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Dr. Seuss books are taking over Amazon's bestseller list

March 4, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A copy of Dr. Seuss??? ???If I Ran The Zoo??? seen on a spinner rack inside Strand Book Store, one of six books which will no longer be published due to hurtful representation of certain people and cultures, in New York, NY, March 2, 2021. Six titles, "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, If I Ran the Zoo, McElligot's Pool, On Beyond Zebra!, Scrambled Eggs Super!??? and ???The Cat's Quizzer" will not be published or available for sale, in an announcement made by the publisher made on the birthday of Dr. Seuss who was born in 1904, and author of famed children???s books such as ???The Cat in the Hat??? and ???How the Grinch Stole Christmas???. (Photo by Anthony Behar/Sipa USA)

Dr. Seuss books have soared to the top of Amazon's bestseller list, occupying nine out of the marketplace's top 10 books.

(CNN)Oh, the places Dr. Seuss books will go after they ignite controversy.

This week, Dr. Seuss Enterprises announced that six books penned by the children's author will no longer be published because of the "hurtful and wrong" ways characters of color are portrayed.

Now, Dr. Seuss books have soared to the top of Amazon's bestseller list, occupying nine out of the marketplace's top 10 books.

None of the discontinued books feature on Amazon's list.

The six books -- "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street," "If I Ran the Zoo," "McElligot's Pool," "On Beyond Zebra!," "Scrambled Eggs Super!," and "The Cat's Quizzer" -- quickly sold out from booksellers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

While Dr. Seuss Enterprises has not announced the discontinuation of any other books, fans and collectors seem to be stocking up just in case.

Dr. Seuss books currently make up about half of Amazon's top 50 best selling books.

On eBay, the books are selling for $4,000.

One listing on eBay -- five of the six discontinued books for $2,500 -- is averaging 63 views per hour.

The discontinued books became rare collectibles almost instantly, simultaneously igniting controversy over the enterprise's decision to cease publishing.

The books portray harmful stereotypes

The discontinued books are not quite anomalies in Dr. Seuss' career.

Dr. Seuss Enterprises wrote in a statement that it worked with a panel of experts, including educators, to review the author's titles and decide on discontinuation.

"Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises's catalog represents and supports all communities and families," the business wrote.

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