrong Performance Program and Lance Armstrong: World's Greatest Champion, will soon be moved to the fiction section.

Later revealed as a joke, Manly Library said the hoax prompted an internal review and that it’s not possible for libraries to arbitrarily reclassify categories of books as the ISBN determines that.

The internet, perhaps appropriately, flamed up with debates over whether Armstrong’s drug cheating in sport overshadowed his achievements beating cancer and motivating people. I’m disappointed with him after all the ‘success’, but I guess it proves he’s human. What do you think? Has the cheating totally blown any of his other achievements away?

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Dean Fetzer is originally from a small town in eastern Colorado, but has lived in London, England, for the past 21 years. After a career in graphic design, he started a pub review website in the late 90’s; He left that in 2011 to concentrate on his thriller writing, as well as offering publishing services for authors, poets and artists. When not writing - or in the pub - he can be found in the theatre, live music venues and travelling.

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Renfield from Hell is reading 20th Century Ghosts January 21, 2013 - 1:54pm

That is pretty funny.