National Sales of Orwell's 'Big Brother' Book Are Booming
By Ryan Thompson
NIAGARA FALLS – National sales of George Orwell’s classic novel, “1984,” skyrocketed this month after details of the pervasive spying and surveillance programs instituted by the National Security Agency (NSA) were revealed. The fictional book went from a sales rank of 6,750 to 194 on Amazon on June 10 .What’s more, on Friday, “1984” sales were still up 22 percent and had climbed to 90 on the best-sellers list, spending a total of nine days in the top-100, according to Amazon’s website. The book was doing even better at Barnes & Noble on Friday, ranking 52 in sales.
Yet, some local Western New York book stores report that they are seeing no spike in “1984” sales.
When Penguin book publishers contacted the owner of a Niagara Falls book store last week to ask if he needed to order additional copies of the “prophetic, nightmarish” novel, the owner said that it wasn’t necessary.
“It’s always sold well,” said Jeffrey Scott Morrow, the owner and president of the historic Book Corner on Main Street, “so I can’t say that I see an increase in sales here. Every week we have a sale.”
Explaining the continuing sales of “1984,” Marrow said, “Any intelligent person who reads that book can see that is where (the USA is) going.”
People in Buffalo are already onto this,” explained Kristi at Rust Belt Books in Allentown, Buffalo. “We’ve seen a regular stream of [“1984” sales] regardless of what we’ve experienced recently.
“It always sells,” she said.
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JUN 25, 2013