Obama front-pagers a hot commodity

How to momentarily revive the flagging newspaper industry? Have a presidential election for the ages!

From the NYT's City Room blog (the same thing is playing out in many other cities):

Updated, 2:50 p.m. | If you were an early bird who likes news the old-fashioned way, you probably got your election results served up properly, with ink on newsprint — but if you slept late Wednesday morning, the news at many newsstands was that there was no News.

No Daily News, that is. And no New York Times or New York Post, either. Newsstands across the city sold out of the daily city papers quickly, leaving latecomers searching for any remaining copies.

“People want it as a souvenir,” said Rose Barmas, who runs a newsstand at Broadway and 116th Street. She said her daily papers were sold out by 9 a.m., including 180 copies of The Times. (Copies were up on eBay, with bidding as high as $100.)

“I kept one copy for my son,” Ms. Barmas whispered.

Across Broadway at 115th Street, M. D. Butto, at his newsstand, said he was tiring of telling people there were no more daily papers available.

In Harlem, at the Eighth Avenue Deli Grocery, on Frederick Douglass Boulevard and 154th Street, the only papers left on the wire rack was a single copy of El Diario. (Headline: “Presidente.”)

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