Today is the 88th birthday of Harper Lee, the author of the July 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird.
To coincide with her birthday her publisher, HarperCollins, announced six hours ago that she has finally agreed to let the book be published as an e-Book, thereby knocking down another in the dwindling list of classics that have been withheld from digital distribution.
“I’m still old-fashioned. I love dusty old books and libraries,” said Lee in a statement released by HarperCollins (whose still sell a million copies of the book each year!) “I am amazed and humbled that Mockingbird has survived this long. This is Mockingbird for a new generation.”
It is to be noted that this leaves the seminal novel of another reclusive author still out in the digital cold: J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher In the Rye.
Scout and Atticus enter the realm of the digital on July 8.