The Corner

NSA Revelations Make Orwell’s 1984 a Bestseller

The Los Angeles Times reports that sales of George Orwell’s 1984 are booming, moving the dystopic novel to Amazon’s bestseller list.

Thanks to the ongoing National Security Administration surveillance scandal, George Orwell’s “1984″ is enjoying a surge in popularity, landing at No. 4 on Amazon’s list of “Movers and Shakers.” Sales of Orwell’s classic have risen an astonishing 5,771% as of Tuesday morning, with a current sales rank of 213, up from 12,507 just a few days ago. A different edition of the novel has even made it onto Amazon’s top 100 bestsellers list.

It’s a nice birthday present for the 1949 novel, which marked its 64th anniversary on June 8 amid revelations that made Orwell’s “Big Brother” seem more relevant than ever. 

Something similar happened in 2008, as increased government spending on stimulus and bank bailouts boosted sales of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged.

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