The most shoplifted book ever…

24 May

The most shoplifted book ever is the Bible. Hopefully, at least some of the shoplifters will learn a thing or two, such as Thou Shalt Not Steal…7-7-2013 5-56-31 AMvia


4 Responses to “The most shoplifted book ever…”

  1. Joseph M. Erhardt May 25, 2017 at 8:17 pm #

    Strange. It may be a numbers effect, though. So many Bibles have been printed, any shoplifting by random distribution should have a high hit count here.

    As a percentage of published copies, I would have expected to see Catcher in the Rye, or Candy, or Lady Chatterley’s Lover, or some other literary erotica at the top of the list.

    BTW, it’s not generally known, but there was a sequel to Lady Chatterley, about a peeping tom who roamed her environs. It was called, Lady Chatterley’s Louver.


    • sleepygirl2 May 26, 2017 at 4:32 pm #


      I didn’t research this and there doesn’t seem to be existing research on it but since the Bible is the most printed book it does kind of make sense. I wonder how many Bibles are stolen from hotel rooms.


      • Joseph M. Erhardt May 26, 2017 at 9:21 pm #

        I actually think the Gideons expect a number of their Bibles to be taken, and don’t consider it theft–they consider it a victory of sorts.

        BTW, in many hotel rooms, the Bibles contain “interesting telephone numbers” for the provision of solace. Of a kind.

        Speaking of book theft, remember Steal This Book by Abbie Hoffman? Wonder how a shoplifting charge would stick there. 🙂


      • sleepygirl2 May 27, 2017 at 11:51 am #

        I found this that I posted almost four years ago: Unfortunately, the link to the article no longer works but it was to Publisher’s Weekly.

        I do agree that the Gideons would want their Bibles taken.


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