Harper Lee’s Birthday Present To Readers: ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ Will Be Published As An E-Book

Parents, rejoice: If you can’t get your kid to look up from whichever screen is currently occupying his time, at least now he can get some good reading in: Harper Lee announced today, on her 88th birthday, that her classic To Kill A Mockingbird will finally be published as an e-book.

While Lee herself says she prefers “dusty old books,” the time has come for the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel to join the ranks of electronic literature. It was one of the last remaining holdouts to be only available in a print version, reports the New York Times, and will be published on July 8 as an e-book under HarperCollins Publishers

“I’m still old-fashioned. I love dusty old books and libraries. I am amazed and humbled that Mockingbird has survived this long,” Lee said in a rare public statement. “This is Mockingbird for a new generation.”

The book has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide since it first hit shelves in 1960, and has remained a big seller every year due to its cozy spot as required reading in classrooms across the country. It’s just too bad there’s no way to infuse e-readers with that dusty old book smell, huh?

The e-book release will coincide with the 54th anniversary of the original’s publication. Happy 88th birthday, Ms. Lee! The parents of tech-addicted children everywhere are thanking you. Now it’s your turn, Catcher in the Rye.

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Finally Becoming an E-Book [New York Times]

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