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‘1984’ sells out on Amazon

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Sales of George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984” have been surging since President Trump’s inauguration — so much so that the book officially sold out on Amazon Thursday.

The iconic novel, published nearly 70 years ago, was listed as the No. 1 best-seller on Amazon Wednesday. Publishers also announced they were printing more copies of the book to keep up with its sales.

Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway on Sunday defended the White House’s false claims about Trump’s inauguration crowd size as “alternative facts.” Social media users quickly started comparing “alternative facts” to the use of “doublethink,” a concept used by the authoritarian government in “1984” to skew and control the truth.

{mosads}Conway’s use of “alternative facts” referred to White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s statement Friday that Trump’s inauguration had “the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period,” despite photos and video showing former President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration with larger crowds at the National Mall.

The connection between Conway’s comments and the novel was first made public on CNN reporter Brian Stelter’s show “Reliable Sources.”

While Amazon’s own stock of the book was marked temporarily sold out Thursday, there were still a few individual private sellers offering the book on the website.

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