Thursday, January 3, 2013


BookFinder compiled one of the most interesting lists in the book business – the top 100 most searched for out-of-print books in the United States. Sadly, books fall out-of-print when publishers decide that there isn’t enough demand. That’s when the used book market becomes important for ensuring that these hard-to-find titles can still be found and bought.

The most recent list is diverse. Madonna’s famous Sex (one of the book’s few images that we could publish is seen left) is top of the list as always and Codex Seraphinianus by Luigi Serafini – dubbed the world’s weirdest book – is also in the top 10. There’s also a cookbook from actor and fine food connoisseur Vincent Price.

There are many famous authors on the list, including Stephen King (twice), Nora Roberts, Ray Bradbury, Barbara Cartland, Carl Sagan, C.S. Lewis and Madeleine L’Engle. There are also books from major artists like Salvador Dali and Cecil Beaton, and the autobiography of musician Johnny Cash.

A small number of these books are so scarce now that even AbeBooks booksellers do not have copies. In some cases, only a handful of copies are now available which means prices have become high.

Top 100 Most Searched for Out-of-Print Books

1. Sex
by Madonna

2. Rage
by Stephen King/Richard Bachman

3. Promise Me Tomorrow
by Nora Roberts

4. My Pretty Pony
by Stephen King

5. Pure, White & Deadly; The Problem of Sugar
by John Yudkin

6. Mandingo
by Kyle Onstott

7. Man in Black
by Johnny Cash

8. Codex Seraphinianus
by Luigi Serafini

9. 365 Bedtime Stories
by Nan Gilbert

10. Tudor Roses
by Alice Starmore


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