Obamamania in the book world; sales are up even in McCains Arizona

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NEW YORK Barack Obama is the hottest name in publishing.

On the weekend after he became the countrys first black president-elect, Obamas The Audacity of Hope and Dreams from My Father, both already million sellers, ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com.

Both hardcover and paperback editions of Audacity of Hope were out of stock Sunday on Amazon.

Sales are up even in Arizona, home state of Obamas former presidential opponent, Republican Senator John McCain.

People are generally much happier this week than they were last week, Gayle Shanks, co-owner of the Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, said Sunday.

Demand also has surged for Change We Can Believe In, a collection of Obamas speeches and policy proposals that had been selling modestly; for Barack Obama in His Own Words and for such works about him as Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope, a childrens book by Nikki Grimes, and Robert Kuttners Obamas Challenge, a call for a sweeping, progressive economic agenda.

Organizations: Amazon.com

Geographic location: McCains Arizona, NEW YORK

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