Americans formed long lines Wednesday to buy souvenir newspapers after Barack Obama's ground-breaking election as the nation's first black president, dpa reported.
But many went disappointed after the Washington Post, the New York Times, Chicago Tribune and other papers failed to raise their press runs enough to meet the demand.
The Chicago Trubine, Obama's hometown newspaper, sold out of an extra 200,000 papers. The New York Times was printing another 50,000 copies and The Washington Post another 150,000 copies of a special edition that was to be available Wednesday afternoon, the industry magazine Editor and Publisher reported.
USA Today was to print another 500,000 copies.
Marcus Brauchli, executive editor of the Post, was delighted.
"There are lines around the building. We are thrilled people are still interested in the print paper," he was quoted as saying.
A hot market for Wednesday's newspapers was already developing on Ebay, where offers ranged from 99 cents to 49 dollars.
On Tuesday, tens of thousands of Americans stood in lines for up to five and six hours to cast their ballots and hand Obama, 47, a commanding victory over Republican Senator John McCain, 72.