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J.D. Salinger’s books to finally get digital release

A January 28, 2010 photo shows a copies

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

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One of literature’s biggest e-book holdouts is about to make the leap to digital. J.D. Salinger’s estate plans to publish some of the reclusive author’s classic stories in e-book form this week.

The Catcher in the Rye; Nine Stories; Franny and Zooey; Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters; and Seymour: An Introduction, will be released as e-books on Tuesday, The New York Times reported Sunday. Salinger’s estate was considered a major e-book holdout, partly because his son Matt Salinger vigilantly guarded the late author’s privacy and legacy.

“This is the last chip to fall in terms of the classic works,” Terry Adams, vice president, digital and paperback publisher of Little, Brown, told the Times. “All of the other estates of major 20th century writers have made the move to e-books, but Matt has been very cautious.”

Salinger, who died in 2010 at the age of 91, published his last work in 1965 and

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