13th Annual BookFinder.com Report
Out-of-print and in demand

Welcome to the 13th annual BookFinder.com Report, in which we publish a list of the top 100 most searched for out-of-print book titles from the previous year. This year sees the queen of pop regain her throne on the top of the out of print book charts, we also saw other mainstays Nora Roberts and Stephen King remain among the most sought after volumes in America.

Moving up is this year's third most searched for book, Unintended Consequences by John Ross. This is a fictional story about the history of gun culture and rights in 20th century America. While entirely fictional this epic tome weaves heaps of real life historical information into the story, which also features real life figures playing minor supporting roles. Reviewers of the book consistently mention that it beautifully balances smooth accessible writing with a myriad detailed facts and explanations about firearms and gun culture making this book interesting for enthusiasts as well as novices to this interesting but polarizing topic.

One of the goals of the BookFinder.com report, when it was created was to help shine light onto books that were hiding behind the backlists, but still in demand. As such it is always very exciting for us when we see books from our list granted another print run. This made 2015 a very exciting year with two of our perennial favorites went back into print.

A Treasury of Great Recipes by Vincent & Mary Price had been featured on the BookFinder.com report every year since 2005 and was finally brought back into print on its 50th anniversary of publication by Vincent's daughter Victoria (who wrote a new preface). It should be noted that this is no vanity pressing, and Price was not your typical celebrity cookbook author. The man was a gourmand through and through. In addition to this book Price had his own cooking show in the 1970s (Cooking Pricewise), he narrated an international cooking course, and also wrote other cookbooks including Come Into The Kitchen and A National Treasury of Cookery (5 vols.)

Also making the jump back into print is Salvador Dali's illustrated edition of The Jerusalem Bible. The Jerusalem Bible (first published in 1966) was the first truly modern Bible for Catholics. The translation itself uses a literal approach that has been admired for its literary qualities, perhaps in part due to its most famous contributor, J.R.R. Tolkien (his primary contribution was the translation of Jonah). Add to this Dali's own artistica take on the work and you begin to understand why it remains so popular to this day. Originally published in one epic volume the 2015 reprint was separated into three volumes to allow for a softcover release at an affordable price point. Find Vol. 1, Vol. 2 and Vol. 3..

1. Sex
by Madonna (i.e. Louise Veronica Ciccione)
Warner Books; New York, NY, 1992
Full-Metal, Spiral Bound; First Edition
132 pages. 32 cm

Madonna Sex (first published in 1992) was the highly controversial erotic photography book which features the queen of pop along with other early 1990s notables including rappers Vanilla Ice & Big Daddy Kane as well as model Naomi Campbell. The book itself is spiral bound and actually quite fragile making fine copies relatively rare; copies still found in their Mylar wrapping sheet command an extra premium. The book went beyond basic erotica of the day, with several shoots pushing various social taboos, and earned Madonna the moniker “Queen of the Obscene.” After the books initial, albeit large, print run Sex has never since been reproduced as Madonna has very typically moved on from this phase of her career. As such one can assume that Sex will probably remain out of print indefinitely.
2. Rage
by Stephen King (as Richard Bachman) (*1947)
Signet; New York, NY, 1977
Paperback, First Edition
211 pages. 18 cm

Rage (originally titled Getting It On) is the first novel by Stephen King published under the pseudonym Richard Bachman in 1977. It was collected in 1985 in the hardcover omnibus The Bachman Books. When King decided to let Rage fall out of print in the United States, it was available only as part of The Bachman Books. The other novels that appeared in that compilation (The Long Walk, Roadwork, and The Running Man) are now published as separate books in the USA.
3. Unintended Consequences
by John Ross
Accurate Press; St. Louis, MO, 1996
Hardcover; First Edition
863 pages

A novel about gun culture, gun rights, and gun control in the United States through the 20th century
4. Promise Me Tomorrow
by Nora Roberts
Pocket Books; New York, NY, 1984
Paperback, First Edition
296 pages ; 18 cm

Described by some as the worst thing Nora Roberts ever wrote, Promise me Tomorrow has been out of print since this first publication, and will probably stay that way for the rest of eternity. Roberts has gone on record to say that this novel is so bad that she will never allow it to be republished, and that her fans should probably avoid it. That however has not stopped this novel from being a mainstay on the BookFinder.com Report, or from completest collectors regularly paying over $100 to aquire a copy.
5. Alla Prima: Everything I Know About Painting
by Richard Schmid
Stove Prairie Press; Manchester Center, VT 1999
First Edition
193 pages : color illustrations ; 22 x 28 cm

Schmid is considered to be one of the greatest living American realist artists and this book is one of the most comprehensive instructional books on oil painting in existance. This book has been reprinted several times, most recently in 2013 as Alla Prima II, but is once again only available through the used book marketplace.
6. Finding the Winning Edge
by Bill Walsh
Sports Pub; Champaign, IL 1998
First Edition
550 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm

Biography of 3 time Super Bowl winning coach of the San Francisco 49ers, who is credited with developing the "West Coast Offence" philosophy. Walsh took a strugling 49ers team and turned them into a dynasty in the 1980s earning him a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
7. The Vision and Beyond, Prophecies Fulfilled and Still to Come
by David R. Wilkerson
World Challenge Publications; Lindale, TX, 2003
143 pages ; 21 cm

David Wilkerson brings the reader up to date and into the future. He firmly believes that we are now living in the time the Bible refers to as "the beginnings of sorrows" and that the world is racing toward Armageddon.
8. Permaculture: A Designers' Manual
by Bill Mollison
Island Press; Washington, DC, 1990
579 pages

While out of print since 1990 in the US this book has been re-published numerous times, most recently in Australia. It is considered by many to be the go to resource for permaculture study even today.
9. Halloween
by Curtis Richards
Bantam; New York, NY, 1979
168 pages

The novelization of John Carpenter's horror classic.
10. Mastering Atmosphere & Mood in Watercolor
by Joseph Zbukvic
International Artist Publishing, 2002
Hardcover, First Edition
128 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm

This book is not only collected as a coffee table book displaying fine art but also as a well-written instructional guide where Zbukvic introduces the watercolor clock as a means to manipulate watercolor materials.


Top 100 most sought after out-of-print books in 2015

11 Cameron Crowe Fast Times at Ridgemont High
12 Barbara Brackman Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns
13 Toby Harnden Bandit Country: The IRA and South Armagh
14 Norman Mailer Marilyn: A Biography
15 Kyle Onstott Mandingo
16 Carl Sagan Murmurs of Earth
17 Ken Stabler Snake
18 Lady Colin Campbell A Life Worth Living
19 Arthur Koestler The Act of Creation
20 Richard Rutt A History of Hand Knitting

21 Elmer Keith Hell, I Was There
22 Eugene M. Schwartz Breakthrough Advertising
23 Sid Watkins Life at the Limit: Triumph and Tragedy in Formula One
24 Arthur S. Maxwell The Bible Story
25 Martin Caidin Cyborg
26 Norman Rockwell 102 Favorite Paintings
27 David Wilkerson Set the Trumpet to Thy Mouth
28 Yasaburo Kuwayama Trademarks and Symbols: Symbolical Design
29 Kit Williams Masquerade
30 Conrad Richter The Trees

31 Ricky Jay Cards as Weapons
32 Paul Hoffman To Drop a Dime
33 Niki Lauda & Herbert Volker To Hell and Back: Lauda Autobiography
34 Sergeanne (Anne) Golon The Angelique Series
35 Robert McCammon The Night Boat
36 Rose Wilder Lane Let the Hurricane Roar
37 John Blockley Country Landscapes in Watercolor
38 Linda Dawson & Terry Furchgott Phoebe and the Hot Water Bottles
39 James Herbert The City
40 Peter F. Hamilton The Reality Dysfunction

41 Jack Hamm First Lessons in Drawing and Painting
42 Ray Bradbury Dark Carnival
43 Stephen King My Pretty Pony
44 Claudia Fleming The Last Course: The Desserts of Gramercy Tavern
45 Stephen King The Body
46 Richo Cech Making Plant Medicine
47 Garry Winogrand Women are Beautiful
48 Prosper Montagne Larousse Gastronomique: The World's Greatest Cookery Encyclopedia
49 Bruce McConkie Mormon Doctrine
50 Jack Handford Professional Pattern Grading for Women's, Men's, and Children's Apparel

51 Patricia Cornwell Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper - Case Closed
52 Robert R. McCammon Baal
53 Johnny Cash Man in Black: His Own Story in his Own Words
54 David Grafton The Sisters: Babe Mortimer Paley, Betsy Roosevelt Whitney, Minnie Astor Fosburgh: The Lives and Times of the Fabulous Cushing Sisters
55 Melody Beattie Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself
56 Joseph McElroy Women and Men
57 Ed Brubaker Daredevil Omnibus, Vol. 1
58 R.H. Blyth Zen in English Literature and Oriental Classics
59 Rien Poortvliet Noah's Ark
60 Robert Gordon & Andrew Forge Monet

61 Sebastião Salgado Sebastião Salgado: Workers: An Archaeology of the Industrial Age
62 Robert Frank The Americans
63 R.H. Blyth The History of Haiku
64 Maisie Mosco Almonds and Raisins
65 Patricia Crone and Michael Cook Hagarism: The Making of the Islamic World
66 Robert Wearing The Essential Woodworker: Skills, Tools and Methods
67 Charles Tritten Heidi Grows Up
68 Stewart Cowley SpaceWreck: Ghost Ships and Derelicts of Space
69 Richard Avedon In the American West
70 Edith Pargeter / Ellis Peters The Heaven Tree Trilogy

71 Betty MacDonald Anybody Can Do Anything
72 Kate Holmes Too Good to be Threw: The Complete Operations Manual for Resale and Consignment Shops
73 Alvaro Castagnet Beyond Technique: Painting With Passion
74 Donald Hamilton The Big Country
75 John Peel Doctor Who: The Evil of the Daleks
76 Steve Jackson Knights of Doom
77 Leonard H. Stringfield Situation Red: The UFO Siege!
78 Pearl S. Buck Imperial Woman: The Story of the Last Empress of China
79 Arthur L. Guptill Norman Rockwell Illustrator
80 Dorothy L. Retallack The Sound of Music and Plants

81 John G. Fuller The Interrupted Journey: Two Lost Hours Aboard a Flying Saucer
82 Penny Lee Dean Open Water Swimming: A Complete Guide for Distance Swimmers and Triathletes
83 Alan V. Brunacini Fire Command
84 Tom Lea The King Ranch
85 Ernest Cole House of Bondage: A South African Black Man Exposes in His Own Pictures and Words the Bitter Life of His Homeland Today
86 Glen Cook She Is The Darkness
87 Peter Cross Trumpets in Grumpetland
88 William Sloane The Edge of Running Water
89 Les Dane Big League Sales Closing Techniques
90 Alex L. Shigo Modern Arboriculture: A Systems Approach to the Care of Trees and Their Associates

91 Arnie & Cathy Fenner Tapestry: The Paintings of Robert McGinnis
92 Fred Buller The Domesday Book of Mammoth Pike
93 Alastair Reynolds Troika
94 Michael Arlen The Green Hat
95 James Lovell Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13
96 Charles Sale The Specialist
97 Edward Matunas Practical Gunsmithing
98 Robert Redford Robert Redford
99 Holly Hobbie The Art of Holly Hobbie
100 Isaac Asimov Nine Tomorrows