May 22, 2013

Stephen King returns to paperback

More than a decade after becoming one of the first well-known authors to publish an e-book, horror writer Stephen King has turned his back on digital publishing for his latest release. The bestselling writer will not release an ebook version of Joyland, set in a North Carolina amusement park in 1973, and tipped to be a huge bestseller.

He hopes his fans will continue to buy his books in print form and give a boost to the many booksellers worldwide who are struggling to compete against e-books.

Personally, I think he’d do far more to help ailing bookshops by emulating Barefoot Books and refusing to let Amazon retail the book! As far as I’m concerned, it’s not ebooks that are driving traditional booksellers out of business, it’s e-commerce and the huge buying power of retailers like Amazon and the supermarkets. If anyone else has an opinion on this, please do comment!

King was among the first authors to pioneer e-books when they hit the market in 2000. He exclusively made his 16,000 word ghost story, Riding the Bullet, only available as an e-book. He has also released three other stories as Kindle Singles, on top of his non-fiction essay, Guns, in the wake of the Newtown shooting.

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