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'To Kill a Mockingbird' by Harper Lee joins the digital age

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
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Harper Lee has finally signed on to get technologically current with her iconic novel “To Kill a Mockingbird.” For the first time ever, the novel will become available as an electronic book, commonly referred to as an e-book. Additionally, “To Kill a Mockingbird” will be released as a digital audio-book as well. The scheduled release of the current media for Harper Lee’s classic story is July 8, according to Yahoo! News on Monday.

The formal announcement of writer’s and novel’s move into current technological times came from HarperCollins Publishing firm. Harper Lee made a rare statement publicly regarding the release of the text by saying that there is a new generation of fans. Those fans, of course, will now have the option of getting the downloadable editions of the story – which, incidentally, won a Pulitzer Prize.

This announcement coming directly from the publishing firm was accompanied by a statement from the 88-year-old author, Harper Lee. She said that she is still old-fashioned, and she asserted that she loves dusty old books and libraries. She also said that she in her brief comments about the book that she is both amazed and humbled by the book’s having survived as long as it has. The release of the e-book coincides with the first release of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” She concluded her discussion of the book’s new avenue to readers by saying that “To Kill a Mockingbird” has a new generation.

Last year, Lee sued Samuel Pinkus, her former literary agent. She sued so that she could regain rights to her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. For some time now, Lee has said that she had been tricked into signing the rights of the book away. That lawsuit was ultimately settled last September when Gloria Phares – Lee’s attorney – stated as such. In the settlement, things have been worked out to the author’s satisfaction, according to the Toledo Blade. The novel is about a courageous Alabama attorney who defends a black man against claims that he raped a white woman.

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