After the book release, the reviews, the promotional events, the sales, many works end up in the used book market. Curious about what types of used books are in demand, I reviewed titles sold by an Internet book business during the first quarter of 2012.
According to the book seller (who deals primarily in hard cover editions), non-fiction far outsells fiction in the resale market. However, I spotted Irwin Shaw’s 1970 novel Rich Man Poor Man and The Mallen Streak, a 1973 work by Catherine Cookson, on the sold list.
Most used book buyers are seeking a specific title rather than browsing as they might do in a brick and mortar bookstore, according to the Internet bookseller. Historical and biographical sales were strong. Here is a sample of titles purchased:
• Madame Curie, Eve Curie, 1937
• Last Train From Berlin, journalist Howard K. Smith’s personal account of WWII experiences, 1942
• Village Horse Doctor, West of the Pecos, Ben K. Green, 1971
• American Caesar, William Manchester’s 1978 biography of Douglas MacArthur
• Norman Rockwell’s Love and Remembrance, George Mendoza, Editor, 1985
• Autobiography of Roy Cohn, Sidney Zion, 1988
• Undaunted Courage: Merriwether Lewis, Thomas, Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West, Stephen E. Ambrose, 1997
• The Man Who Once Was Whizzer White, Dennis J. Hutchinson, 1998 (bio of Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White)
• Gipsy Moth Circles The World, Francis Chichester, 2000
An author who gets his/her name in the news can generate renewed interest in past published works. Thus the 2012 sales list included a used copy of Mitt Romney’s 2004 book Turnaround: Crisis, Leadership, and the Olympic Games.
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