4 thoughts on “The most shoplifted book ever…

  1. Joseph M. Erhardt May 25, 2017 / 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 / 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 / 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. 🙂


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