Thanks to Obama, Newspapers Are Hot Again

The Tulsa World

The Tulsa World

(UPDATE: The long line outside the NYT as folks wait for the paper.)

The day after Barack Obama’s historic presidential election win, copies of newspaper front pages proclaiming him the winner have become a hot commodity. After a painful decline, suddenly, print is sexy again!

Arkansas Times blogger Max Brantley is giving away his New York Times front page, noting that it’s selling on eBay for hundreds of dollars.

Mediabistro also notes:

The election of Barack Obama produced a clamor for newspapers that publishers said they had never seen. From The Cincinnati Enquirer to The Charlotte Observer to The Dallas Morning News, papers accustomed to years of declining sales pumped out extra copies by the thousands, and could not keep pace with demand. (New York Times)

Online sales of Obama’s books surge after win. (AP via USAT)

More than 200 ads were on Ebay by yesterday afternoon for Obama presidential newspaper editions, with at least one seeking $100 for a New York Times copy. Most others ranged from $6 to $25. (E&P)

Video news blogger Robb Montgomery rounds up more newspaper front pages here. And the Poynter Institute’s gallery is here.

Other newspaper/online notes:

NYTimes.com set another record on Election Day, with 55.1 million page views, shattering the previous record by 29 percent – New York Observer

US News & World Report goes monthly, will focus on Web – AFP

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