Lee Kuan Yew's memoirs now available in digital format

SINGAPORE - For the first time, former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew's widely acclaimed memoirs, The Singapore Story and From Third World To First, will be made available in digital format.

Print editions of the books have sold more than 430,000 copies in Singapore and Malaysia since they were first published in 1999 and 2000 respectively.

Mr Lee, Singapore's founding father and first prime minister, reiterated that his objective of writing the memoirs was for a younger generation of Singaporeans; to give them "an understanding of the difficulties Singapore faced then in its struggle to survive in the midst of larger, newly independent nations pursuing nationalistic policies".

In the author's note to the eBook edition, Mr Lee added, "It is my hope that the experiences of my generation find relevance with a generation that grew up with digital literacy and technology."

Professor Tom Plate, author of Conversations with Lee Kuan Yew, said: "More than a decade ago Lee Kuan Yew's two-volume autobiography opened many eyes and minds to the astounding Singapore success story. The new digital editions should expand the audience and deepen the understanding even more."

The eBooks are available at major e-tailers from today. They are priced at $34.99 for each volume.