Is your budget wandering off because of poor quality books?
The Publisher's Hall of Shame is the brainchild of John R. Clark, M.Ed., MLIS, librarian at the Hartland (ME) Public Library. When time permits, he writes fantasy and dark fiction.

++UPDATED 04/25/08++

Please Report bad books to: berek@tds.net

Important note: I have archived pre 2004 reports Here

Success stories, information about the site and insults handed to Librarians by publishers are Here

 

**Please include TITLE, PUBLISHER and STATE/PROVINCE/COUNTRY of reporting library

The Publishers Hall of Shame is a collaborative list of new books purchased by public, school and academic Libraries in the United States that have fallen apart almost immediately upon release into circulation. It is my intent to collect data from as many libraries as are willing to create something tangible to show the publishing industry. Paying between $20-$30 for a book that is poorly manufactured is unacceptable and borders on fraud.

"And we all know what's going to fly before the publishing industry takes us seriously...Unless we do something assertive."

**37 States Currently Reporting: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut,Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin++Countries reporting-Australia, Canada (British Columbia, Ontario & Manitoba )**

2004-08 Submissions

TITLE~PUBLISHER~REPORTING LIBRARY 

The Big Bad Wolf (3 reports)

Little, Brown

Manhattan (MT)  Community Library

Bowling Green (KY) Public Library 04-20-04

Fauquier County (VA) Public Library **6 copies** 06-09-04

Mr. Maybe

Broadway Books

Rappahannock High School-Warsaw, VA

Split Second

Warner Books

Rochester Hills (MI) Public Library 03-04-04

Beekeeper's Pupil

Headline Books

Missoula (MT) Public Library 03-10-04

Die Laughing

St. Martins Press

Missoula (MT) Public Library 03-10-04

One Pill Makes You Smaller

Farrar, Straus, Giroux

Missoula (MT) Public Library 03=10-04

Air Battle Force

Morrow

Missoula (MT) Public Library 03-10-04

Lunch at the Piccadilly

Algonquin Books

Missoula (MT) Public Library 03-10-04

Through the Lens: National Geographic Greatest Photographs. (multiple copies

National Geographic Society

Lake County (IN) Public Library 03-12-04

The Abracadabra Kid:

Greenwillow Books

Freeport (ME) Middle School Library 03-29-04

Midnight Blue

Bloomsbury

Freeport (ME) Middle School Library 03-29-04

Beginner books from Random House. I ordered a whole set of Dr. Seuss titles from Demco and five have fallen apart after 2 or 3 circulations.

Random House

Hugh Mercer School, Fredericksburg, VA 22401 04-02-04

Achoo! Bang! Crash! : the noisy alphabet

Roaring Brook Press

Austin (TX) Public Library, North Village Branch. 04/06/04

Second Time Around (6 copies)

Simon & Schuster

Farmington Community Library, Farmington Hills, MI 04/07/04, South Garland (TX) Library-08-28-04

Skin Deep: tattoos, the disappearing West, very bad men, and my deep love for them all

Harcourt

Newport (OR) Public Library04-08-04

A Hole In Texas

Little, Brown

Iola (KS) Public Library 04-08-04

Vegetal Como Eres (Spanish language version of the children's book How Are You Peeling?)

Scholastic

Austin (TX) Public Library, North Village Branch. 04/13/04

The Touch

Simon & Schuster

Bowling Green (KY) Public Library 04-20-04

Close Your Eyes

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (imprint – Frances Foster Books).

Reported by an Indiana library wishing to remain anonymous 4-21-04

Sins of Omission (2 copies at least)

Ballantine Books

Phoenix (AZ) Library system-05-07-04

Death Gets a Time-Out

Berkley

Missoula (MT) Public Library-05-13-04

So Many Books, So Little Time

Putnam

Missoula (MT) Public Library-05-13-04

Trading Up

Hyperion

Missoula (MT) Public Library-05-13-04

Best Enemies

St. Martin's

Missoula (MT) Public Library-05-13-04

Through the Lens: National Geographic Greatest Photographs

National Geographic

Lake County Public Library, Merrillville, IN-05-21-04

Sense Pass King (see note below)

Holiday House

Randolph (VT) Elementary School-06-07-04

The Last Juror

Doubleday

Cape Girardeau (MO) Public Library 07-07-04

Encyclopedia of Contemporary Latin American and Caribbean Cultures **Missing 30 Pages from Index in V.3**

Routledge

New Mexico State University Library 08/03/04

In the moon of red ponies

Simon & Schuster

Adelia M. Russell Library, Alexander City , AL 08-04-04

Absolute Friends

Little, Brown

Adelia M. Russell Library, Alexander City , AL 08-11-04

Emma's Secret

St. Martin's Press

Adelia M. Russell Library, Alexander City , AL 08-11-04

Plan of Attack

Simon & Schuster

Adelia M. Russell Library, Alexander City , AL 08-11-04

A Death in Vienna

G.P. Putnam

Adelia M. Russell Library, Alexander City , AL 08-11-04

Hummingbird Wizard

Tom Doherty

Adelia M. Russell Library, Alexander City , AL 08-11-04

From Rage to Reason

Kensington Publishing

Maine State Library 08-17-04

Historia Viva: Memorias

Planeta

Deltona Regional Library, Volusia County (FL) Public Library System 08-17-04

Sullivan's Law

Kensington Books

Adelia M. Russell Library, Alexander City , AL 09-10-04

The Perfect Wife

Simon & Schuster

Adelia M. Russell Library, Alexander City , AL 09-10-04

Memorial Day

Atria Books

Adelia M. Russell Library, Alexander City , AL 09-13-04

Bet Me

St. Martin's Press

Adelia M. Russell Library, Alexander City , AL 09-13-04

Burglar on the prowl

William Morrow

Adelia M. Russell Library, Alexander City , AL 09-13-04

Daughter of the Forest

TOR

Bowling Green (KY) Public Library 09-16-04

The Tin Collectors

St.Martin's Press

Johnstown Public Library in Fulton County New York 09-20-04

American Soldier

Regan Books

Millinocket (ME) Memorial Library 10-21-04

Daughter of the Forest (NOTE) This is the third replacement copy I have purchased for my library shelves; the binding comes unglued after as few as three readings. The book is the first of the Sevenwaters Trilogy, or I would not even bother reordering it..

TOR

Cape Girardeau (MO) Public Library 11/02/04

Vertical Coffin

St. Martin's Press

Adelia M. Russell Library, Alexander City AL 11-17-04

White Hot

Simon & Schuster

Adelia M. Russell Library, Alexander City AL 11-17-04

Three weeks with my brother

Warner Books

Adelia M. Russell Library, Alexander City AL 11-19-04

SHAMEFUL BOOKS:  2005-2007

Hour Game

Warner Books

Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library 02-03-05

Hair Trix for Cool Chix: the Real Girl's Guide to Great Hair

Watson-Guptill Publications

Phoenix Public Library-Juniper Branch 08-24-05

The Historian (large print edition)

Little Brown

Phoenix Public Library 08-24-05

The Historian

Little, Brown

Gilford (NH) Public Library 09-08-05

Lifeguard (7 copies)

Little Brown

Quincy (IL) Public Library 09-14-05

Night Fall (15 copies)

Warner Books

South Huntington Library, Huntington Station, NY 09-14-05

Twelfth Card (3 libraries)

Simon & Schuster

Waterville (ME) Public Library 09-12-05, Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library 09-22-05, Naples (ME) Library 02/14/06

LBD : it's a girl thing

G.P. Putnam's Sons

Massabesic High School Library 09-12-05

Polio: An American Story

Oxford U. Press

Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library 09-22-05

4th of July (Multiple Copies, Multiple Libraries)

Little, Brown

Toledo-Lucas (OH) County Public Library 09-22-05, Naples, (ME) Public Library 02/14/06

No Place Like Home (Multiple Copies)

Simon & Schuster

Toledo-Lucas (OH) County Public Library 09-22-05

Unexpected Blessings (Multiple Copies)

Random House

Toledo-Lucas (OH) County Public Library 09-22-05

Back to the Bedroom (Multiple Copies)

Harper Torch

Toledo-Lucas (OH) County Public Library 09-22-05

With No One as Witness (submitter's comments-Two of our copies are currently out of commission because the book block of 630 pages was only held to the binding by the end pages! This is a $27 book held together with a spot of glue and a prayer.)

HarperCollins

Hockessin (DE) Public Library 10-31-05

Dance of Death

Warner Books

Johnstown Public Library Fulton Co. New York 11-3-05

The Man Behind the Microchip

Oxford University Press

Bremen (ME) Library 12-24-05

Straight into darkness

Warner Books

Bremen (ME) Library 12-24-05

Knife of Dreams: 2 copies, broken at pp. 30-31

TOR

Grand Rapids (MI) Public Library 01/19/2006

The Lincoln Lawyer

Little, Brown

Orange City (FL) Library 02/19/06

The Cat Dancers

St. Martin's Press

Naples (ME) Public Library 02/14/06

Rebels of Ireland: the Dublin saga (2)

Doubleday

Pomona (CA) Public Library 08/04/06, Katz Library at the University of Maine-Augusta 9/19/2006

Judge & Jury (here we go again; another James Patterson fall-apart book from Little Brown)

Little Brown

Gale Library-Newton, NH 08/14/06

Agincourt: Henry V and the Battle that Made England-at least 3 copies

Little, Brown

Niles (IL) Public Library District 09/18/2006

The Naked Mole-rat Letters

Holiday House

Hartland (ME) Public Library

Oliva Saves the Circus (2 copies)

Athenum

Pine Point School Library, Stonington, CT 10/20/06

The Eternal Flame

Philomel Books

Mission Viejo Library, CA 02/22/07

Glass Houses

St Martins Minotaur

West Asheville Library, Asheville NC 6/29/07

Top Ten of Everything 2008

Produced for Hamlyn by Palazzo Editions

Perry Junior High Library, New Connors, NY
*World Almanac replaced the first copy which fell apart on first use.However the second looks just as bad. 02/01/08

Knife of dreams by Robert Jordan-2 copies

TOR

Bowling Green (KY) Public Library

Song Yet Sung

NOTE: This was bound with pages 185-248 completely missing, and 2 sets of pages 249-312 (which I'm not even sure is two complete signatures.)

Riverhead (imprint of Penguin)

West Asheville (NC) Library-04/23/08