Harper Lee has not permitted To Kill a Mockingbird to be released in e-book format. She says, "some things should happen on soft pages, not cold metal."
As an English Language Arts and Reading Teacher, I was somewhat disappointed to see that most of the classics are not available for the Nook Reader. Are there plans in the future to add some of the classics?
Which classics are those? Almost everything of consequence written before 1923 is available for free because it's out of copyright.
Barnes & Noble offers versions of those classics that have been enhanced with footnotes and commentary, and occasionally illustrations, in their "B&N Classics" series. Information on the B&N Classics can be found here: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/classics/index.asp?PID=19278 and the NOOKbooks themselves can be found here: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/ebooks/category.asp?PID=34011
I was somewhat disappointed to see that most of the classics are not available for the Nook Reader
look forward to hearing from you as I would especially love to see some of the classics made available.
What books are you looking for? I have quite a few - and over the summer B&N gave away nearly 100 of them.
The problem with converting is that if the book was not originally created with an eye to becoming an ebook there is a lot of work involved in getting it into ebook format. The publisher's investment may not be recoupable as there isn't the same demand for some of them as there is for the latest Stephen King, Ken Follett or James Patterson. They can't charge more than $3.99 or so if they want people to buy...
Can you give some more examples? Other than TKMB, Catcher in the Rye & anything by Ray Bradbury (all famous eBook holdouts).
I can't think of any other classics covered in my middle/high school experience that aren't available as either public domain (mostly free, sometimes low cost like B&N classics) or as regular editions from their existing publishers.
A few of the "classics" I enjoyed when they were part of my schooling that are available:
Add in anything that's pre-20th C and it's all pretty much public domain and available as a low cost classic edition or through any number of free sites, such as Project Gutenberg. Dickens, Hardy, Mellville, Shakespeare, Milton, Wilkie Collins, et. al.
Others I read in high school:I'm actually having a hard time not finding books that we read. Of course, I'm old and that was almost 20 years ago, but..
The only classics I've wanted that I haven't been able to find (besides Catcher in the Rye and I already have 2 physical copies of that book and know it isn't being released as an ebook yet) is anything by Sylvia Plath. I'm pretty sure that might fall in the same category, whoever holds her copyright (her kids?) isn't releasing it. I do have a nice complete dtb version of her poetry (would be nice to have on my nook, but oh, well), but somewhere along the way I seem to have lost my copy of The Bell Jar and I was wanting to reread it. I'll probably end up buying it again in paperback cause there's really no telling where I misplaced it over the years.