Tickle His Pickle by Sadie Allison

In the old days you would pluck your sex manual off the bookstore shelf when no-one was looking, approach the till when the coast was clear and pray the assistant wouldn’t smirk at your selection of Tickle His Pickle: Your Hands-On Guide to Penis Pleasing by Sadie Allison.

Then along came the Internet, oh joy, and books that contained sensitive or embarrassing content could be delivered straight to your home in a plain brown package.

Thanks to the electronic transactions of the Internet, sex manuals and many other books with sexual content are in demand at AbeBooks.com. Sex manuals are proving more popular than ever– there are manuals for sex in your 40s, 50s and 60s; manuals for sex in public; manuals for busy people; manuals for phone sex...... Read on to discover what people are buying from us. (Who’d have thought a Christian sex manual would be so popular?)

But first if you own a sex manual (and by that we mean an instruction manual of some sort and not a novel with heavy sexual content), then please take our anonymous poll – it takes just a minute or two.

AbeBooks.com's Top 10 Bestselling Sex Manuals in 2007

1. Intended for Pleasure: New Approaches to Sexual Intimacy in Christian Marriage

Ed & Gaye Wheat

Intended for Pleasure

2. Passionate Marriage: Keeping Love and Intimacy Alive in Committed Relationships

David Schnarch

Passionate Marriage by David Schnarch

3. She Comes First: The Thinking Man’s Guide to Pleasuring A Woman

Ian Kerner

She Comes First

4. The Tao of Sexology: The Book of Infinite Wisdom

Stephen Thomas

Tao of Sexology

5. The Sexual Teachings of the White Tigress: Secrets of the Female Taoist Masters

Hsi Lai

Sexual Teachings of the White Tigress

6. The Multi-Orgasmic Man: Sexual Secrets Every Man Should Know

Mantak Chia & Douglas Adams Arava

The Multi-Orgasmic Man

7. Taoist Secrets of Love: Cultivating Male Sexual Energy

Mantak Chia & Michael Winn

Taoist Secrets of Love


8. The Sexual Teachings of the Jade Dragon: Taoist Methods for Male Sexual Revitalization

Hsi Lai

The Sexual Teachings of the Jade Dragon


9. Satisfaction: The Art of the Female Orgasm

Kim Cattrall & Mark Levinson

                The Art of the Female Orgasm


10. Hot Monogamy: Essential Steps to More Passionate, Intimate Lovemaking

Patricia Love & Jo Robinson

Hot Monogamy

Other AbeBooks.com Sexy Bestsellers

Most Expensive Sale of a Sex Book
Sex by Madonna ($1,500)
Commonly known as The Madonna Sex Book, this title is constantly one of the most searched for titles in the out of print world with even relatively poor copies listing for close to $100. The coffee table book features over 100 photos of the pop star and an assorted cast of characters in erotic poses and settings. Copies in good condition are difficult to locate.

Sexual Memoir
How to Make Love Like a Porn Star by Jenna Jameson
Sounds like a sex manual but it’s an autobiography. Penned by one of the porn industry’s major icons, this book provides an insider’s guide to the adult-film business but also goes much further into Jenna Jameson’s personal life and the people who shaped her remarkable career.

Erotic Novel
The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)
Best known for Interview With A Vampire, bestselling author Anne Rice wrote three ‘Sleeping Beauty’ books under the pen name of A.N. Roquelaure (meaning Anne under a cloak). The books are a modern, sexual take on the classic fairytale with Sleeping Beauty awakening from her slumber to become a sex slave.

Novel About Sex
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Strictly speaking Lotita is about sexual obsession rather than plain old sex, but Nabokov’s 1955 classic still incites strong emotions as it deals with a sexually precocious twelve-year-old girl. First editions are highly desirable on the rare book market.

Book About Gay Sex
Queer London: Perils and Pleasures in the Sexual Metropolis, 1918-1957 by Matt Houlbrook
A book about gay culture rather than gay sex, but Matt Houlbrook's explores the queer worlds of early 20th century London from parks and streets to restaurants, pubs, dancehalls, bathhouses and hotels as well as attempts by the authorities to crush the gay community.