Originally Posted by AndrewH
While I would generally agree, Disney is well-known example to the contrary. Who's to say something was taken off the market due to abandonment, or whether it was taken off the market to generate more sales later if/when it becomes available again?
The purpose of the copyright laws is not merely to maximize the creator's profits. It is also to make books available to the public. So when the book is out of print because Disney is manipulating the market, I don't see what difference that - or any other - reason makes. Out of print is out of print.