BookFinder.com Report 2012
Out-of-print and in demand

The books we see for sale at a local chain bookstore or purchase new online are a small fraction of the entirety of human print culture.  In fact, 98 to 99% of all books ever published are now out of print. These are the books featured in the BookFinder.com Report.

The BookFinder.com Report is issued every fall, and the 2012 edition marks the 10th anniversary of our tracking the most sought after out-of-print books in America.

Topping our anniversary list are the "big three" of out-of-print books which perennially find their way onto the BookFinder.com Report: Sex by Madonna, Rage by Richard Bachman (aka Stephen King), and Promise Me Tomorrow by Nora Roberts.  This year's list also marks the graduation of Marilyn by Norman Mailer, which after appearing in four straight Reports was finally reprinted by Taschen last December.

Some of the out-of-print titles new to the BookFinder.com Report include:

Pure, White and Deadly ; the Problem of Sugar by John Yudkin
First published in 1972, Professor Yudkin’s book outlines his research showing that sugar and refined sweeteners are closely associated with heart disease and type 2 diabetes. The book has shot back into demand after being highly praised in Robert Lustig’s lecture “Sugar: The Bitter Truth” which enjoyed YouTube viral success.  Yudkin’s book was reprinted in the UK in 2012 but remains out-of-print in the U.S.

Phoebe and the Hot Water Bottles by Linda Dawson
This juvenile fiction work has been out-of-print in America since 1979. It features a young girl who has millions of hot-water bottles and uses them to douse a blaze when her house catches fire. She receives a puppy for her efforts.

Big League Sales Closing Techniques by Les Dane
Les Dane has published several guides to sales techniques,  including this now out-of-print 1971 title. The guide reviews common scenarios found in sales, teaching would-be salesmen fundamental techniques for closing a deal.

Country Landscapes in Watercolor by John Blockley
Blockley demonstrates techniques of landscape and watercolor in this book which has been out-of-print since 1982.

 

Top 100 most sought after out-of-print books in 2012

1 Madonna Sex
2 Stephen King (as Richard Bachman) Rage
3 Nora Roberts Promise me Tomorrow
4 Stephen King My Pretty Pony
5 John Yudkin Pure, White and Deadly; the Problem of Sugar
6 Kyle Onstott Mandingo
7 Johnny Cash Man in Black
8 Luigi Serafini Codex Seraphinianus
9 Nan Gilbert 365 Bedtime Stories
10 Alice Starmore Tudor Roses

11 Cameron Crowe Fast Times at Ridgemont High
12 Mary and Vincent Price A Treasury of Great Recipes
13 Ray Bradbury Dark Carnival
14 Salvador Dali, illustrator The Jerusalem Bible
15 Lynne Cheney Sisters
16 H.Henry Thomas Arithmetic Progress Papers
17 Janet Woods Beyond the Plough
18 A.C.H. Smith Labyrinth: A Novel
19 Ray Garton In a Dark Place: The Story of a True Haunting
20 Walt Kelly  I Go Pogo

21 Linda Dawson & Terry Furchgott Phoebe and the Hot Water Bottles
22 Allen Drury Advise and Consent
23 Jean Larteguy The Centurions
24 J.R. Hartley Fly Fishing: Memories of Angling Days
25 Anna Elizabeth Bennett Little Witch
26 W. Clawson Collector's Guide to Colt .45 Service Pistols: models of 1911 and 1911a1 from 1911 to the end of production in 1945 complete military identification, including all contractors
27 Jaś Elsner Reflections of Nero : culture, history & representation
28 C.S. Lewis The Allegory of Love: A Study in Medieval Tradition
29 Robert Nathan The Bishop's Wife
30 Madeleine L'Engle Ilsa

31 Sarah Bradford Reluctant King: The Life and Reign of George VI, 1895-1952
32 Carl Sagan Murmurs of Earth
33 Ricky Jay Cards As Weapons
34 Alan Raven and John Roberts British Battleships of World War Two: The Development and Technical History of the Royal Navy's Battleships and Battlecruisers from 1911 to 1946
35 Clancy Holling Book of Indians
36 Curtis Richards Halloween
37 Jay Cronley Good Vibes
38 Charles Flato The Golden Book of the Civil War
39 Dennis Potter Ticket to Ride
40 Elmer Keith Hell, I Was There

41 Ernest Cole House of Bondage
42 Anne Alexander The Pink Dress
43 Donald Hamilton The Big Country
44 R.P. Hunnicutt Stuart: A History of the American Light Tank
45 Les Dane Big League Sales Closing Techniques
46 David Whitford A Payroll to Meet: A Story of Greed, Corruption, and Football at SMU
47 Kate Holmes Too Good to be Threw
48 Thomas Craven A Treasury of American Prints - A Selection of One Hundred Etchings and Lithogrphas by the Foremost Living American Artists
49 Paul Hoffman To Drop a Dime
50 John Blockley Country Landscapes in Watercolor

51 Mary Konior Crochet lace : an illustrated guide to making crochet lace fabrics
52 Cecil Beaton The Glass of Fashion
53 Arthur Koestler The Act of Creation
54  Ronald Welch Bowman of Crecy
55 Laura London The Windflower
56 Robert Nathan The Bishop's Wife
57 Tom Lea The King Ranch
58 Milt Tenopir The assembly line
59 Edward Matunas Practical Gunsmithing
60 W Somerset Maugham Tellers of Tales: 100 short stories from the United States, England, France, Russia and Germany

61 Allan D Richter Eve of the end
62 Joseph Zbukvic Mastering Atmosphere and Mood in Watercolor: the critical ingredients that turn paintings into art
63 Ben Bova The Star Conquerors
64 David Williams Second Sight
65 John Harris Covenant with death
66 Nicholas Guild The Blood Star
67 Truda Williams McCoy; Leonard Roberts McCoys: their story as told to the author by eye witnesses and descendants
68 John Blaine The Magic Talisman
69 Barbara Newhall Follett The House Without Windows
70 David Wilkerson The Vision and Beyond, prophecies fulfilled and still to come

71 Marie Simmons Pancakes A to Z
72 Glen Cook She Is The Darkness
73 Martin Caidin Cyborg
74 Harry Twyford Peters Currier & Ives: Printmakers to the American People
75 Laura Bannon The Wonderful Fashion Doll
76 Paul Gallico Jennie (or The Abandoned)
77 Watt Piper The Bumper Book; a Harvest of Stories and Verses
78 James Virgil Howe The Modern Gunsmith : a guide for the amateur and professional gunsmith in the design and construction of firearms, with practical suggestions for all who like guns
79 Kyle Onstott DRUM
80 John D. Green Birds of Britain

81 Polan Banks Carriage Entrance
82 Charles Thomson The Septuagint Bible
83 Don Graf Basic Building Data: 10,000 Timeless Construction Facts
84 John Cage Notations
85 Ruth Orbach Apple Pigs
86 Alexei Gutnov The Ideal Communist City
87 J. Jason Grant Coal
88 Henry W. Simon A Treasury of Grand Opera
89 Jack S. Levy War in the Modern Great Power System, 1495-1975
90 Doyle C. Barnes Our Journey in the Life

91 Peter Newmark Approaches to translation
92 Kyle Onstott & Lance Homer The Black Sun
93 Jan Wolkers Turkish Delight
94 Maisie Mosco Almonds and Raisins
95 John Thomas Edson Alvin Fog, Texas ranger
96 Hugh Woosley Basic medical laboratory subjects
97 Hansjurgen Fettig Hand and rod puppets : a handbook of technique
98 Craig Shaw Gardner The Lost Boys
99 Norman Rockwell 102 favorite paintings
100 William Stuart Long The Imperialists