For the last few days, the news has been buzzing with controversy over the NSA’s recently-revealed surveillance program. Terms like “Big Brother” and “Orwellian” have been popping up in opinion pieces around the country. If you caught those references to George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel 1984, you’re not alone.
Sales of the book have skyrocketed. “As of [Tuesday] morning, Amazon sales of George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 had jumped 6,021 percent in just 24 hours, to No. 213 on Amazon’s bestseller list,” reported NPR. Those numbers are still rising. A few hours later, USA Today reported that the book “had jumped from No. 7397 on Amazon.com’s best-seller list to No. 125.” Some reports estimate that the increase in sales has now reached as high as %9500. And no, that last zero is not a typo.
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