Salinger Goes Digital

Did you know that until very, very recently you could not read J.D. Salinger electronically?  That’s right, you could not read The Catcher in the Rye via ebook or e-audiobook.

According to Alexandra Alter, writer for the New York Times, Salinger had a great dislike catcher.jpgtowards technology and computers.  Because of this, even as more and more publishers began to adopt the ebook format for many titles, Salinger’s books remained offline and in print only, even though Salinger passed away nearly a decade ago.  Why the hold out?  Salinger’s son became the guardian of his work and legacy, but now his son wants the books to be readily available for a new generation of readers.

What are your thoughts on having one of the last non-digitized authors go digital?

-Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian 

Millburn, NJ, USA

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