Out-of-print bestsellers

This is interesting, and related to that Guardian piece I linked earlier, on the subject of used books and the internet — The Christian Science Monitor offers Bookfinder‘s list of “the most requested out-of-print books in 10 different categories in the first half of 2004.” The list includes Hunter S. Thompson’s The Curse of Lono, Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights, Lynne Cheney’s Sisters, The World Crisis by Winston Churchill, Esther’s Sex (okay, I mean Madonna’s Sex), The Bachman Books: Four Early Novels by Stephen King (as Richard Bachman), and The New Soldier, edited by John Kerry.

I’m not sure why The Christian Science Monitor didn’t ask all the major online used-book dealers for their most-requested out-of-print books instead of simply relying on Bookfinder‘s stats. Maybe this article is some kind of newfangled advertising, like product placement in movies and on TV.


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