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Publisher unites Old Man and the e-book

Ernest Hemingway is moving into the digital age, as Scribner prepares to release 23 of his works in an electronic book format.

Ernest Hemingway is moving into the digital age, as Scribner prepares to release 23 of his works in an electronic book format.

Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, will make the works available at the publisher's e-book store and through Yahoo's e-book channel, among other locations. The company will charge $9.99 per download.

"The Hemingway collection is the cornerstone of Scribner's list," Susan Moldow, Scribner executive vice president, said in a release. "With its enduring appeal to a huge international audience of general readers, students and academics, it is particularly gratifying to be able to offer these timeless works in publishing's first truly global format," she said. "This is an important first step in creating a complete, scholarly electronic library for Hemingway, as well as bringing our classic backlist into the new era of digital publishing," Moldow added.

The company also said it would, for the first time, grant permissions for those doing course work electronically, through a special e-mail address, hemingwaypermissions@simonandschuster.com.

The works being published electronically include For Whom the Bell Tolls, Death in the Afternoon, A Farewell to Arms and The Old Man and the Sea.

eBooks have been somewhat slow to take off, but sales have been growing gradually. The technology has attracted more modern authors, such as Stephen King, but older works have also made their way into the format as publishers seek new outlets for their back catalogs.