Margo Rabb has written an excellent essay in The New York Times on theft and its effect on independent bookstores. Jack Kerouac, Martin Amis, Paul Auster, and Jeffrey Eugenides are some of the more frequently pilfered authors, but the most stolen book? The Bible. Even at the Parable Christian Store in Springfield, Ore., where patrons will be given a gratis copy of the Good Book if only they ask, the Bible gets snatched.
Many authors take the theft of their book as a compliment, though Eugenides and Auster note the precarious position it puts independents in.
For further reading, check out Allison Hoover Bartlett’s The Man Who Loved Books Too Much.
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