JD Salinger's books are finally going digital

Salinger is displayed at the University of New Hampshire in Durham N.H

Salinger is displayed at the University of New Hampshire in Durham N.H

J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye will for the first time be available as an e-book this week.

Then in the fall, with Matt Salinger's help, the New York Public Library will host the first public exhibition from J.D. Salinger's personal archives, which will feature letters, family photographs and the typescript for "The Catcher in the Rye" with the author's handwritten edits, along with about 160 other items. His son's efforts have only helped to preserve the mystery that surrounds the iconic author, who up until now has been considered the most prominent e-book holdout.

"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. In addition to the e-books, there have been new covers and a boxed edition. He not only stopped releasing new work, but rejected any reissues or e-book editions.

Salinger, who died in 2010 at the age of 91, published his last work in 1965 and didn't speak to the media after 1980, choosing to live a reclusive life in New Hampshire. Things began to change around 2014, when he received a letter from a woman who explained she had a disability that made reading printed books hard.

Salinger has spent years trying to respect the privacy of his father, who passed away nearly ten years ago and was known for his reclusive habits. While there is no date set for these releases, Matt Salinger assured that they will be made available.

"Things like e-books and audiobooks are tough, because he clearly didn't want them", Matt added.

He also told the Associated Press, "There were few things my father loved more than the full tactile experience of reading a printed book, but he may have loved his readers more - and not just the "ideal private reader" he wrote about, but all his readers".

The release is part of a centennial celebration of the author's birth. Matt Salinger related to the Times that his father had an aversion to the internet.

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