JD Salinger's books are finally going digital

Lawrence Kim
August 13, 2019

Matt Salinger's initial reluctance to release his father's works as eBooks was in part because J.D. Salinger "had an aversion to the internet". Longtime Salinger publisher Little, Brown and Company says it's the first time that the entirety of Salinger's published work, including "The Catcher and the Rye", will be available as e-books.

FILE - In a Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019 file photo, a previously unseen photo of author J.D. Salinger is displayed at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H.

J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye will for the first time be available as an e-book this week.

"This is the last chip to fall in terms of the classic works", said Terry Adams, vice president, digital and paperback publisher of Little, Brown, speaking to the Times.

J.D. Salinger's son, Matt Salinger, has chose to release the classic novel, along with three more of his father's works, as eBooks, Deadline is reporting.

Then, on a recent trip to China, Matt realized that many young people overseas read exclusively on digital services, and e-books may be his best chance to introduce his father's writing to them. Salinger's works were considered literature's biggest e-book holdout.

It wasn't until recent years that Matt Salinger considered digitizing his reclusive father's legendary work: First, he received a letter from a woman who said she had a disability that made reading printed books hard. Even as publishers and consumers adopted e-books and digital audio, Salinger's books remained defiantly offline, a outcome of the writer's distaste for computers and technology.

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. Things began to change around 2014, when he received a letter from a woman who explained she had a disability that made reading printed books hard.

Matt Salinger also has said unpublished work by his late father will be coming out.

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