We changed up this year’s format ever so slightly, and have provided a list of the top 100 most sought after out-of-print books, regardless of category. Among some of the usual suspects (Madonna’s Sex is, not surprisingly, once again on the top of the heap) we have some very interesting newcomers, including:
- The Secret of Instantaneous Healing by Harry Douglas Smith (a guide to mental healing)
- Basic Building Data by Don Graf (A compendium of tables and facts for anyone with an interest in selecting the right materials, location, and layout for a construction project).
- William Burges and the High Victorian Dream by J. Mordaunt Crook (a biography on the great Victorian era architect William Burges)
It also brought a smile to my face seeing Fly Fishing by J.R. Hartley show up in the list. This, of course, is the book that anyone who lived in the UK in the 1980s would remember from the now classic Yellow Pages advert which featured an man traipsing around London's used book shops looking for an old book, only finding success with the telephone directory.
Neither the book, nor the author, existed at the time of the when Yellow Pages created this commercial. So why, you may ask, is this book found in the BookFinder.com report?
The beauty of this whole scenario is that in 1991 a spoof memoir by the fictional Mr. Hartley was published due to the popularity of the ad, and now the spoof is the out-of-print book which is sought after. It kind of reminds me of the time paradox in Terminator, only with used books instead of cyborgs.
See the whole list in the 2010 BookFinder.com Report