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Lee Kuan Yew’s memoirs go digital

In his author's note, the former Minister Mentor expressed hope that a generation that grew up with digital literacy and technology would be able to find relevance in the experiences of his generation. 

SINGAPORE: More than a decade after they were launched, the memoirs of former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew were finally released as e-books on Monday (Aug 25).

In the author’s note to the e-book edition, Mr Lee, who is Singapore's founding father and first Prime Minister wrote: “It is my hope that the experiences of my generation find relevance with a generation that grew up with digital literacy and technology”, underlining his original objective of giving younger Singaporeans an understanding of the struggles faced by Singapore in the early nation-building years.

The two volumes - The Singapore Story, and From Third World To First - have sold more than 430,000 copies in Singapore and Malaysia since they were first published in 1999 and 2000 respectively.

Times Publishing Group's Head of Publishing Lee Fei Chen said the e-books were launched as a tribute to Mr Lee in this digital age: “I am gratified that we are able to publish the e-books in time for Mr Lee’s 91st birthday. Too many years have separated this edition from the print edition.”

The e-books are available for purchase at major e-tailers at S$34.99 each.