Salinger Titles, Including ‘Catcher in the Rye,’ Available (At Last) as Ebooks, With Discounts, a Giveaway for Libraries 

The works of J.D. Salinger are going digital for the first time. Special discounts and a 1,000-ebook giveaway are being offered to libraries, starting today.

The works of J.D. Salinger are going digital for the first time. Little, Brown announced the publication of electronic editions of Salinger’s four books yesterday. 

Along with The Catcher in the Rye, Nine Stories, Franny and Zooey, and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour—An Introduction, are available as ebooks beginning today.

“In the spirit of accessibility and availability of Salinger’s work for all readers, the release of the ebooks will involve a special focus on libraries,” according to a release.

A special discount available to all libraries from today, August 13 to December 31, 2019, is $50 for a two-year license. The standard library ebook price is $65 for a two-year license.

In addition, 1,000 copies of the newly available Salinger titles will be given away to public libraries in North America via an OverDrive sweepstakes campaign.

Long a holdout on going digital, the estate of J.D. Salinger approved the move with an eye toward accessibility and today’s readers.

“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 author's son Matt Salinger says. “As it became clear to us that increasing numbers of readers today read only ebooks, and after I was taken severely (if also humorously) to task by a reader with a disability in Ypsilanti, Michigan, who can’t read except on an electronic device, we decided it was time.”

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Kathy Ishizuka

Kathy Ishizuka is editor in chief of School Library Journal.

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