1. THANKS, HARPER

    ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Is Going Digital

    WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 05: Pulitzer Prize winner and "To Kill A Mockingbird" author Harper Lee smiles before receiving the 2007 Presidential Medal of Freedom in the East Room of the White House November 5, 2007 in Washington, DC. The Medal of Freedom is given to those who have made remarkable contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, culture, or other private or public endeavors.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Harper Lee

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    Although it's her own birthday, Harper Lee is giving a gift to readers. The beloved author of To Kill a Mockingbird announced Monday on her 88th birthday that she will allow her classic novel to be made into an ebook and digital audiobook. Lee said in a statement: "I'm still old-fashioned. 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." Her announcement comes a year after she sued her former agent, Samuel Pinkus, to regain the rights for her novel. Mockingbird will be released digitally on July 8.

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