91-year-old author Ray Bradbury has agreed to allow his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 to be published as an e-book, following years of vociferous objection to the new format.
According to a BBC report, the rights to the novel had been due to expire, and a new contract was going to be impossible to secure without including e-book rights.
The book’s US publisher, Simon & Schuster, is now selling Fahrenheit 451 for US$9.99. UK publishers HarperCollins have not yet finalised a deal.
The novel, which posits a future in which reading is banned and books are burned, has sold 10 million copies since it was first published in 1953.
Bradbury has been a vocal opponent of technology, telling the New York Times in 2009 that the internet was ‘a big distraction’.
"It’s meaningless; it’s not real,” the author said.
"It’s in the air somewhere.”