HarperCollins has announced that the seminal book To Kill A Mockingbird will be getting the eBook and audiobook treatment this July. Thousands of schools all over Canada and the US have used this book as part of their English departments remedial reading program. This will be the first time this classic is going digital and the author stated “I am amazed and humbled that ‘Mockingbird’ has survived this long. This is ‘Mockingbird’ for a new generation.”
First published in July 1960, Mockingbird has sold more than 30m copies worldwide, and that total is climbing by more than 1m copies a year, according to HarperCollins. The main reason this book is finally getting the eBook treatment is that author Harper Lee successfully sued her former agent and got back the rights to her book.
The audiobook edition has been out on CD for a very long time, but will finally be getting the digital treatment in a deal with Audible. The eBook will be available in all major retail channels at the beginning of July, but there is no word yet on whether companies like Baker and Taylor, 3M or Overdrive will have it available to libraries.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.