Books by Barack Obama are fast disappearing from the
shelves. In fact, the two most popular titles by the 44th US president Audacity
of Hope and Dreams From My Father are out of stock in most bookstores.
Distributors have placed huge orders for these two books, expecting a rush for
them during the Kolkata Book Fair.
It said that the demand grew immediately after Obama defeated Hillary Clinton
for the Democratic Party nomination. It surged after he won the elections and
now, when he has taken oath of office, these two titles are out of stock with
all Crossword books stores across the city. But the book traders hope that they
would get fresh stock soon.
In fact, the sale of these two books picked up such speed that they were among
the top five bestsellers along with the likes of The White Tiger by Aravind
Adiga, Imagining India by Nandan Nilekani and Slum Dog Millionaire by Vikas
Obama titles are expected to sell like hot cakes during the 12-day-book fair,
which kicks off on January 28. Kolkata is among the top three cities, along
with Mumbai and Delhi, where the demand for books by Obama is the highest.
The shipments for these two titles will reach the city
before the book fair. People have started asking about the other books written
by him," said Rajesh Khanna, IBDBL eastern region general manager.