I have just completed my review of world-wide libraries who have copies of my books on their shelves. It makes interesting reading.
What is, however, rather nice, is that there is a copy in Harvard University Library and in, of all places, Shanghai Library in China ……
I am surprised, and delighted, to discover that my most popular book is the second edition of “The Out-of-Body Experience” which was published in 2016. This can be found in no less than 148 libraries across the world including a copy at the library of the University of Marburg in Germany and another in the library of the American University of Malta.
Copies of my latest book, “The Hidden Universe – An Investigation into Non-Human Intelligences can be found in 34 libraries spread across the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
52 libraries have copies of my Philip K. Dick book. Most of these are in the UK with a handful in the USA, Australia and New Zealand. I am pleased to see that a copy can be found in the University at Berkeley University in California.
My first book, ITLAD, first published in 2006, still has 39 copies in libraries. Stand out locations are the University of Oxford Library and Trinity College Dublin Library. I know that many more libraries stocked copies of this book but clearly, over the years, the copies have been damaged and have not been replaced.
36 libraries still have copies of The Daemon – A Guide To Your Extraordinary Secret Self. This is nice to know because this book was published 12 years ago and has not had a second edition … so these copies must be getting pretty worn. The stand-out locations are the library of The American University of Nigeria and the Library of the University of Marburg in Germany.
I have just discovered that only 7 libraries in the world have copies of my book “Time and the Rose Garden: Encountering The Magical in the Life and Works of J.B. Priestley. These include Bradford (of course), the British Library and the National Library of Scotland. One library service in Preston has it and, as regards the UK that is it.
What is, however, rather nice, is that there is a copy of my J B Priestley book in Harvard University Library and in, of all places, Shanghai Library in China ……
My second least popular book, which is also reflected in sales, is “The Labyrinth of Time”. This is sad as it is my personal favourite. This can be found in only 28 libraries. However, I am pleased to see that copies are being loaned out from the libraries at The University of Zurich in Switzerland and the University of Nurnberg in Germany.
In terms of academic interest, by far the most popular book is “Opening The Doors of Perception”. 50 libraries have copies including libraries at The University of Munster, The University of Marburg, the American University of Malta, City University New York, The University of West Virginia and the University of Tennessee.
This tells me a great deal about how the world works. It is evident that in Germany, Malta and the USA my work has a degree of academic credibility whereas it seems that British universities have seemingly no interest whatsoever in what I have to contribute …. Rather sad but, to be honest, also to be expected …… I am hoping that this will change when, and if, I complete my PhD….
I used https://www.worldcat.org/ to research this information. It really is a terrific website …. you can check out any author and discover how far their ideas have spread …. really informative.