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Stephen King’s No Joy In E-Book Land

I’m not the only one annoyed with Mr. King.

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As I’m gearing up to self-publish with both e-book and paperback options, the news breaks today that Stephen King has made the decision to not provide an e-book option for his upcoming book Joyland. In today’s digital age where authors like Neil Gaiman are pushing for change in order to keep up rather than to go extinct, it’s either a bold move or a big financial mistake.

The decision to not include an e-book at all for Joyland makes readers have to purchase the physical book, which is King’s ultimate motive. In a move that shows support for brick-and-mortar stores, the book is available for pre-order as a paperback on Amazon, but a reader can purchase a limited hardback edition through Titan Books. So that may change things slightly as he is not treating the release in the traditional way. Now he’s making the hardback a limited…

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6 responses to “Stephen King’s No Joy In E-Book Land

  1. theparasiteguy May 25, 2013 at 8:31 am

    To be honest, I don’t really blame Stephen King for wanting to stick with what he knows. The man has spent all of his life working under the traditional publishing system, and he’s got so much money that a drop in sales wouldn’t hurt him all that badly.

    I support the rise in ebooks on the whole, but I can see why some of the professionals are concerned.

    • kingmidget May 25, 2013 at 8:34 am

      My problem is that he’s taken advantage of e-publishing where it works for him. As the author of the post, or a commenter, pointed out … he was one of the first big name author’s to buy into e-publishing. Now, suddenly, he’s dedicated to saving bookstores and hard copy publishing?
      Professional name authors can charge as much for an e-book as they do for a paperback, without the costs of a hard copy eating into their profits. I’m not sure why they would be concerned about the rise of e-books.

      • theparasiteguy May 25, 2013 at 8:43 am

        I think the concern is that ebooks will disrupt, and eventually end, the paradigm that is traditional publishing. Whether this concern is justified (or whether it’s even a bad thing) remains to be seen.

      • kingmidget May 25, 2013 at 12:35 pm

        The music industry fought digital music for years. Now, there are more ways to generate revenue for artists and recording companies than there have ever been. Yes, the “industry” has lost some control, but the increase in diversity, in exposure of a whole set of artists we wouldn’t have heard of ten years ago, and all those new ways to listen to music is a huge advance and boon for the industry. Book publishing is on the threshold of that now. Publishers can’t keep fighting this.

      • butimbeautiful May 25, 2013 at 8:07 pm

        Ironically for a self publishing author, though, I kinda worry about quality. There is a lot of total rubbish out there. How does the average reader know what’s crap, when everyone can write a great blurb (including me)? On the other hand, publishers don’t have the last word on crap and non-crap either.

      • kingmidget May 26, 2013 at 7:26 am

        I’m totally with you on quality. I’ve read some self-published stuff that wasn’t worth it. There’s also plenty of traditionally published stuff that isn’t so good either. What is good or bad is pretty much a crap shoot, to be honest.

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