Sales of Dr. Seuss books have soared following the Dr. Seuss Enterprises decision to suspend six of the author’s books over concern’s of ‘racist and insensitive’ imagery.
Several of Dr. Seuss’s books, including well known works such as “The Cat in The Hat” and “Green Eggs and Ham,” have sold out on Amazon following renewed interest in the author, Fox News reported. Those books can also be found on the Barnes and Noble’s website, but at a higher price than sold in retail.
Sales of the books jumped significantly within hours of the announcement from the Dr. Seuss Enterprises regarding the six now-ceased books, Fox News reported. Half of the slots on the Amazon bestseller list were from the author, with “Mulberry Street” and “If I Ran the Zoo” occupying two of those slots for some time.
On Thursday, the six top sellers in books on the Amazon bestseller list were Dr. Seuss works, which included the Beginner Book collection and other well-known works.
On Wednesday, Dr. Seuss books occupied 42 of the 50 slots on the “Movers and Shaker’s” list on Amazon, Breitbart reported. “McElligot’s Pool,” one of the books that is now out of print, was listed at the number 2 book on the list for a period of time. Sales of the particular book jumped by over 1.5 million percent following the annoucement.
Owners of the books that were listed as “offensive” also sold the books through online marketplaces such as eBay for hundreds of dollars to collectors, Fox News reported. Some listings ranged from anywhere between $900 to $2,000. eBay was “working to prevent” any users from releasing the books on the marketplace, with some users having their listings removed before anyone bought the books.
The late author has recently come under fire after six of the books in the author’s library were shelved and would not be reprinted by the Dr. Seuss enterprises. The company stated that the six books, which included now-highly sought after “McElligot’s Pool” and other books such as “On Beyond Zebra!,” and “Scrambled Eggs Super!” portrayed certain groups that were “hurtful and wrong.” The decision was made last year but was not publicly announced until March 2, the author’s birthday.
Reactions on social media to the decision ranged from disbelief to anger following the decision, with some users comparing the move to the Disney Corporation’s decision to prevent children from viewing “The Muppet Show.” Executives at Disney stated that the show contained “offensive” content that was not suitable for children, and only allowed adult accounts to view the show.
Some users also attempted to “cancel” other political figures such as incumbent Vice President Kamala Harris and former President Barack Obama for their previous support for the author.