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The national debate over surveillance programs being run by the nation's security and intelligence apparatus that could be compiling massive amounts of information about citizens' phone calls, emails, and various other communications, also seems to have had a positive impact on the sales of a book that was published in 1949.

Bloomberg Businessweek reports that "sales of George Orwell’s novel '1984,' featuring a futuristic totalitarian state, jumped on's website following reports of a classified program that lets the U.S. government collect personal data. One edition of the book ... moved to the No. 5 spot on Amazon’s Movers & Shakers list, which tracks dramatic increases in sales volume over a 24-hour period. That makes it the 125th-best-selling book on the site, an increase from its previous rank of 7,397."

"Animal Farm," another Orwell book, also has seen a dramatic increase in sales.

Go figure.
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