Hachette Book Group announced that the Harper Lee estate will not issue the company a new license for the mass market paperback rights to To Kill a Mockingbird. The New York Times reports that henceforth, no publisher will be permitted to release Lee’s legendary novel in this format within the United States.
Here’s more from The New Republic: “While Hachette only published the mass-market paperback of To Kill a Mockingbird, HarperCollins publishes the trade paperback, hardcover, and special editions of To Kill a Mockingbird, and also published Go Set a Watchman last year. Asked for comment, a spokesperson for HarperCollins, which publishes the trade paperback edition of To Kill a Mockingbird said that the company ‘will continue to publish the editions that we have.'”
According to The Guardian, the Lee estate is acting out in accordance with the late author’s wishes. Lee passed away in February 2016. Many people, including President Barack Obama, have spoken out to praise the lasting impact of her work.