J.D. Salinger's Books Are Finally Going Digital

J.D. Salinger's Books Are Finally Going Digital

J.D. Salinger's Books Are Finally Going Digital

Six months after J.D. Salinger's estate revealed plans to release some of the author's unpublished work, the estate is now also readying to bring Salinger's classic stories to digital libraries for the first time.

The Catcher in the Rye, Nine Stories, Franny and Zooey, and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour - An Introduction will all be available in digital format starting this week.

A recluse famous for his obsessively private life, Salinger's aversion to technology kept his work offline for decades.

"We're thrilled to announce that J. D. Salinger's books will soon be available to read digitally", Little, Brown and Company said in a tweet Sunday. 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. But he said any publication of new works may be years away.

Holden Caulfield is finally joining the digital age.

He began to reconsider the idea, though, about five years ago, when a woman wrote to him about a disability that makes it hard for her to read printed books. Because of that attitude, the trust put off requests for digital editions, and was only swayed recently when a reader wrote to Salinger to say that her disability made it hard to read physical books.

"He would want people to come to it with no preconceptions", Matt Salinger said.

However, in an interview with the Associated Press, Salinger described how despite his father's love of "the full tactile experience of reading a printed book", he loved his readers and would have wanted them to be able to read his work.

The report also highlights another reason for why it's taken almost a decade for Salinger to go through his father's works: he hasn't been able to use any handwriting recognition software to convert his father's handwritten work into digital files, forcing him to type up every word himself. "I wanted people to know that, yes, he did keep writing, there's a lot of material, and yes, it will be published".