Mark your literary calendars. Per an announcement today by HarperCollins, on what is author Harper Lee‘s 88th birthday, To Kill a Mockingbird will be available for the first time as an eBook July 8.
From today’s announcement:
“I’m still old-fashioned,” said Lee. “I love dusty old books and libraries. I am amazed and humbled that Mockingbird has survived this long. This is Mockingbird for a new generation.”
Added HarperCollins U.S. General Books Group and Canada president Michael Morrison: “Every home has a dog-eared copy of To Kill a Mockingbird, and now readers will be able to add this favorite book to their digital libraries. Although today is Nelle Harper Lee’s birthday, she is giving readers around the world the gift of being able to read or listen to this extraordinary story in all formats.”
As AP writer Hillel Italie notes, the imminent arrival of Mockingbird leaves J.D. Salinger‘s The Catcher in the Rye and Gabriel García Márquez‘s One Hundred Years of Solitude as two of the major, remaining literary e-holdouts.[Jacket cover courtesy: HarperCollins]