J.D. Salinger's books are finally going digital

Brunilde Fioravanti
Agosto 14, 2019

In addition to the e-books, there have been new covers and a boxed edition.

"We're thrilled to announce that J. D. Salinger's books will soon be available to read digitally", Little, Brown and Company said in a tweet Sunday. "The Catcher in the Rye" author is going digital The late J.D. Salinger is giving in to the digital revolution.

The Times reports that Little, Brown and Company will publish the novel, as well as three other novels, Franny and Zooey, Nine Stories, and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour-An Introduction as ebooks this week.

Salinger has spent years trying to respect the privacy of his father, who passed away nearly ten years ago and was known for his reclusive habits.

"I hear his voice really clearly in my head, and there's no doubt in my mind about 96 percent of the decisions I have to make, because I know what he would have wanted", Matt Salinger told the Times. But now, in an effort to keep his father's books in front of a new generation of readers, the younger Salinger is beginning to ease up, gradually lifting a cloud of secrecy that has obscured the life and work of one of America's most influential and enigmatic writers. "Things like e-books and audiobooks are tough, because he clearly didn't want them".

His son, Matt Salinger, said the digital holdout ended because many readers use e-books exclusively and some people with disabilities can only use them. However, Matt added of his father, "He wouldn't want people to not be able to read his stuff".

This fall, fans can visit the New York Public Library to see the first public exhibition of Salinger's personal archives, including letters, family photographs, and the typescript for "The Catcher In the Rye"-complete with the author's handwritten edits".

The report also highlights another reason for why it's taken almost a decade for Salinger to go through his father's works: he hasn't been able to use any handwriting recognition software to convert his father's handwritten work into digital files, forcing him to type up every word himself.

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