Many books - even from popular authors - are out of print (examples are The Collected Jorkens from Lord Dunsany or Round the Fire Stories from Arthur Conan Doyle). What options do I have if I want to get hold of a copy (because I want to be able to read the complete works of the author) without beeing forced to pay collector's prices?
I can think of the following options, please let me know if I forgot any:
- Bite the bullet and pay £100 and more to buy one of the rare copies on the market
- Abandon the idea of being able to place a physical copy into my book case and try to get the e-book or pdf
- Find the full text electronically (for example on Project Gutenberg) and have it printed and bound by some copy shop
- Start a crowd funding campaign (kickstarter or the like) to get the work back into print
- Find a public library that has a copy, visit the library wearing a long trenchcoat and dark sunglasses and conceal the book under my trenchcoat when I leave
Are there any other options?