On Facebook this week I asked, "What is the most avidly-sought out-of-print numismatic book in America? I had one guess for Dave Bower's Silver Dollars & Trade Dollars of the US, and two for the Breen Encyclopedia (thanks to Norman Carnovale and Max Spiegel). But no - it's not even a book on U.S. coins, and there is no other numismatic book in the top 100.
Congratulations to author Rasiel "Ras" Suarez. His book, The Encyclopedia of Roman Imperial Coins turns out to be one of the most sought-after out-of-print books in America, according to a report published by Bookfinder.com.
Some books go out of print and simply disappear. But others stay in demand long after their publishers have ceased to print them. Some are collectible, others are unusual, and many are just plain useful. Bookfinder.com annually prints a list of the 100 most sought-after out-of-print books in America over the past year.
Last year, the group noted "a rush on personal finance and banking policy books." In 2010, however, frugality seemed to reign as "manuals and do-it-yourself guides for sewing, home repair, and other productive pastimes" took the lead.
Below are the Top 10 books on this year's list. Don't be surprised if you haven't heard of most of them. If you're not a coin collector, for instance, you're unlikely to know No. 10 ("ERIC: The Encyclopedia of Roman Imperial Coins," by Rasiel Suarez). And unless you're a real die-hard Stephen King fan you might not have stumbled upon No. 9 ("Rage," by Stephen King writing as Richard Bachman).
But for one reason or another, these titles all have their fans – even though, in some cases, their authors wish it were not so.
As for a second lease on life, some of these books are popular enough that new editions are a possibility. (No. 13, "Aran Knitting" by Alice Starmore, will be reprinted this year.) But in at least two cases noted below, Bookfinder.com predicts that reprinting will never occur.
To read the complete article, see:
Top 100 most sought-after out-of-print books in 2010
Thankfully, a second edition is on the way - see the August 15, 2010 E-Sylum for more information.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NEW BOOK: THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ROMAN IMPERIAL COINS, SECOND EDITION
Wayne Homren, Editor
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