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George Orwell's '1984' is Amazon's best-selling book in the age of 'alternative facts'


"1984" became Amazon's top best-seller late Tuesday, and the publisher said it was in the midst of a "substantial" reprint.

A spokesman for publisher Penguin said there's normally a spike in sales for George Orwell's classic this time of year, since the spring semester is starting up for many colleges. But this week, 75,000 copies were reprinted, CNN reports.

It's not clear how much of this stems from Kellyanne Conway's mention of "alternative facts."

Amazon's best-seller list as of 7:00 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25. (Amazon.com)
Amazon's best-seller list as of 7:00 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25. (Amazon.com)

But given that "1984" takes place in world run by a totalitarian, wholly dishonest government that disguises lies as truth and "Newspeak," the comparisons seemed inevitable. 

Nielsen BookScan, which tracks book sales in the U.S., says "1984" has sold 47,000 print copies since Election Day. In the same period last year, it sold 36,000 copies. 

The book also saw a sales spike in 2013 after Edward Snowden leaked details of NSA surveillance to the public, CNN reported.

If you haven't read the book yet, now might be the time to join the club.

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