He won't be breaking his silence to explain why, but Thomas Pynchon has finally allowed his work to be sold digitally. The reclusive novelist's seven books, including Gravity's Rainbow, are now available as e-books; Pynchon is one of the last major writers to consent to the move.
Shortly before his death last week, Ray Bradbury – who once said of ebooks, "Those aren't books" – had republished his sci-fi classic Fahrenheit 451 in digital format. JK Rowling and Judy Blume have also recently succumbed. There are still some notable exceptions, however.
Harper Lee, another press-averse author, refuses to allow To Kill A Mockingbird to be published digitally; JD Salinger's estate has yet to consent to Catcher in the Rye getting the e-book treatment. And Maurice Sendak, who died in May, never countenanced Kindle versions of his children's books.
"I hate those e-books," he said. "They cannot be the future. They may well be. I'll be dead, I won't give a shit."
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