Several times I have found my way to an amazon.com page where the book was listed as out of print. It's like getting to the temple at the end of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and it turning out that the grail had been destroyed 800 years earlier.
"Typically there is no official announcement made when a book goes out of print or goes 'out of stock indefinitely.' As a bookseller I typically learn this has happened when I repeatedly attempt to reorder a title and it repeatedly fails to reappear. I get no memo, no warning, no 'thank you for supporting this book for as long as you have, but I'm afraid you can no longer sell it to your customers.' The book slips silently from the shelves.
"Wouldn't it be nice to see some formal sort of recognition go to books at the time of their passing? I personally would love it if someone in the world would create a repository for obituaries of out of print books, or 'bibliobituaries,' as I'm calling them. In order to make that happen, I'd suggest we start writing them." -- Alison Morris, ShelfTalker: A Children's Bookseller's Blog, PublishersWeekly.com