facebook
twitter
search
search

NSA PRISM: George Orwell's '1984' is flying off the shelves

By Kristen Butler, UPI.com   |   Updated June 13, 2013 at 7:52 AM

In the wake of recent revelations regarding the secret National Security Agency surveillance program known as PRISM, George Orwell's classic dystopian novel "1984" has seen a surge in sales on Amazon.com.

Published in 1949, the novel explored a future with omnipresent government surveillance and propaganda from a tyrannical party leader known only as Big Brother.

In the days following Edward Snowden's leak of top-secret documents detailing the clandestine collection of electronic communications data by U.S. intelligence, three different editions of "1984" climbed hundreds of spots on the Amazon Movers & Shakers chart.

The Centennial Edition in particular rose from being ranked 12,859 to 184 -- a sales increase of nearly 7,000 percent.

It should be noted that the novel is classic literary fiction and appears on summer reading lists at high schools across the country. Still, the novel's skyrocketing sales mirror the sudden interest in Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" following the 2008 financial crisis.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
TrumpDonald.org lets visitors blow trumpet at Donald Trump
Group recreates 'Mario Kart' video game at UK mall
Vermont tattoo shop offers free Bernie Sanders tattoos
Star-studded Super Bowl 2016 commercials
Farmer knits Denver Broncos sweaters for 150 baby goats