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Scientology is Obsessed with Getting Books in Libraries — Here Are the Real Stats!

RonEncyclopediaHey, gang. We received a very interesting communication recently from a librarian in Illinois, and we can’t wait for you to read what he sent us.

We’ve heard from librarians several times in the past because of Scientology’s incessant efforts to get the books of L. Ron Hubbard into libraries that generally don’t want them. But that hasn’t stopped the church, particularly in the last year as it made a major push for the new “RON” encyclopedia (pictured, right).

We saw mailer after mailer begging church members to donate money so the L. Ron Hubbard Series could be put in every library on earth — it was presented like a countdown. According to those mailers, by now you’d expect thousands of copies of that encyclopedia to be in every lending book institution from Milan to Minsk.

You remember, we were inundated with images like this as the church madly pushed for donations to put the encyclopedias everywhere…


With that in mind, here’s what we received from “J.W.”…

I am a processor at a public library in Illinois. Our director recently got a free Bridge Publications book and we got into an argument about it. I didn’t want to process the book. I told her if we should have their books, we should also have books critical of Scientology. Her reply was that those books aren’t free but this one was. We are a smaller library so our budget doesn’t let us get the widest selection of books possible, especially books about religion. I decided that I would write to ex-Scientology authors and critics to see if they would help.

So far I have received books from Jefferson Hawkins, Amy Scobee, Nancy Many, Marty Rathbun, and Marc Headley. I was curious about how many books published by Bridge Publications were in libraries compared to the number of books critical of Scientology. WorldCat indexes library catalogs worldwide, so you can see how many libraries have a particular book. I made a list of as many Scientology books and books critical of it and began to calculate the numbers. Worldwide, there were 47,008 Scientology books in libraries and only 10,411 books critical of it. Those numbers don’t include all of the VHS tapes, DVDs, and audiobooks. Because WorldCat is not publicly searchable, these numbers aren’t widely known.

Our librarian friend J.W. supplied the following breakdown for us. First up, Scientology’s own volumes, which of course are all either written by, or about, one man — L. Ron Hubbard. Let’s see what the numbers are.


941 Advanced Procedure and Axioms (November, 1951)
2 The Book of E-Meter Drills (1965)
585 Child Dianetics: Dianetic Processing for Children
1702 Clear Body, Clear Mind: The Effective Purification Program
1081 The Creation of Human Ability (July, 1954)
1529 Dianetics 55! (December, 1954)
2474 Dianetics: The Evolution of a Science (April, 1950)
7115 Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health (May, 1950)
1579 Dianetics: The Original Thesis (1948)
23 Group Auditor’s Handbook
988 Handbook for Preclears (December, 1951)
752 Have You Lived Before This Life?
1 How to Live Though an Executive
26 Introducing the E-Meter
1379 Introduction to Scientology Ethics
2 Introductory and Demonstration Processes Handbook
17 Knowingness
4 The Organization Executive Course and Management Series (12 Volumes)
1893 The Problems of Work
49 Purification: An Illustrated Answer to Drugs
1300 Science of Survival (June, 1951)
1237 Scientology 0-8: The Book of Basics
952 Scientology 8-80 (November, 1952)
943 Scientology 8-8008 (December, 1952)
1252 The Scientology Handbook
1057 Scientology: A History of Man (July, 1952)
1424 Scientology: A New Slant on Life
3834 Scientology: The Fundamentals of Thought (September, 1956)
2243 Self Analysis (August, 1951)
30 The Technical Bulletins of Dianetics and Scientology (18 Volumes)
1632 The Way to Happiness
3841 What Is Scientology?

The L. Ron Hubbard Series (RON: The Encyclopedia, 2012)

334 Adventurer Explorer: Daring Deeds & Unknown Realms
329 Dianetics: Letters & Journals
363 Early Years of Adventure: Letters & Journals
184 Freedom Fighter: Articles & Essays
182 Horticulture: For a Greener World
181 Humanitarian: Education, Literacy & Civilization
181 Humanitarian: Rehabilitating a Drugged Society
184 Humanitarian: Restoring Honor & Self-Respect
194 Images of a Lifetime: A Photographic Biography
373 L. Ron Hubbard: A Profile
326 Literary Correspondence: Letters & Journals
181 Master Mariner: At the Helm Across Seven Seas
183 Music Maker: Composer & Performer
206 Philosopher & Founder: Rediscovery of the Human Soul
181 Photographer: Writing with Light
186 Poet/Lyricist: The Aesthetics of Verse
340 Writer: The Shaping of Popular Fiction

Oh, my. After all of the fundraising, less than 400 sets of the RON encyclopedias in libraries around the world? Tsk, tsk. One wonders what all that money paid for.

Now, we turn our attention to the books about Scientology, written by various bitter defrocked apostates and merchants of chaos.


142 Ali’s Smile/Naked Scientology, William Burroughs, 1973
948 Bare-Faced Messiah: The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard, Russell Miller, October 1987
124 Believe What You Like: What Happened Between the Scientologists and the National Association for Mental Health, C.H. Rolph, 1973
1279 Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape, Jenna Miscavige Hill and Lisa Pulitzer, February 2013
56 Blown for Good: Behind the Iron Curtain of Scientology, Marc Headley, 2009
16 The Church of Fear: Inside the Weird World of Scientology, John Sweeney, January 2013
978 The Church of Scientology: A History of a New Religion, Hugh Urban, 2011
27 The Complex: An Insider Exposes the Covert World of the Church of Scientology, John Duignan, 2008
10 Counterfeit Dreams: One Man’s Journey Into and Out of the World of Scientology, Jefferson Hawkins, 2010
135 A Doctor’s Report on Dianetics, Joseph A. Winter, 1951
1559 Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief, Lawrence Wright, January 2013
196 Inside Scientology: How I Joined Scientology and Became Superhuman, Robert Kaufman, 1972
1819 Inside Scientology: The Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion, Janet Reitman, 2011
903 L. Ron Hubbard: Messiah or Madman?, Bent Corydon, 1987
1 Memoirs of a Scientology Warrior, Marty Rathbun, 2013
28 My Billion Year Contract, Memoir of a Former Scientologist, Nancy Many, 2009
504 A Piece of Blue Sky: Scientology, Dianetics and L. Ron Hubbard Exposed, Jon Atack, 1990, 2013
278 A Queer and Pleasant Danger: The true story of a nice Jewish boy who joins the Church of Scientology, and leaves twelve years later to become the lovely lady she is today, Kate Bornstein, 2013
918 The Road to Total Freedom: A Sociological Analysis of Scientology, Roy Wallis, 1976
2 The Road to Xenu: Life Inside Scientology, Margery Wakefield, 2010
1 The Scandal of Scientology: A Chilling Examination of the Nature, Beliefs, and Practices of the “Now Religion”, Paulette Cooper, 1971
43 Scientology: Abuse at the Top, Amy Scobee, 2009
3 Scientology Exposed: The Truth About the World’s Most Controversial Religion, L.A. Klein, 2012
4 The Scientology Reformation: What Every Scientologist Should Know, Marty Rathbun, 2012
442 Scientology: The Now Religion, George Malko, 1970
3 Understanding Scientology: The Demon Cult, Margery Wakefield, 2010
12 What is Wrong with Scientology? Healing Through Understanding, Marty Rathbun, 2012

Some of these books were sued out of existence by the Church of Scientology. But thanks to the Internet, we can read Malko or Cooper or Kaufman even though their works were made unavailable through litigation. Major publishers behind Reitman, Wright, and Jenna Hill have resulted in large numbers for those books.

Dianetics and some of the other key Hubbard books are still widely available, but those Ron Encyclopedia numbers are really shocking. How many people who were hit up for donations to put those volumes in every library on earth will see these numbers? And how many will care?


Posted by Tony Ortega on August 15, 2013 at 07:00

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