Orwell's 1984 Flying Off Shelves

Orwell's 1984 Flying Off Shelves

People are resonating with the book about Big Brother
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A book published in 1949 is suddenly popular again in 2013. 

After the IRS scandal came news of the NSA collecting millions of phone records, and on Wednesday the FBI Director admitted the Bureau is using drones in the U.S.

"We have very few, and have limited use," said Robert Mueller, FBI Director.

The idea of Big Brother became popular from Orwell's book, 1984.

"1984 was really one of the first books to say it's a long shot, but this could happen," said Brooke Raby, the Joseph Beth Booksellers Marketing Director.

Many people are reading and re-reading the book.

Joseph Beth Booksellers projects it will sell twice as many copies of 1984 in June than the store did in May.

At Black Swan Books, it's the same story.

"We're currently out of it.  I've got Orwell essays and a couple other Orwell books, but as far as 1984, I simply don't have one right at the moment," said Mike Courtney, Black Swan Books Owner.

Aside from piqued interest in Big Brother, there is another reason 1984 is suddenly selling.

"This book's been around for so long I would say it's been summer reading for every child that's ever gone through public school since probably the 1970's," said Raby.

She says it wouldn't stay on summer reading lists if the book wasn't still relevant.  She says everybody can relate to the fear of losing privacy.
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