As the author J.D. Salinger died at the age of 91 in 2010, leaving behind a decade-long reputation as a reluctant public figure. After four books and a series of short stories, he continued writing but stopped publishing, declined any efforts to publicize his career, and rejected technology because he preferred to leave his works on the printed page.
This is due to change this month, with e books by The Catcher in the Rye Nine Stories Franny and Zooey and Lift the roof beams, the carpenters and Seymour high: An Introduction released by Little, Brown and Company for digital use. Why the change? Salinger's son Matt Salinger thought it was time.
In an article by Alexandra Alter in the New York Times the younger Salinger stated that his father must fear electronic media. His works should reach the hands of as many readers as possible. He had been led to digitize the books, he said from a letter he received from a reader whose disability made it difficult to read physical copies. As co-trustee of the JD Salinger Literary Trust, Matt's power was to make the decision.
Matt Salinger ̵
The ebooks are now available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
[h/t The New York Times]