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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.


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

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

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


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