'Fahrenheit 451' finally released as an ebook

Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury has finally consented to allow his classic novel, Fahrenheit 451, to be published as an ebook. 

The renowned author had previously resisted the move, saying that ebooks "smelled like burned fuel." But the times, they are a-changin'. 

Bradbury hasn't commented on the story, which is making the rounds in the publishing world, considering the irony of a digital edition of a story about banning books. But his agent, Michael Congdon, said the rights for the book were about to expire, and considering the reach of the digital market, a "new contract wouldn't be possible without ebook rights." Bradbury agreed, he said. 

We would never begrudge Bradbury's defense of traditional books, but a future where any book ever published can be made available at the click of a button can't be all that bad, right?  

The ebook is now available from major online retailers. 

[via The Associated Press]

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