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‘Fire and Fury’ book generating lots of hold requests at Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne

The new book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” has generated a lot of interest nationally and at the Allen County Public Library, where more than 200 people had placed on holds on the book as of mid-afternoon Monday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The new book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” has generated a flurry of hold requests at the Allen County Public Library. But patrons may need more patience than the president while waiting for their chance to read the book.

As of about 2:20 p.m. Monday, 204 people had placed holds on the book, though the holds total will fluctuate as people on the list find the book elsewhere and new people place holds on it, said Stephanny Smith, library community engagement manager.

The library system originally ordered two copies of the book by Michael Wolff, Smith said. Sudden demand sparked by revelations last week about the book’s contents drove up the number of holds placed on the book to greater than a 5 hold requests per one copy of the book, which automatically triggered plans to buy more copies of the book, she said.

However, the library ran into two problems that will slow its ability to meet the needs of library patrons who want to read the book, Smith said.

First, the library was at the end of a budget year, so today was the first day the staff in the adult collections development department could order more copies of the book, Smith said.

When the collections department placed an order for 48 more copies of “Fire and Fury,” the staff member learned the publisher, Henry Holt and Co., couldn’t give an estimate for when the books may arrive here.

“The problem is the publisher is overwhelmed,” Smith said. There are no more books in the warehouse and additional copies are back-ordered.

When the books do arrive, seven of the 48 books will go onto Express checkout shelves at various branches, so people who are lucky enough to find them there can check them out without waiting for a hold request, Smith said. Express books must be returned in seven days and can’t be renewed.

For some perspective, demand for the best-selling nonfiction book “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis,” also caught library adult collections development staff by surprise, Smith said. That demand, however, came at more of a slow, steady pace than the eruption of interest last week in “Fire and Fury,” Smith said.

The library originally also ordered only two copies of “Hillbilly Elegy,” which was published in June 2016, Smith said. But the 5:1 holds ratio formula resulted in the collections development department ordering 25 additional copies.

On the bright side, Smith said the collections department hopes soon to receive ebook copies of “Fire and Fury,” but it doesn’t know the delivery date yet.

People can put holds on the ebook versions of the book, too, she said.

BESTSELLER

AMAZON.COM, amazon.com:

“Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” ranked at the following levels on the Amazon Best-Sellers Lists, as of about 3 p.m. Monday:

No. 1 Paid in Kindle Store

No. 1 in Kindle Store/Kindle eBooks/Nonfiction/Politics & Social Sciences/Politics & Government/Political Science

No. 1 in Books/Politics & Social Sciences/Politics & Government/United States/Executive Branch

No. 1 in Books/History/Americas/United States

BARNES & NOBLE, https://www.barnesandnoble.com:

“Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” ranked No. 1 on the Barnes & Noble Top 100: Book Bestsellers list as of about 3:15 p.m. Monday.

LEARN MORE

To place a hold on “Fire and Fury” at the Allen County Public Library, or to get more information about the book or other topics, go to http://www.acpl.lib.in.us.

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