The book marked its 60th anniversary on June 6 amid a flurry of real-world news stories on secret government surveillance.
Amazon lists the paperback version of the sci-fi classic as the 19th biggest book on its Movers and Shakers list. The current sales rank is 110.
The list identifies the biggest gainers in sales rank compared to 24 hours ago.
Update: As of 3:22 p.m. EDT, sales of Orwell’s “1984” are up 91 percent on the Amazon Movers and Shakers list.
I guess that George Orwell’s dark vision of a totalitarian government that watches its citizen’s every move doesn’t seem like fiction anymore. Incidentally, Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged has also been making record sales for the past several years, for the same reason.
Interesting times we’re living in.
- Orwell’s ‘1984′ sales boom in wake of NSA scandal (rare.us)
- Sales of Orwell’s “1984″ spike in wake of NSA security leaks (redalertpolitics.com)
- Is Orwell’s 1984 Here and Now? (syneidesys.wordpress.com)
- NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden: I do not want to live in a society that does these sort of things ! (annlrd.wordpress.com)