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 Swarup.
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.