According to NPR: Barack Obama’s presidential win has already jump-started one small sector of the economy: his books. Over the weekend, The Audacity of Hope and Dreams from My Father were the hottest sellers at and Amazon actually ran out of hardcover and paperback editions of Audacity of Hope. While you wait, the online retailer lists more than two dozen other books about the president-elect. (source)

If you haven’t read or purchased Barack Obama’s books by now, you are truly behind. Where have these folks been all this time? What do you mean you’re just buying the books? What do you mean you haven’t read them yet? Get on the ball. In the meantime, have you seen the ridiculously priced Obama merchandise on eBay? Crazy. Yeah, I bought myself a couple of items on the low (and for the low). One website writes:

Since his triumph at the polls, has sold 20 books autographed by the President-elect priced at $500 or higher with one buyer shelling out $5,500 for a signed copy of Dreams From My Father.

Before the election, the most expensive Obama book sold by was a signed copy of Dreams From My Father for $1,798. Twelve of the 20 signed copies sold since Obama’s victory have been priced more than $1,000.

The most collectible Obama books are the signed 1995 first editions of Dreams From My Father. Originally published when he was still working as a run-of-the-mill lawyer and lecturer, the book went out-of-print in a hurry and had a small print run. Asking prices for these scarce editions stretch well past $10,000. (source)

Obama mania continues. Happy reading, ya’ll.