Not so long ago, digital books were not even thought about.  Curling up with a good book meant dog-eared pages and print you couldn’t size adjust.  With e-books, a whole new meaning of library has been discovered.  Thousands of books on just one device make reading easier and more portable.  But not all books are available in digital format.

Until very recently, To Kill a Mockingbird was not available as a digital audiobook or e-book.  Recluse author, Harper Lee, said, “Can you imagine curling up in bed to read a computer? Weeping for Anna Karenina and being terrified by Hannibal Lecter, entering the heart of darkness with Mistah Kurtz, having Holden Caulfield ring you up,” she stated in O Magazine in 2006. “Some things should happen on soft pages, not cold metal.”

To Kill a Mockingbird, is a much loved novel about morality in the face of a racially divided town in the Southern states.  On the 8th of July,  the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is finally going digital, more than 50 years after it was first published.


Lee states,”I’m still old-fashioned. 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.”  Harper Lee has finally embraced a new way of looking at the world of books.  But it isn’t just Lee’s book that still needs to ‘upgrade’; there are many titles still not available digitally.  For instance, J.D. Salinger’s, The Catcher in the Rye and Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s book, One Hundred Years of Solitude hasn’t made its way to digital format as yet.

But at least To Kill a Mockingbird will finally fly the nest and settle on our laps in all its pixelated glory! Thank you Harper Lee!

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