Attention Booksellers: Top 10 Hot Tomes for 2007

The top 10 most sought-after, out-of-print books of 2007 cover football scouting, knitting and sex, according to
The fifth-annual top 10 out-of-print bestseller list is out, and it appears that readers were seeking out how-to knowledge in 2007. The top 10 most sought-after, out-of-print books of 2007 includes Once a Runner, the rare Football Scouting Methods by Steve Belichick, the 571-page The Principles of Knitting, as well as the perennial favorite Sex by Madonna, according to

"From 98 to 99 percent of all books ever published are now out-of-print, so they don't show up in traditional bestseller lists," says Anirvan Chatterjee, founder. "Without big marketing budgets behind them, these books have been getting buzz the old-fashioned way: reader word of mouth."

The top 10 as compiled by
  1. Once a Runner (1978) by John L. Parker, Jr.; cult classic distance running novel (long-awaited sequel, Again to Carthage, released November).
  2. Football Scouting Methods (1962) by Steve Belichick; legendary college football scout's playbook, used by coaches and players.
  3. Sex (1992) by Madonna; the pop icon's book of erotic photos, a perennial favorite.
  4. Promise Me Tomorrow (1984) by Nora Roberts; early novel that the bestselling romance novelist refuses to reprint.
  5. The Lion's Paw (1946) by Robb White; enduring children's adventure story.
  6. The Principles of Knitting (1988) by June Hemmons Hiatt; ultimate indispensable hand knitting resource.
  7. Raven: The Untold Story of the Reverend Jim Jones and his People (1982) by Tim Reiterman; chronicles the inner workings which allowed the Peoples Temple to flourish.
  8. Aran Knitting (1997) by Alice Starmore; history and how-to about the Irish technique.
  9. One Way Up (1964) by John F. Straubel; history of helicopters and vertically rising aircraft.
  10. Dear and Glorious Physician (1959) by Taylor Caldwell; novel based on the life of Saint Luke.

Since 1997, has been one of the best ways to find and buy new, used, rare and out-of-print books online. The one-stop e-commerce search engine has an inventory of over 150 million books available for sale from a network of 150,000 booksellers from over 50 countries, making it one of the world's largest searchable book inventory available anywhere, online or off, according to the company. recently published the fifth annual Report, an analysis of out-of-print book demand between July 2006 and June 2007 at:

Michelle Megna is managing editor of

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