When it comes to reading material, Americans want Sex — and no, we’re not talking about 50 Shades of Grey Madonna‘s wildly controversial erotic 1992 coffee table book Sex has has once again topped BookFinder.com’s annual list of the most sought-after out-of-print books in America. 

The BookFinder.com website tracks searches for out-of-print titles, and has now issued a report based on the past 12 months of data.  Sex is #1 on the list, as it was last year, and the site describes it as a “perennial.”

When Sex was released, it shocked the world, because it featured soft-core pornographic pictures of Madonna completely nude and posed in various sexual positions and situations, along with actress Isabelli Rossellini, model Naomi Campbell, rappers Vanilla Ice and Big Daddy Kane, and others.  Many bookstores refused to carry it, and some organizations sought to ban it.  It came in a special Mylar package that kept curious consumers from thumbing through the book in the store; you had to actually purchase it to see what was inside. 

Since it went out of print, unopened copies of Sex have been sold for as much as $150 on eBay.

One other out-of-print book by a popular music artist appears on BookFinder.com’s list for 2012: Johnny Cash‘s 1975 autobiography, Man in Black,  which is #7 on the tally.  Other highly sought out-of-print books include titles by Stephen King, Nora Roberts, Ray Bradbury and CS Lewis.  Director Cameron Crowe‘s 1981 book Fast Times at Ridgemont High, which inspired the popular film of the same name, is also on the list.

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