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The top 100 most searched for out-of-print books

Our friends at BookFinder compile one of the most interesting lists in the book business – the top 100 most searched for out-of-print books in the United States. Sadly, books fall out-of-print when publishers decide that there isn’t enough demand. That’s when the used book market becomes important for ensuring that these hard-to-find titles can still be found and bought.

The most recent list is diverse. Madonna’s famous Sex (one of the book’s few images that we could publish is seen left) is top of the list as always and Codex Seraphinianus by Luigi Serafini – dubbed the world’s weirdest book – is also in the top 10. There’s also a cookbook from actor and fine food connoisseur Vincent Price.

There are many famous authors on the list, including Stephen King (twice), Nora Roberts, Ray Bradbury, Barbara Cartland, Carl Sagan, C.S. Lewis and Madeleine L’Engle. There are also books from major artists like Salvador Dali and Cecil Beaton, and the autobiography of musician Johnny Cash.

A small number of these books are so scarce now that even AbeBooks booksellers do not have copies. In some cases, only a handful of copies are now available which means prices have become high.

Top 100 Most Searched for Out-of-Print Books

1. Sex
by Madonna

2. Rage
by Stephen King/Richard Bachman

3. Promise Me Tomorrow
by Nora Roberts

4. My Pretty Pony
by Stephen King

5. Pure, White & Deadly; The Problem of Sugar
by John Yudkin

6. Mandingo
by Kyle Onstott

7. Man in Black
by Johnny Cash

8. Codex Seraphinianus
by Luigi Serafini

9. 365 Bedtime Stories
by Nan Gilbert

10. Tudor Roses
by Alice Starmore

11. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
by Cameron Crowe

12. A Treasury of Great Recipes
by Mary & Vincent Price

13. Dark Carnival
by Ray Bradbury

14. The Jerusalem Bible
illustrated by Salvador Dali

15. Sisters
by Lynne Cheney

16. Arithmetic Progress Papers
by H. Henry Thomas

17. Beyond the Plough
by Janet Woods

18. Labyrinth: A Novel
by A.C.H. Smith

19. In a Dark Place: The Story of a True Haunting
by Ray Garton

20. I Go Pogo
by Walt Kelly

21. Phoebe and the Hot Water Bottles
by Linda Dawson & Terry Furchgott

22. Advise and Consent
by Allen Drury

23. The Centurions
by Jean Larteguy

24. Fly Fishing: Memories of Angling Days
by J.R. Hartley

25. Little Witch
by Anna Elizabeth Bennett

26. Collector’s Guide to Colt .45 Service Pistols
by Charles W. Clawson

27. Reflections of Nero Culture, History & Representation
by JasĖ Elsner

28. The Allegory of Love: A Study in Medieval Tradition
by C.S. Lewis

29. The Bishop’s Wife
by Robert Nathan

30. Ilsa
by Madeleine L’Engle

31. The Reluctant King: The Life and Reign of George VI, 1895-1952
by Sarah Bradford

32. Murmurs of Earth
by Carl Sagan

33. Cards As Weapons
by Ricky Jay

34. British Battleships of World War Two
by Alan Raven & John Roberts

35. The Book of Indians
by Clancy Holling

36. Halloween
by Curtis Richards

37. Good Vibes
by Jay Cronley

38. The Golden Book of the Civil War
by Charles Flato

39. Ticket to Ride
by Dennis Potter

40. Hell, I Was There
by Elmer Keith

41. House of Bondage
by Ernest Cole

42. The Pink Dress
by Anne Alexander

43. The Big Country
by Donald Hamilton

44. Stuart: A History of the American Light Tank
by R.P. Hunnicutt

45. Big League Sales Closing Techniques
by Les Dane

46. A Payroll to Meet: A Story of Greed, Corruption, and Football at SMU
by David Whitford

47. Too Good to be Threw
by Kate Holmes

48. A Treasury of American Prints
by Thomas Craven

49. To Drop a Dime
by Paul Hoffman

50. Country Landscapes in Watercolor
by John Blockley

51. Crochet Lace: An illustrated Guide to Making Crochet Lace Fabrics
by Mary Konior

52. The Glass of Fashion
by Cecil Beaton

53. The Act of Creation
by Arthur Koestler

54. Bowman of Crecy
by Ronald Welch

55. The Windflower
by Laura London

56. The King Ranch
by Tom Lea

57. The Assembly Line
by Milt Tenopir

58. Practical Gunsmithing
by Edward Matunas

59. Tellers of Tales: 100 Short Stories from the United States, England, France, Russia and Germany
by W Somerset Maugham

60. The Star Conquerors
by Ben Bova

61. Eve of the End
by Allan D Richter

62. Mastering Atmosphere & Mood in Watercolor
by Joseph Zbukvic

63. Second Sight
by David Williams

64. Covenant with Death
by John Harris

65. The Blood Star
by Nicholas Guild

66. McCoys: Their Story as Told to the Author by Eye Witnesses and Descendants
by Truda Williams McCoy

67. The Magic Talisman
by John Blaine

68. The Vision and Beyond
by David Wilkerson

69. The House Without Windows
by Barbara Newhall Follett

70. Pancakes A to Z
by Marie Simmons

71. She Is The Darkness
by Glen Cook

72. Cyborg
by Martin Caidin

73. Currier & Ives: Printmakers to the American People
by Harry Twyford Peters

74. The Wonderful Fashion Doll
by Laura Bannon

75. Jennie / The Abandoned
by Paul Gallico

76. The Bumper Book: A Harvest of Stories and Verses
by Watty Piper

77. The Modern Gunsmith
by James Virgil Howe

78. Drum
by Kyle Onstott

79. Carriage Entrance
by Polan Banks

80. The Septuagint Bible
by Charles Thomson

81. Basic Building Data: 10,000 Timeless Construction Facts
by Don Graf

82. Notations
by John Cage

83. Birds of Britain
by John D. Green

84. Apple Pigs
by Ruth Orbach

85. The Ideal Communist City
by Alexei Gutnov

86. Coal
by Jason Grant

87. War in the Modern Great Power System 1495-1975
by Jack S. Levy

88. A Treasury of Grand Opera
edited by Henry W. Simon

89. Our Journey in the Life
by Doyle C. Barnes

90. Approaches to Translation
by Peter Newmark

91. The Black Sun
by Kyle Onstott & Lance Horner

92. Turkish Delight
by Jan Wolkers

93. Almonds and Raisins
by Maisie Mosco

94. Alvin Fog, Texas Ranger
by John Thomas Edson

95. Basic Medical Laboratory Subjects
by Hugh Woosley

96. Hand and Rod Puppets
by Hansjurgen Fettig

97. The Lost Boys
by Craig Shaw Gardner

98. 102 Favorite Paintings
by Norman Rockwell

99. The Imperialists
by William Stuart Long

100. Against the Stream
by Barbara Cartland

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