Big Brother is watching. And people are reading.
Thanks to the ongoing National Security Administration surveillance scandal, George Orwell's "1984" is enjoying a surge in popularity, landing at No. 4 on Amazon's list of "Movers and Shakers." Sales of Orwell's classic have risen an astonishing 5,771% as of Tuesday morning, with a current sales rank of 213, up from 12,507 just a few days ago. A different edition of the novel has even made it onto Amazon's top 100 bestsellers list.
It's a nice birthday present for the 1949 novel, which marked its 64th anniversary on June 8 amid revelations that made Orwell's "Big Brother" seem more relevant than ever.
On Friday, President
It's not the first time that the news out of Washington has helped to sell novels: In 2008, the bank bailouts and passage of the fiscal stimulus package gave rise to a bump in sales for