NSA Mess Boosts Sales of One Book 6,021% That book, of course, is Orwell's '1984' By Kevin Spak, Newser Staff Posted Jun 11, 2013 2:45 PM CDT 46 comments Comments A rare 1st edition of '1984' is seen in this file photo. (?) (Newser) – All the furor about real-life Big Brother-esque surveillance has a lot of people reaching for the fictional version. As of this morning, Amazon sales of George Orwell's 1984 had jumped 6,021% in 24 hours, NPR reports. The dystopian classic is now No. 164 on the online bookseller's charts. Current events have a way of rippling on sales charts like that. During the 2008 financial crisis, Atlas Shrugged was tearing up the charts. And call us crazy (or maybe thought criminals?), but it reminds us a bit of this musical sales spike.