George Orwell’s 1984 Is Now the #1 Bestselling Book on Amazon

George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel, 1984, has suddenly surged to the very top of the Amazon’s bestseller list. Though first published in 1949, it’s back with a vengeance. And George only has the new administration to thank.

We’ll have more on Orwell’s 1984 tomorrow. In the meantime, enjoy some great 1984 picks from our archive below:

Hear the Very First Adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984 in a Radio Play Starring David Niven (1949)

George Orwell Explains in a Revealing 1944 Letter Why He’d Write 1984

A Complete Reading of George Orwell’s 1984: Aired on Pacifica Radio, 1975

Huxley to Orwell: My Hellish Vision of the Future is Better Than Yours (1949)

George Orwell’s Harrowing Race to Finish 1984 Before His Death

Note: You can download Orwell’s 1984 as a free audiobook (or two other books of your choice) if you sign up for’s free trial program.  Learn more about Audible’s free trial program here.

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  • Bill W. says:

    …and the Big Government-loving ‘Progressives’ reading it are completely oblivious as to whom Orwell was criticizing in the novella!

  • Cosmo Curtis says:

    Don’t let Orwell become a prophet.

  • Joe Blough says:

    This is incorrect. Amazon shows 1984 at #4,800. You are off by a factor of four thousand and eight hundred. Must be acceptable margin of error for liberals.

  • Synesso says:

    Thank you for that alternative fact Bill.

  • C Peterson says:

    If you don’t want to mess around with an Audible trial, Overdrive has the ebook and downloadable audiobook free through participating libraries.

  • Jan says:

    #4800? LOL, you’re talking about number of reviews (currently 4805). Oh, boy.

    Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
    #1 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Dystopian
    #1 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Classics
    #1 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Political

  • Joe says:

    4800 is the number of people who rated… Or how to do what you want with numbers :p

  • David says:

    You’re both right, and wrong, after a fashion. The best sellers list linked above is what’s currently selling the fastest. The #4800 status is referring to all-time sales. So it’s #1 in the current period, #4800 over all. A simple matter of context, something both the left and the right could do a better job of observing.

  • TheWild Webster says:

    lol – why? Because people think Trump is big brother? They should be buying Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Trump (not unlike Obama and Bush) is yet another Zaphod

  • Jonathan Collins says:

    Wow! #1 in Dystopian Sci-fi novels seriously? What about the number 1 book on non fiction, female authored, novellas on white hedgehogs! Please stop trying to force your narrative. Jeez.

  • Bill W. says:

    Thank you for the Double Speak. Haven’t read it yet, have you? The Ministry of Truth thanks you for your support.

  • Randy says:

    I can just imagine people of the ctrl-left reading this, and totally missing that it’s about THEM.

    Just today, in fact, a once-respected man in my city is being “investigated” for crimethink.

  • bug says:

    This is incorrect. Amazon was showing 1984 at 4800 REVIEWS. It’s up to 4806 reviews now. The number next to the stars has nothing to do with its sales rankings. Looking at the wrong thing must be an acceptable way to get facts for conservatives.

  • Crask says:

    Actually, it’s the Democrats he has to thank. Liberals believe whatever Democrats instruct them too primarily via their comedians, but also through their loyalists in news.

    Oh, that’s another thing, Synesso, in order to Orwell’s story to become reality, 95% of news would have to be mindlessly praising Trump and his allies like they did with Obama and Hillary.

  • Hope Carr says:

    You are right Joe, it is not 4,800,
    It is 47,000 Forty Seven Thousand and more since the November election. It is good to see that a conservative can actually think outside the box, you may be getting more progressive, congratulations and keep it up.

  • Hope Carr says:

    You are right Joe, it is not 4,800,
    It is 47,000 books sold. Forty Seven Thousand BOOKS SOLD and more since the November election. It is good to see that a conservative can actually think outside the box, you may be getting more progressive, congratulations and keep it up.

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