Ever wonder about the life of books? They’re here, then they’re remaindered and gone. If, somewhere along the line, the author becomes a huge best-seller, the book may be reprinted. But most books aren’t. Their shelf life is short -- sometimes only a few weeks, sometimes less. I remember reading about a huge airport with many bookstores - the shelf life there of books that weren’t big sellers was a counted in minutes - the time it took the person doing the restocking to box up the ones not selling, put out others, and move to the next store to repeat until he made a circle of the stores and started over again.
Some people DO remember books, though. To prove it, I present to you BookFinder’s Top 10 Most Wanted Out-of-Print Books. I’m listing the number 1 in each category, but you can follow the link to see the rest:
Arts & Music
Currier & Ives: Printmakers to the American People
Harry Twyford Peters
And I'd Do It Again
The Pink Dress
Crafts, Hobbies & How-To
Carpentry for Beginners: How to Use Tools, Basic Joints, Workshop Practice, Designs for Things to Make
Charles Harold Hayward
Fiction and Literature
Ticket to Ride
Folklore of Highland County
Mysteries and Thrillers
John K. Hahn with Harold C. McKenney
Popular Science & Technology
Murmurs of Earth: The Voyager Interstellar Record
Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror
Society and Culture
In a Dark Place: The Story of a True Haunting
And before you ask, I have no idea why there’s not a list for Romance.
There are some interesting ones on the lists, including two of Stephen King’s books.
6 months ago