"The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience."
HarperCollins Publishers LLC have this week announced the development of an electronic version of the hit 1960 racial drama novel To Kill A Mockingbird. Written by American author Harper Lee, the text focuses on the days leading to the trial of Tom Robinson, an African-American man who finds himself wrongly accused of a heinous crime, only to soon realize that he may be found guilty regardless of the strength of his legal defence case.
Believe it or not, the eBook edition of Lee's beloved 20th Century retrospective on racial corruption in the United States and its pervading influence throughout her society has been a long time coming. Whereas countless classic texts from the 1900s and the centuries preceding it (such as the works of Fitzgerald, Dickens and Chaucer, to name but a select few!) are already available either for under £1 or free of charge, the now 88-year old author of Mockingbird had been resistant to the notion of her work being digitalized until recently. "I'm still old-fashioned," she remarked in HarperCollins' announcement press release, "I love dusty old books and libraries. I am amazed and humbled that Mockingbird has survived this long. This is Mockingbird for a new generation." We couldn't be more pleasantly surprised by the news, not least since (in our humble view, for what it's worth) this is an essential read for any literary enthusiast attempting to gain a deeper insight into those works which helped to re-define this oft-overlooked entertainment medium in the aftermath of two devastating World Wars.
To Kill A Mockingbird will retail on the Kindle Marketplace and other eBook stores from July 8th.