One week after it found itself running out of copies for Pete Souza's Obama: An Intimate Portrait, Little, Brown has managed to get new copies into "many chain store locations and at independent bookstores," a company spokesperson said.
The $50 hardcover that features photographs from the former White House photographer has sold almost 186,000 copies since its release November 7; stores began to run out of stock the weekend of December 10. The book sold almost 23,000 copies last week, according to NPD BookScan, a decline of 5% from the previous week, presumably because of the lack of supply.
The LB spokesperson said additional copies are due to arrive in the next four weeks and continue into February. There are currently 500,000 copies in print.
The spokesperson explained the shortage by noting that "reader demand has been unprecedented, spurring the biggest one-day sales for any HBG title at Amazon, ever." (The book is still listed as out of stock on Amazon.) Because of the book's high production values and the limited number of printers who can produce the book, LB had limited options to rush more titles into the market.