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From Ireland to India Barack Obama’s books to be published worldwide

U.S. President Barack Obama listens as he participates in his last news conference of the year at the White House in Washington, U.S., December 16, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

The publishing of Barack and Michelle Obama’s upcoming books will be a global event.

Penguin Random House announced on Monday that it has lined up publishers from Ireland to South Africa for the two books, to be released by the Crown imprint in the US and Canada.

Titles and release dates have not been announced.

The advance from Penguin Random House for the former president and first lady, whose popularity extends well beyond the US, is widely believed to be tens of millions of dollars.

Penguin Random House acquired the books jointly in February.

The publisher has Spanish-language editions planned for Spain, Mexico and several countries in South America. English editions will come out in the United Kingdom (UK), Australia, India and elsewhere. Deals for other countries are still pending.
PTI