This Book Is Flying Off the Shelves Following Kellyanne Conway’s ‘Alternative Facts’ Argument
Orwell’s 1949 novel that illustrates his nightmarish vision of a totalitarian, bureaucratic dystopian universe saw a spike in sales during the first week of Donald Trump’s presidency, specifically after Kellyanne Conway described White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s exaggerated inauguration attendance numbers as “alternative facts” on Sunday’s Meet the Press. The term “alternative facts” calls to mind Orwell’s “Ministry of Truth” in the novel, which is referred to as “the place where there is no darkness” and concerns itself with lies.
1984 sat at No. 6 spot on Amazon’s Best Sellers list on Tuesday and hovered between the No. 5 and No. 7 spots on Monday. Today, Wednesday, Jan. 25, it’s at No. 1 as of 1:30 p.m EST. The list is updated hourly and will continue to fluctuate.
A spokesperson for Penguin, the book’s publishing house, said that they put through a 75,000 copy reprint this week — an unusually large reprint, even taking into account the usual demand that comes with the start of the spring semester.
“That is a substantial reprint and larger than our typical reprint for 1984,” said the Penguin representative.
CNN notes that 1984 also saw an extraordinary sales boost was in 2013 after Edward Snowden revealed the extent of the National Security Agency’s surveillance program.
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