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J.D. Salinger's books to be available in digital formats for the first time

Longtime Salinger publisher Little, Brown and Company said all four of his works, including The Catcher in the Rye, will be made available as e-books on Tuesday, Aug. 13.
J.D. Salinger's classic novel The Catcher in the Rye was originally published in 1951. (Back Bay Books)

 You'll finally be able to catch J.D. Salinger's books in digital format.

Longtime Salinger publisher Little, Brown and Company said all four of his works, including The Catcher in the Rye, will be made available as e-books on Tuesday, Aug. 13, marking the first time that the entirety of his published work will be available in digital format.

His son, Matt Salinger, said the digital holdout ended because many readers use e-books exclusively and some people with disabilities can only use them.

"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," said Salinger, who helps oversee his father's literary estate.

In addition to The Catcher in the Rye, the e-books include Nine StoriesFranny and Zooey and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction.

The electronic publication continues a yearlong centennial celebration of author's birth and his contributions to literature.

Salinger, who died in 2010, lived a reclusive life in Cornish, New Hampshire, and rarely spoke to the media. He not only stopped releasing new work, but rejected any reissues or e-book editions.

In addition to the e-books, there have been new covers and a boxed edition.

Matt Salinger also has said unpublished work by his late father will be coming out. But he said any publication of new works may be years away.

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