The Most Shoplifted Book is the Bible?

BibleIsis Madrid writes on Flavorwire:

Bookworms are an interesting sort. Some compulsively hoard literary nuggets until their shelves sag and creak, yet never bother to actually read their collection. Others can barely tear themselves away from the freshly-vacuumed bookstore corner in which they devour the newest Malcolm Gladwell for fear that the trip home will forever interrupt their cozy date. There are bookworms with Kindles, and bookworms juggling the four paperbacks they’re reading at once. There are bookworms who get turned on by first editions, and bookworms keen on newer, abstract renditions. There are bookworms who follow the Tao of Oprah, and others who only listen to Deepak Chopra.

But perhaps the most intriguing bookworm of all is the bibliokleptomaniac, or what we like to call the kleptobrainiac. These people are book thieves, the nerdiest outlaws this side of Hogwarts. Fascinated? Appalled? Exposed? Find out what the most shoplifted books of modern times are after the jump.

In Margo Rabb’s recent New York Times essay, we learn that only 40 percent of books that are read are paid for, and only 28 percent are purchased new. What about the rest? They’re shared, lent, given away or stealthily taken by a customer with a case of the happy hands.

Depending on who you ask, the number one shoplifted book of modern times is either the Bible or The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides. After these two, (and like these two) the top 10 list is male-penned. In fact, according to store owners surveyed by Rabb, the most-nicked books share two things: fiction as a genre and a male author.

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  • morgan

    there is a little bit of pride in here. some time, maybe too. i would love to say some manipulation too. But, really, the numbers are far too unexagerated, really shit has been burned and really the bible and it's real manuscripts are really misrepresented.

  • girlmachine

    Wow, I'm suddenly feeling very inadequate because I've never stolen a bible. I guess there's only one way to remedy that…

  • santosfabian

    fiction as a genre? you'll burn in hell for that. or maybe… you wont

  • tonyviner

    I borrowed an Edgar Allen Poe book from school ten years ago and have yet to return it. I also have yet to read it, which is weird because I like Poe and I have read nearly every other book that I pick up.

    I had someone steal a Bible from me while I was at church. Now that I think about it, it may have just been someone throwing it away because I desecrated it. Nothing too serious, I just wrote nWo all over it and had pictures of Hollywood Hogan on it. Everyone else claims their Bible to be right, so why not me?

  • He Who's Name Must Be Cencored

    I stole a bible, a koran and a copy of twilight just to start my bbq pit…

    Those who stole the bible to read it only reenforces my belief that christians are flakes and fakes.

  • Idiot Dubya

    I travel in my work with hotel stays all over. I always take the bible , along with the shampoo and any coffee packets I don’t use. I figure any money these Idiots have to spend replacing bibles is that much less they have to attack Gay, pregnant women or workers rights!

  • Idiot Dubya

    I travel in my work with hotel stays all over. I always take the bible , along with the shampoo and any coffee packets I don't use. I figure any money these Idiots have to spend replacing bibles is that much less they have to attack Gay, pregnant women or workers rights!

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