Boo Radley Goes Digital as To Kill a Mockingbird Gets eBook Release

By Gerald Lynch on at

The Pulitzer Prize-winning classic To Kill a Mockingbird is to enter the digital publishing era, more than 50 years after its first release back in July of 1960.

88 year-old author Harper Lee had for many years been dismissive of the ebook revolution spearheaded by the likes of Amazon, believing there was a lack of romance to reading a book on a Kindle eReader, tablet or computer.

"Can you imagine curling up in bed to read a computer? Weeping for Anna Karenina and being terrified by Hannibal Lecter, entering the heart of darkness with Mistah Kurtz, having Holden Caulfield ring you up," she wrote in an O Magazine article back in 2006. "Some things should happen on soft pages, not cold metal."

However, the author (whose only published novel was To Kill a Mockingbird), seems to have had a change of heart now.

"I'm still old-fashioned. I love dusty old books and libraries," Lee said of the book's new digital release, according to the Associated Press. "I am amazed and humbled that 'Mockingbird' has survived this long. This is 'Mockingbird' for a new generation."

Despite illegal, digitally transcribed copies of To Kill a Mockingbird being in circulation across the web, this is the first time publisher HarperCollins has officially released the much-loved novel digitally. The release follows a dispute between Harper Lee and a literary agent last year, in which the author claimed she had been tricked into signing over the copyright of her book.

One of the most celebrated novels of the 20th century, dealing with themes of racial segregation and the pains of adolescence, it was adapted into a critically-acclaimed, Oscar-winning film in 1962, pictured above.