For you fans of the printed page, this might be a sigh of relief. For you fans of staring at a screen while reading, this might cause a bit of…Misery? Get it Misery? Nevermind… More than a decade after becoming one of the first authors to publish an e-book, horror writer Stephen King has turned his back on digital publishing. Read on for the details.
The best selling writer has refused to allow his latest book Joyland to be published in digital format
He hopes his fans will continue to buy his books in the print form and give a boost to many booksellers worldwide who are struggling to compete against e-books.
‘I have no plans for a digital version,’ King told the Wall St. Journal.
‘Maybe at some point, but in the meantime, let people stir their sticks and go to an actual bookstore rather than a digital one.’
His decision will be welcomed by booksellers who have been hit by a drop in visitors to stores due to the increasing popularity of e-books.
King’s latest book, which is set in North Carolina amusement park in 1973, is tipped to be a best seller.
His decision to turn his back on digital publishing comes as sales of e-books are at an all time high. with 457 million sold last year
Digital books generated $3bn in revenue last year – and increase of 44 per cent on the previous year.
King was among the first authors to pioneer e-books when they first hit the market in 2000.
He exclusively made his 16,000 word ghost story Riding the Bullet only available as an e-book and selling for $2.50.
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.
King also has his highly anticipated prequel to The Shinning coming out in the fall, which is his major novel with Scribner.
He has not revealed whether the prequel to the 1977 novel will be available as an e-book yet.
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