When bibliophiles are hunting for their Holy Grail, many times Amazon.com and Abebooks.com will not suffice; at that point, many turn to BookFinder.com, an independent subsidiary of AbeBooks, which in turn is owned by Amazon.com (as of 2008). Bookfinder is able to search the inventories of more than 150,000 independent booksellers from more than 50 countries around the world, giving the bibliophile instant access to more than 150 million books. Once a book is found, the customer can buy the book directly from the original bookseller without having to pay Bookfinder a fee.
Last year, book lovers were on the hunt for 10 very diverse titles from a wide range of genres. At the top of the list is a provocative, controversial book published in 1992 by Queen of Pop and iconoclast, Madonna, who has reinvented herself successfully many times throughout the decades. Sex is a coffee table book that features erotic (some say “softcore porn”) photographs shot by Steven Meisel and video stills from the concurrent release of Madonna’s CD, Erotica, shot by Fabien Baron, with text by Madonna writing as a character named Mistress Dita (inspired by a popular German actress from the 30s, Dita Parlo) who explores her sexual fantasies. The first printing of the book in English was 1.5 million copies, followed by a second printing of 1.5 million copies, with an initial price of $49.95. The book caused a sensation in the book publishing world triggering protests, boycotts, as well as brisk sales. Today, the book fetches $150-400 in the secondary book market.
1. Sex by Madonna
2. Rage by Stephen King/Richard Bachman
3. Promise Me Tomorrow by Nora Roberts
4. My Pretty Pony by Stephen King
5. Pure, White & Deadly; The Problem of Sugar by John Yudkin
6. Mandingo by Kyle Onstott
7. Man in Black by Johnny Cash
8. Codex Seraphinianus by Luigi Serafini
9. 365 Bedtime Stories by Nan Gilbert
10. Tudor Roses by Alice Starmore
For further reading: http://www.bookfinder.com. http://www.abebooks.com/docs/Community/Featured/madonna.shtml.