BookFinder.com Report Fall 2010
Out-of-print and in demand

Every year BookFinder.com tracks the most sought-after out-of-print titles in America.  In this, the eighth edition, several books garnered enough attention for publishers to re-print them in the near future.  We also find some out-of-print mainstays which are unlikely to see a printer again despite their popularity.  But above all we collected the top 100 most sought after out-of print titles in America over the past 12 months, and here they are.


Born Collectibles:
If bookies took bets on out-of-print books our money would be on these titles staying off the presses for good.

Sex by Madonna
This explicit collection features photos of the Material Girl, without the material, has been a collector's item since it first hit shelves in 1992. Since Madonna is never one to do something twice, and the fact that the once highly controversial book is less edgy than it once was leads us to guess that Sex will remain out-of-print.

Promise Me Tomorrow by Nora Roberts
The Queen of Romance; Nora Roberts, has actively persuaded her loyal fan base to avoid this early novel for years. She hopes Promise Me Tomorrow is never republished.  We suspect a used bookshop is the only place you will find this title.


Bound for New Life:
The following books are set to be reprinted within the following year

Old Southern Apples by Creighton Lee Calhoun
A reference guide describing over 1,800 apple varieties from The America South, both extant and extinct.
 
The Centurions by Jean Larteguy
Set during the First Indochina War, this classic French novel has been out-of-print in the US since 1962.  The Centurions was made famous as the first novel to include "the ticking time bomb” scenario which debates whether the use of torture can be justified.

Aran Knitting by Alice Starmore
Last published in 1997, Aran Knitting is described by knitting enthusiasts as the definitive guide to the Irish Aran sweater.  It includes a history of Aran knitting as well as a complete workshop in technique, pattern, and design.


Out-of-Print Book Trends:
Last year, in the wake of a massive stock market crash, we saw a rush on personal finance and banking policy books as people tried to understand what had taken place and how to recover.  In 2010 manuals and do-it-yourself guides for sewing, home repair, and other productive pastimes have become more prevalent in this iteration of the BookFinder.com Report as people return to a more frugal lifestyle.

Basic Building Data: 10,000 Timeless Construction Facts by Don Graf
A compendium of tables and facts for architects, designers, homeowners, builders, and anyone with an interest in selecting the right materials, location, and layout for any size construction project; out-of-print since 1985.

Principles of Knitting: Methods and Techniques of Hand Knitting by June Hemmons Hiatt
Knitting circles have preached the usefulness of this book for years.  Principles of Knitting goes into extreme detail on how and when to cast on, cast off, pick up stitches and anything else a personal knitting mentor would teach you.

The Lovely Reed: An Enthusiasts Guide to Building Bamboo Fly Rods by Jack Howell
Fly fishing is as popular as ever and this classic guide book is considered by many to be the bible for fishermen looking to build their own bamboo rods, which if you are buying artisan rods can cost upwards of $1000.

 

Top 100 most sought after out-of-print books in 2010

1 Madonna Sex
2 Ray Garton In a Dark Place: The Story of a True Haunting
3 Harry Douglas Smith The Secret of Instantaneous Healing
4 Don Graf Basic Building Data: 10,000 Timeless Construction Facts
5 Nora Roberts Promise Me Tomorrow
6 Dennis Potter Ticket to Ride
7 Luigi Serafini Codex Seraphinianus
8 Allan D. Richter Eve of the End
9 Stephen King (as Richard Bachman) Rage
10 Rasiel Suarez ERIC : The Encyclopedia of Roman Imperial Coins

11 Beatrice Farwell Manet and the Nude : A Study of Iconography in the Second Empire
12 Anne Alexander The Pink Dress
13 Alice Starmore Aran Knitting
14 J Mordaunt Crook William Burges and the High Victorian Dream
15 Ferdinand Pecora Wall St. Under Oath; The Story of our Modern Money Changers
16 Desmond Young Ship Ashore; Adventures in Salvage
17 José Garcia Villa Footnote to Youth
18 Jean Larteguy The Centurions
19 June Hemmons Hiatt The Principles of Knitting: Methods and Techniques of Hand Knitting
20 Andrew Loomis Creative Illustration

21  Carl Sagan  Murmurs of Earth: The Voyager Interstellar Record
22  Stephen King  My Pretty Pony
23  Ben Bova  The Star Conquerors
24  Todd S. Goodholme  Goodholme's Domestic Cyclopedia of Practical Information
25  David Williams  Second Sight
26  Rubin "Hurricane" Carter  The Sixteenth Round: from Number 1 Contender to #45472
27  Associated Press  The Torch is Passed: The Associated Press Story of The Death of a President
28  Kyle Onstott  Mandingo
29  George Robert Elford  Devil's Guard
30  Norman Mailer  Marilyn: A Biography

 

31  Leo S. Figiel  On Damascus Steel
32  Harry Twyford Peters  Currier & Ives: Printmakers to the American People
33  Cameron Crowe  Fast Times at Ridgemont High
34  David Freedman  Brownian Motion and Diffusion
35  Charles M. Russell  Good Medicine; The Illustrated Letters of Charles M. Russell
36  Ray Bradbury  Dark Carnival
37  Derren Brown  Pure Effect : Direct Mind Reading and Magical Artistry
38  Philip K. Dick  Gather Yourselves Together
39  Elmer Keith  Hell, I Was There!
40  Glen Cook  She Is The Darkness

 

41  Anna Elizabeth Bennett  Little Witch
42  Tom Lea  The King Ranch
43  Jack Howell  The Lovely Reed : An Enthusiasts Guide to Building Bamboo Fly Rods
44  Donald Hamilton  The Big Country
45  Watt Piper  The Bumper Book; a Harvest of Stories and Verses
46  Charles M. Garnier  Legends of Ireland
47  Walt Kelly  I Go Pogo
48  Arthur Koestler  The Act of Creation
49  John Blaine  The Magic Talisman
50  Paul Gallico  Jennie

51  Laura Bannon  The Wonderful Fashion Doll
52  Ferdinand Sauerbruch  A Surgeon's Life
53  Nan Gilbert  365 Bedtime Stories
54  Salvador Dali, illustrator  The Jerusalem Bible
55  Allen Drury  Advise and Consent
56  C.S. Lewis  The Allegory of Love: A Study in Medieval Tradition
57  Kate Holmes  Too Good to Be Threw : The Complete Operations Manual for Consignment Shops
58 Clancy Holling  The Book of Indians
59  John Burnet  Platonism
60  Christine Noble Govan The Pink Maple House

61  Paul Hoffman  To Drop a Dime
62  R.P. Hunnicutt  Stuart: A History of the American Light Tank
63  Madeleine L'Engle  Ilsa
64  Fred A. Hinchey  Vectors and Tensors for Engineers and Scientists
65  Jack S. Levy  War in the Modern Great Power System, 1495-1975
66  Marriner S. Eccles  Beckoning Frontiers : Public and Personal Recollections
67  Ricky Jay  Cards As Weapons
68  Charles Flato  The Golden Book of the Civil War
69  Jan Wolkers  Turkish Delight
70  John K. Hahn with Harold C. Mckenney  Legally Sane

71  Arthur Guptill  Norman Rockwell, Illustrator
72  F. Spencer Chapman  Living Dangerously
73  William S. Baring-Gould, editor  The Annotated Sherlock Holmes
74  Maurice O'Connor Drury  The Danger of Words
75  A.E. Gutnov and A. Baburov  The Ideal Communist City
76  John D. Green  Birds of Britain
77  Richard P Hunnicutt  Sherman. A History Of The American Medium Tank
78  Brian Shul  Sled Driver: Flying the World's Fastest Jet
79  Marie Simmons  Pancakes A to Z
80  Mark A. Baker  Sons of a Trackless Forest : The Cumberland Long Hunters of the Eighteenth Century

81  Laura London  The Windflower
82  James Virgil Howe  The Modern Gunsmith
83  David Grafton  The Sisters: Babe Mortimer Paley, Betsy Roosevelt Whitney, Minnie Astor Fosburgh
84  John Cage  Notations
85  Josef Koudelka  Gypsies: Photographs
86  Thomas Craven  A Treasury of American Prints - A Selection of One Hundred Etchings and Lithogrphas by the Foremost Living American Artists
87  Creighton Lee Calhoun  Old Southern Apples
88  A.C.H. Smith  Labyrinth
89  Henry W. Simon  A Treasury of Grand Opera
90  J. R. Hartley  Fly Fishing: Memories of Angling Days

91  Nicholas Guild  The Blood Star
92  Charles Thomson  The Septuagint Bible
93  Curtis Richards  Halloween
94  Cahal B. Daly  Morals, Law and Life. An Examination of the Book: The Sanctity of Life and the Criminal Law
95  Nicholas A. Brawer  British Campaign Furniture: Elegance Under Canvas, 1740-1914
96  Mary and Vincent Price  A Treasury of Great Recipes
97  Lynne Cheney  Sisters
98  Catherine Anderson  Comanche Magic
99  Alan Raven and John Roberts  British Battleships of World War Two
100  Johnny Cash  Man in Black