North Korea's Tablet Reportedly Includes Novels Like 'Les Miserables,' 'Gone With The Wind'

Nov 05, 2013

What's inside North Korea's answer to the iPad may surprise you.

Although the country's tablet is not connected to the Internet and contains a hefty library of pro-regime propaganda, it also has a selection of more than two dozen Western novels, according to North Korea news and analysis site

Among the books reportedly available on North Korea's Samjiyon tablet, says, which bought one of the devices in Pyongyang earlier this fall, are Les Miserables, Gone With the Wind, Vanity Fair, Ivanhoe and Dombey and Son.

Though North Korea often demonizes the West, the U.S. in particular, it may be allowing its citizens to read these apparently uncensored Western fiction novels because of their critical views of the societies they portray.

Still, in a country where most workers reportedly earn just $2-$3 a month and where some people are so hungry they have had to eat grass and leaves to survive, it's unlikely that many will be able to afford the $200 required to enjoy the device and the content it offers.

(Hat tip, Washington Post)