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jul 28, 2006, 12:41 pm

I believe this book is out of print and I would love to see Searching for Shona by Margaret Jean Anderson back in print with an updated cover. I loved this book as a child. I loved the ending. The subject of the children evacuating from the UK during WWII was fascinating, but not as much as the plot twist, and mystery about Shona.

jul 28, 2006, 2:05 pm

I can't find a copy of A Void by Georges Perec anywhere in London. Out of print?? Surely not

jul 28, 2006, 2:21 pm

The Valuetales series by Spencer Johnson and Ann Donegan Johnson... All of them.

Also, Picturesque Tales of Progress and My Book House by Olive Beaupre Miller

jul 28, 2006, 9:20 pm

I was so happy a few years back when Golden Classic Books reprinted The Golden Book of Fairy Tales. I grew up having my mother read to me from her copy. It was old, stained, and no cover. I was thrilled when they reprinted this and I was able to buy her another copy.

Bas Bleu has some newly reprinted childrens books.
Jenny Goes to Sea Written and illustrated by Esther Averill
Jenny's Birthday Book Written and illustrated by Esther Averill
Jenny and the Cat Club Written and illustrated by Esther Averill

jul 28, 2006, 11:20 pm

Another author's books I'd like to see back in print, are Leslie Charteris's Saint Series. I especially liked The Saint in Miami, thought it would still be contemporary. Love to see it done as a movie!

jul 29, 2006, 4:50 am

thanks for invite, opinicus!
One book I'd like to see reprinted is CS Forester's Poo-Poo and the Dragons. I found a few copies available on abebooks or elsewhere but out of my price range!

jul 29, 2006, 12:13 pm

I'd like to see Mrs. Tim Christie by D.E. Stevenson back in print. I have Mrs. Tim Carries On , bu the copies of the former are well over $50 used.

jul 29, 2006, 7:05 pm

It's a national scandal (on both sides of the pond) that The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp by W. H. Davies is out of print. It's a classic account of Davies's life as a hobo in early twentieth-century America, and is one of my favourite books. I would love to give it as a birthday or Christmas present, but it just isn't available :(

jul 29, 2006, 7:17 pm

Oops, Murphy's law, scrub that; have just discovered a reprint from R A Kessinger Publishing Co. There seems to have been a Supertramp/Super-Tramp/Super Tramp searching glitch!

10Sodapop Første besked:
jul 29, 2006, 11:28 pm

OH MY GOODNESS. I loved that book as a child. I could not remember what it was called or who it it was by -- I just remember the story of the two girls switching place. I was just looking for it lately and it's been driving me crazy. Librarything is the best!
Other favorites from childhood about WWII -- When the Siren Wailed by Noel Streatfield, The Machine Gunners and The Silver Sword by Ian Seraillier.

jul 29, 2006, 11:30 pm

Oops thought that would post as a "reply" Just to be clear I was responding to Opinicus's post about Searching for Shona

jul 30, 2006, 8:32 am

Sodapop: Thanks for clearing that up - you had me worried for a moment!

13Genevieve1 Første besked:
jul 31, 2006, 5:26 pm

Thanks for the invitation, Opinicus!

I'd like to see Searching for Shona too.

My favorite books that are currently out of print are White in the Moon by Gretchen Sprague, and Thursday's Children by Rumer Godden. I read White in the Moon over and over in high school, and was amazed when I looked on the used books sites and saw it was out of print and hugely expensive (I got a cheap copy on ebay).

jul 31, 2006, 6:59 pm

Purple House Press has been reprinting childrens books, see the article in the St. Pete Times link above, or their website. I've been thinking of putting together a list of books (childrens) that should be back in print to email them. They do accept emails for reprint suggestions! Another good book, that my father remembers and suspects of being banned was Little Black Sambo. I it in an antique store a few months back, almost bought it for him, the price seemed reasonable at the time, but I was broke.

aug 1, 2006, 11:27 am

"A Void" seems to go in and out of print, but I've never had trouble finding it at any medium-to-large used book store, at least here in the US. I do know that there's a new Verba Mundi edition that came out late last year:

aug 1, 2006, 2:27 pm

If anyone wants a print copy of an out-of-copyright out-of-print book, you can always use the service at It look quite affordable, there's no minimum order, and you can upload a PDF, DOC or even RTF. So if you get something from Project Gutenberg, for example, and do some amateur typesetting using InDesign or whatever, you could have a finished copy of something you've been wanting to hold in your hands for, like, under $10 (B&W softcover).

I haven't used this service, but I definitely will at some point. It sounds great!

aug 1, 2006, 2:36 pm

And I realize that sounded a bit like I work for or something, but I promise I have no affiliation. It's just a very good idea for a service. :)

aug 1, 2006, 6:37 pm

My copy of Rumer Godden's Thursday's Children has a lovely cover, which was what made me pick it up in the shop, and I've been searching for the picture online to put up on my record for the book, but have only found the very ugly cover of another edition. It's a fairly unique book, as books about children doing ballet go, I like rereading it.

I have the copy of Little Black Sambo I had as a child, it is also online at along with her other books.

aug 12, 2006, 8:54 am

Over on the boats and sailing group a link was posted to a recent article listing the 101 greatest seafaring books, a number of which are out of print. Several I was intrested in getting cannot be acquired used for less than $30 dollars and often more; so I'd like to see Journal of a Cruise by David Porter, The Cruise of the Nona by Hilaire Bellocand Tom Cringle's Log by Michael Scott reprinted.

sep 18, 2006, 5:54 am

According to the Recommend Site Improvements Group, your book covers in your library culled from Amazon, and other sources may disappear in time, as the sites discontinue books. Help the many Thingamabrarians who are 'saving' book covers by scanning or taking a picture of your book covers and uploading them to LT. Many books have user contributed covers, you may wish to switch to these covers now.

sep 18, 2006, 12:04 pm

Thanks, Opinicus, for the newsflash! I'll start scanning and uploading covers now.

Very slightly off the main topic of this thread, I'd like to celebrate the return to print in a new, revised edition of The Fiction Editor, the Novel, and the Novelist by Thomas McCormack, past leader of St. Martin's Press. It's the hadns-down best book I've ever encountered at teaching, so far as it can be taught, the art of editing a novel.

Redigeret: dec 12, 2006, 8:42 pm

Three books about the CIA by one of its founders, Miles Copeland,

Beyond Cloak and Dagger
The Game Player
The Real Spy World

and also a book by his son, Ian Copeland, about the music business:

Wild Thing

dec 12, 2006, 8:48 pm

As far as I know, the only new version of Alone: The Classic Polar Adventure by Richard E. Byrd uses blue text against a white background. I found the blue letters very tough on the eyes, thus the book was impossible to read.

jan 4, 2007, 3:10 pm

The works of Howard Pease, shipboard thrillers featuring a young sailor look like fun, but they are out of print and used versions are pretty expensive. Given the renewed interest in the genre, they seem ripe for reprinting.

jan 18, 2007, 6:04 pm

James Agate, Ego vols. 1-9

feb 8, 2007, 6:36 pm

Robert Aickman's ghost stories seem to have disappeared.

mar 2, 2007, 8:54 pm



mar 12, 2007, 10:39 am

The entire output of Jocelyn Brooke

aug 8, 2007, 10:25 am

harry crews' THIS THING DONT LEAD TO HEAVEN is completely, totally, out of print. I'm a publisher as well as a writer and if I could ever get ahold of 82 year old Harry, and he'd give me permission, I'd reprint 300 copies of it. So if he somehow hears about this post, have him get ahold of me at my web site:

thank you.

Redigeret: sep 25, 2007, 3:17 pm

*Most of Wilanne Schneider Belden
*older Anthony Horowitz
*Most of Alexander Key
*The City Underground by Suzanne Martel, Illustrated by Don Sibley. Translated from French to English by Norah Smaridge
*Most of H.M. Hoover
*most of Edward Ormondroyd

33MooreBooks Første besked:
nov 2, 2007, 8:54 pm

The Christmas Cookie Sprinkle Snitcher by vip and illustrated by Robert Kraus.

It's been out of print for about twenty years. Used copies are all collector's copies and cost hundreds of dollars. My family copy has purple crayon scribbled on every page, and the cover was torn years ago and now lost.

I see at least one other person is working to bring this back into print:

Redigeret: maj 21, 2008, 10:11 am

The Book of Bargains by (the Irish-American) Vincent O'Sullivan

The Ape, The Idiot and Other People, by W. C. Morrow

Come over to My House, by Theo Le Sieg (T. Geisel or "Dr. Seuss")

Hanns Heinz Ewers: The Sorcerer's Apprentice; Alraune; Vampire

Hans Henny Jahnn: The Ship (and translate his other stuff, please!)

Julian Gracq: The Dark Stranger
(a new translation and proofreading to clean up all the typos!)

maj 20, 2008, 6:41 pm

Robert Shaw: More Than A Life, about the actor from Jaws, The Sting, From Russia With Love. When you find it it's selling for $130.

jul 25, 2008, 6:07 pm

26> Oh yes! I have a few Pease books - I buy them (or mooch/swap them) whenever I see them at a price I can afford. I'd love to see them reissued.

But my personal choice is Masques by Patricia Briggs. Everything _else_ she wrote has been reissued...wahhh! Her breakthrough book was her fourth, and two of the preceding three have come out, but no sign of Masques (her first). I like her early stuff a lot better than her current series.

jul 31, 2008, 5:34 pm

Okay, my absolute favorite young/teen reader was Celia Garth by Gwen Bristow. It's a Revolutionary War story set in Charleston, and Celia's adventures mirror Johnny Tremain's in Boston. However, here we have a girl heroine!! Imagine how impressive that was several years back. I've only been able to find resale copies online, and I keep recommending it to people who are looking for stories with female lead characters for their elementary age girls.

The Little Fuzzy books by H. Beam Piper go in and out of print as well. Great introductory non-hard science fiction.

jul 31, 2008, 7:56 pm

A new edition of Celia Garth is coming out in December 2008.

Little Fuzzy is currently in print too, although the sequels are harder to find...

aug 1, 2008, 7:15 pm

OMG, I'm excited about Celia Garth! Thanks for the update.

aug 8, 2008, 6:18 pm

How about any of the Madeline Brandeis Children of the World or Children of America series? I read all of them while forced to stay in bed with an illness in the second grade. They were full of life and pictures, and are probably horribly dated now, but that was where I first learned about the bombings of WWI and how it affected the Europeans.

sep 12, 2008, 10:25 pm

Suggestion for a reprint,

Plato's Mathematical Imagination
by Robert S. Brumbaugh

jan 14, 2009, 9:14 am

Is anyone aware of a print-to-order house carrying The Book of the Craft of Dying (ed. FRANCES M. M. COMPER)? It is difficult to locate an affordable copy. Thank you.

jan 14, 2009, 12:16 pm

Lots of other books on this topic, but none more lovely than In the Japanese Garden by Michael S. Yamashita and Elizabeth Bibb. Gorgeous.

jan 26, 2009, 9:50 pm

Just found this thread! One of my favorite childhood books "Sir Machinery" has been out of print a long time. It's time to bring it back!

jan 27, 2009, 10:12 am

Does anyone remember "The Common Reader" catalog? They were a small reprinter of books as well, and they went belly-up a few years ago. They had brought back into print some silly books about Freddy the Pig, whose adventures around upstate New York gave my sisters and later me a lot of hoots reading. I can't find Freddy and the Baseball Team from Mars anywhere!

jul 26, 2009, 9:00 pm

Here's another reprint suggestion, the price on this used is out of sight at Amazon... people are still reading it and asking Mendel Sachs questions about it on is forum.
General Relativity and Matter by Mendel Sachs

jul 27, 2009, 6:29 pm

This isn't an old book but if you try to read the series Balefire by, Cate Tiernan
The second book A Circle of Ashes a paperback mind you there are 5 used on Amazon starting at $116.00.But you can get new copies of the 1st and 3rd.I wrote to Penguin and they said they had no plans to reissue it.