The Most Expensive Book in the World

I recently released a new book (No Niños en la Canasta: 99 Weird Devotions for Uncommon Christians). The paperback will be arriving in another week, but I wanted to check to see if the e-book was up on Amazon. I was a bit surprised to see that it was already on sale there. If you’re one of those e-reader types, I encourage you to go to Amazon and buy it. Every time someone does that, the dog gets to eat for another day. But I digress.

While I was looking to see what was happening with my new book, I noticed that the hard cover edition of my first book (The Last Wedding) was still on sale there. That surprised me even more than the new e-book, because (as far as I knew) they were all gone. Even I don’t have anymore hardcover copies of that baby. But the surprise didn’t stop there.

When I looked a little closer, I noticed that there were two copies left. These two copies were used. The real clincher is that they were on sale “from $892.98” (I rib you not—check it out here). I don’t know who’s selling these prized possessions, but I wish them good luck. If I recall correctly, the original hardcover releases were $23.99. Inflation is a beautiful thing. If anyone buys them at the new price, I hope they find a solid gold bookmarker within the pristine pages of that little tome.

Just in case any of you are anxious to get your hands on one of these collector’s items, there’s a bargain to be had. I noticed that someone else was selling the same edition for $244.95 (one new and one used). If I had known I could get away with such highway robbery, I may have kept all of my original copies and waited until now to put them on sale. I guess I’m just not that enterprising of an individual. I certainly don’t have that kind of foresight. Who knew? If these guys can pull this off, they’re going to make a killing.

As you may have noticed, I’ve entitled this blog, “The Most Expensive Book in the World.” That, of course, is a bit of an overstatement. There are plenty of books that pull in a much higher price than mine. I just read where Christie’s New York was auctioning off a copy of John James Audubon’s The Birds of America which has sold for $11.5 million back in 2010. If The Last Wedding ever rakes in over a million, I’m pretty sure I’ll throw up. (Sorry for the graphic description of my feelings, but these things can get rather personal.) I think my work is worth a few bucks, but c’mon!

The real kicker is this. If I understand correctly, soon you’ll be able to read The Last Wedding for free if you join Amazon’s “Free to Read” program. The moral of the story is clear. Have patience and you can save $892.98.

[Dave Zuchelli is a graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and currently resides in Aldie, VA.]

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