In 2009, Amazon “unpublished” some digital books, including George Orwell’s “1984”. Now, in 2014, they’re at it again. In a letter to authors about an e-book fight involving Amazon and publisher Hachette, Amazon quoted George Orwell, citing him as an opponent of low cost paperback books.
The famous author George Orwell came out publicly and said about the new paperback format, if “publishers had any sense, they would combine against them and suppress them.” Yes, George Orwell was suggesting collusion.
It was never in George Orwell’s interest to suppress paperback books – he was wrong about that.
The only problem? Orwell didn’t oppose paperbacks, and Amazon is grossly misrepresenting his feelings.