Sunday April 5, 2020

Orewell's 1984 sales soar after PRISM revelations

Orwell’s novel portrays a dystopian society where individuals are monitored through ubiquitous television screens and overseen by a leader called Big Brother.

12th June, 2013
John Hurt in the film version of 1984

Sales of George Orwell’s novel “1984,” featuring a futuristic totalitarian state, jumped on Amazon following revelations about PRISM, a classified programme that lets the US government collect personal data.

One edition of the 1949 book moved to the No. 3 spot on Amazon’s Movers & Shakers list, which tracks dramatic increases in sales volume over a 24-hour period.

That made it the 100th-best-selling book on the site late yesterday, an increase from...

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