Musings From A Bookmammal

Musing Mondays–Out Of Print, But Not Out Of Mind


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Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB that asks you to muse about one of several “bookish” questions… or, you can just ramble on about anything you like that pertains to books! You can join in by clicking the graphic above. Go ahead–it’s fun!

Here’s my Musing Monday ramble for the week: 

stack of booksI’ve been working on a list of books for a future “Tuesday Ten” list, and as I’ve been putting the list together, I’ve realized that a couple of the novels I’m including on this list of favorites have gone out of print. Luckily I still have my copies that I bought years ago—but it makes me feel badly that particular books that I feel have real merit and that I’ve read and re-read over the years are now no longer available—except perhaps in used bookstores or in libraries.

Here’s an example—there’s a novel called White Lies by Jonellen Heckler that was published in 1989. It’s one of my favorite books—it’s told completely through letters to and from three fictional sisters, and it’s about what these women choose to reveal to each other, and what they choose to hide. It’s a fascinating study of family relationships, it’s told in a unique way, and it makes the reader think about how well we really know the ones we love. I’ve read this book at least five times—probably more.

As far as I can tell, it’s no longer in print—and that makes me sad, because I think it’s a great novel with wide appeal. For whatever reason, at some point it stopped making money for the publisher, and that was that. But when I look at some of the books being written nowadays, it makes me wonder why there isn’t still room for this old favorite of mine.

How about you? Are there any books that you love that are no longer in print? Please share!

Author: bookmammal

I love books, reading, writing, cooking, eating, reading while eating, and sharing thoughts about all of the above–plus a bit more! I usually post about topics relating to books and literacy during the week, and then participate in a variety of non-bookish memes on the weekend. Please feel free to join in! Some random things about me– –I have multiple bookshelves in every room of my home except the bathroom. They’re all filled to bursting. They help to make my house my home. –I have two cats who I love dearly, but who I definitely do NOT dress in human clothing. Ever. –I’ve never had a cavity. –I make a mean spaghetti sauce. –I’m a newcomer to yoga and I love it. –My day is not complete without a little chocolate.

8 thoughts on “Musing Mondays–Out Of Print, But Not Out Of Mind

  1. I have found the same with books going out of print. One nice thing about ebooks is that authors can put them back out in electronic form and we can still get them.

  2. Since I’m not a re-reader of many books, this is not a problem for me. Like Jo @ Mixed Book Bag if I am looking for a book I check out my e-readers first.

  3. Fortunately, I haven’t had the same problem yet. All of my favorite books are still available in bookstores.
    Here’s my Musing

  4. White Lies sounds awesome!

  5. I did find out a book that i wanted to read was out of print, it was published in 1938 by an author I liked. recently i heard that the book may be made for ebook. check ebook listing. I know the feeling.

  6. I haven’t encountered this yet. Another reason to hold onto books tho. Here’s my musing:

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