MINOT, N.D. — Purchase an ebook by George Orwell and you may not be getting the original work. Per a recent New York Times report, you may be getting some other version created by publishers exploiting loopholes in copyright law.
It’s an ironic thing to happen to happen to Orwell, of all people.
Downright Orwellian, you might say.
It’s also a chilling reality of the digital era. If you purchase a print book the text in it can never be changed. Digital books are another matter.
The potential for malicious revisionism is alarming, yet history has always been vulnerable in that way.
We can watch it in real time today.