April 17, 2012
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O is for Out of Print

This is a book I read years ago when I was in elementary school. It is out of print, and has been for a long time.

What amazes me most is that I don’t remember it being a spectacular book, yet whenever it pops up on Ebay or Amazon, the going rate is between $200 and $300 dollars.

Below are some other books from my old OOP list:

Back in Print!
I still can’t believe I spent $100 for my copy of this only to have them reprint it 6 months later… for $2.99

There is one book I would undoubtedly spend $200 dollars on if it ever went out of print and I somehow lost my copies (I own three. 2 HC and 1 PB) That book is:

My all time favorite book. πŸ™‚

Anyone else out there have a book they’d value at $200 or what’s some other titles that should be reprinted?


  1. Carrie Butler

    Oh, I remember Ella Enchanted! Good call. πŸ™‚

  2. Jaycee DeLorenzo

    Ella Enchanted is a favorite. I think I read Little Witch – it looks very familiar.

  3. Jackie

    I don't know if it's out of print, but I loved E.L. Konigsburg's From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. It was published in the 60's, so I'm guessing a first edition would be outlandish, but I'd love to own it.

  4. Miss H

    I haven't heard of any of these but I do hold fond memories of the books I read in primary school. Especially the book "Break for Freedom"

  5. Julie Dao

    What a timely post!! I've actually been looking for paperback copies of Monica Furlong's Juniper and Wise Child, which I read when I was a kid, and I had a Barnes and Noble gift card so I decided to check it out. Guess how much a brand-new paperback costs? I nearly dropped to the floor… it was something like $200. Yikes!

  6. Anonymous

    I've paid $200 several times for books. Not necessarily classics, but they were worth it to me.

  7. Botanist

    I can't think of anything I'd need to own that much. I do have one book that I paid about 30 or 40 pounds for back in the 80s in the UK. That was a lot for a book then, but I recently found out that it's since become something of a collectors' item. It is also the one on my shelves that I would be most reluctant to part with.

  8. Dani

    I have never read any of these but they all look great! I don't know if I'd pay that much for a book.

  9. Alex J. Cavanaugh

    Two hundred dollars? That's a lot for a book!

  10. vic caswell

    wow! that's a lot for a book!
    finding a copy in your home library would be… lucrative.

  11. Brinda

    I've never thought about out of print books. Wow. They are rather pricey.

  12. Creepy Query Girl

    I hadn't thought about OOP books either! That is alot! I find often times, if the book is well loved enough, they redo a printing at some point. I still have the original 1980's LJ smith books and they look and are formatted completely different than the new versions.

  13. Madeline Mora-Summonte

    I still have some of my books from when I was a kid. I don't know if they're worth a lot of money or not – and I don't care. They're worth a lot to me! πŸ™‚

    Happy A-Z!

  14. Andrea Teagan

    I have the silver crown, just bought it for a dollar (please don't hate me) but haven't read it yet. Now, I definitely will. It is SOOO incredibly sad to see good books go out of print. My personal favorite is The Seal Child by Sylvia Peck.


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