Demand persisting

Each year, puts out a list of the top 100 most searched for out of print book titles from the previous 12 months. For 2013, the top three slots are occupied by two people. One wrote under his own name for one and under a pseudonym for the other; the other maybe should have adopted an alias, but never would have.

The latter, in the Number One slot, is Sex by Madonna, which perhaps earns its place at the top for reasons other than the subject matter:

The book itself is spiral bound and actually quite fragile making fine copies relatively rare; copies still found in their Mylar wrapping sheet command an extra premium… After the book’s initial, albeit large, print run Sex has never since been reproduced as Madonna has very typically moved on from this phase of her career. As such one can assume that Sex will probably remain out of print indefinitely.

I’m betting most of you can guess the author of the next two.


  1. Bill Peschel »

    31 January 2014 · 10:54 am

    Here’s the correct link to the article:

  2. CGHill »

    31 January 2014 · 10:59 am

    Thanks. Add this to the Why We Need Editors pile.

    (One extra quotation mark, and it throws in something utterly irrelevant. Who knew?)

  3. fillyjonk »

    31 January 2014 · 12:13 pm

    Of those 10, the one I’ve actually expressed a desire for in the past is the Harvard “Five Foot Shelf.”

    Some of those others, I didn’t even know existed.

    but I really would like a set of the Harvard Five Foot Shelf. I just can’t justify the expense if I found one, or the space it would take up, however.

  4. Charles Pergiel »

    31 January 2014 · 2:39 pm

    Isn’t Madonna an alias?

  5. CGHill »

    31 January 2014 · 2:48 pm

    It’s on her birth certificate. (Full name: Madonna Louise Ciccone.)

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