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Most collectible authors

Over the past few weeks, we have been analysing sales data to discover the most collectible authors on AbeBooks. We looked at sales in 2007 and compiled an ‘author collectibility index’ based on sales of books priced more than $500. Two self-published authors – Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams, who co-wrote a fantasy novel called The Highfield Mole – currently rank alongside JK Rowling and Stephen King as the writers most in demand from rare book collectors on the Internet.

After being tipped as the next Harry Potter, demand for The Highfield Mole reached its zenith last summer when it was republished with a new title, Tunnels. Collectors snapped up scarce copies of the self-published edition and prices quickly rose until a copy sold for $1,900 on AbeBooks.com.

Khaled Hosseini finds himself between Ernest Hemingway and Harper Lee for probably the only time in his brief career. I don’t expect to see Hosseini on this list in 12 months time – he’ll go the way of Dan Brown.

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