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Is This What Harper Lee Would Have Wanted? Estate of the Late Author Orders Publisher to Stop Printing the Relatively Inexpensive Mass-Market Paperback Version of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ Which Has Been a Staple for Schoolkids for Years

Mar 14, 2016  •  Post A Comment

The estate of Harper Lee is dumping the familiar low-priced paperback version of the author’s classic “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the New York Post reports.

“Hachette informed booksellers last week that Lee’s estate will no longer allow the publisher to produce or sell its cheaper paperback edition of the literary classic as of April 25,” the paper reports. “The mass-market edition, which has been a staple of kids’ backpacks for decades, sold for $8.99.”

The report notes that Harper Collins publishes trade paperback editions priced at $14.99 and $16.99, along with a regular hardcover edition for $25.99 and a book-in-slipcase edition for $35. The publisher reportedly does not plan any additional versions of the book.

The story adds that the mass-market paperback “has sold 55,376 copies in the U.S. year to date…The pricier trade paperback…has sold less than half that figure, 22,554 copies.”

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  1. Isn’t it funny how the estates always need more money than the creators of the products.

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