Hachette will no longer sell the cheap edition of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, according to an email sent by the publisher.
The publisher informed booksellers this week that Lee’s estate is no longer letting the publisher sell mass-market editions of the paperback of To Kill a Mockingbird. Hachette’s mass market paperback retails for $8.99 and is even offered for $5.89 from Amazon. Here is an excerpt from the email published in The Guardian:
“The disappearance of the iconic mass-market edition is very disappointing to us, especially as we understand this could force a difficult situation for schools and teachers with tight budgets who cannot afford the larger, higher priced paperback edition that will remain in the market,” said the email from Hachette, which also claimed that “more than two-thirds of the 30m copies sold worldwide since publication have been Hachette’s low-priced edition”.