J.D. Salinger's Books to Be Released in Digital Format

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The author's works including 'Catcher in the Rye,' 'Nine Stories' and more will be electronically released Tuesday as part of a yearlong centennial celebration of the reclusive author's contributions to literature.

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

Longtime Salinger publisher Little, Brown and Company announced Sunday that all four of his works, including The Catcher in the Rye, will be made available Tuesday as e-books, 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 Catcher in the Rye, the e-books include Nine Stories, Franny and Zooey and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction.

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

The author, 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. But things are changing — 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Matt Salinger also has said unpublished work by his late father will be coming out, but added that any publication of new works may be years away.