Stephen King Chooses Print Only for “Joyland”

Stephen King.[1]

Stephen King, notorious for his horror stories and complicated plots, has shown  where he stands in the war of print vs. digital. Originally an advocate for e-books, even attending the 2009 premiere and launch of Amazon’s Kindle 2, King has now found his way back to print.[2]

With efforts to boost revenues of book stores, King’s newest written piece, “Joyland,” will not be available in e-book format; the novel will be published June 4th in print only. “I have no plans for a digital version,” King explained about “Joyland.” “Maybe at some point, but in the meantime, let people stir their sticks and go to an actual bookstore rather than a digital one.”[3]

As King said in 2009 at the Kindle 2 premier, “Yes, MP3s and iTunes destroyed the CD industry. Nobody’s going to buy the whole if you can just buy a slice. But that doesn’t apply to books.”[4] King believed it then and he confirms it to this day, e-books will not replace printed books; e-books are a fad. Many people, like King, display unwavering support for print. Choose Print today!


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