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New Stephen King Book Will Be In Paperback Only (at least initially)

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Initial post: May 31, 2012 6:40:49 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 31, 2012 6:41:13 PM PDT
CLS10 says:
A SK book to be released next June will be released in paperback only.

""King explained in a statement: "I love crime, I love mysteries, and I love ghosts. That combo made Hard Case Crime the perfect venue for this book, which is one of my favorites. I also loved the paperbacks I grew up with as a kid, and for that reason, we're going to hold off on e-publishing this one for the time being. Joyland will be coming out in paperback, and folks who want to read it will have to buy the actual book.""

Full article is here:

The comments are interesting. Some are annoyed while others think it's great and will bring people back to bookstores and increase social interaction (I disagree with the social interaction theory, though).

(I did a search for this but nothing came up)

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2012 6:47:51 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 31, 2012 7:24:22 PM PDT
Loz says:
By not publishing in e-book format, he's just losing out on sales and money and annoying long time fans.

Posted on May 31, 2012 6:50:04 PM PDT
I like Stephen King books a lot. But not enough to buy a paperback.

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2012 6:55:59 PM PDT
I detest paperback books, so picking up Joyland will not be a happening thing for me.

Posted on May 31, 2012 7:01:24 PM PDT
Bixillarla says:
Same here, I will wait for it to come out on Kindle. I will not be purchasing the paper book.

I bet the majority of the paper buyers will get it from places like Amazon and have it shipped to their, I doubt this will get many back in to the bookstores.

Posted on May 31, 2012 7:46:40 PM PDT
mdholm says:
It's been a nice run, SK, but not even for you am I going to purchase a paperback book.

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2012 10:47:35 PM PDT
Emi Naimon says:
No paper for me either. SK you need to get out more.

Posted on May 31, 2012 11:03:42 PM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Wonder how long after the book comes out that someone copies it and puts it up on the torrent sites..hehe. He should just release it.

Posted on May 31, 2012 11:10:05 PM PDT
As most here, I'll wait for it to come out as an ebook -- and it eventually will. I do purchase some of his signed hardcovers when they first come out as collector's editions, but it sounds like SK is reliving the paperback pulp tradition in a retro way. The cover looks like something that would have graced an original Mickey Spillane. As to him losing out on "money," I think he's pretty well set in the .001% of money earners. He recently said he'd like his taxes to be higher ala Warren Buffett.

Posted on May 31, 2012 11:48:34 PM PDT
Dorsie says:
It seems that Mr. King does not take visual disabilities very seriously. It's been over four years since I was physically able to read a paperback, and his ridiculous nostalgia fit will not magically cure me.

Posted on May 31, 2012 11:53:18 PM PDT
I find this very odd!! I was of the assumption SK embraced the e-reader technology and was quite supportive of it, seems a strange decision to make, simply because he likes paperbacks!

Posted on May 31, 2012 11:59:14 PM PDT
J. R. Jones says:
It's a way for SK to window the ebook without coming out and admitting that's what he's doing.

Posted on Jun 1, 2012 1:58:49 AM PDT
I can understand it with this book since it's part of Titan's Hard Case Crime imprint. It's a throwback to the pulp/hard boiled/noir eras and and it makes sense to me that they'd want the paper version out there first, especially considering Stephen King is one of the most collected authors out there. I've been reading their books since they started in 2004, and while I'd prefer the ebook version, I'll have no problem shelling out $7 or $8 for the paperback version. I'm guessing this is a one off thing to help boost sales for True Case Crime and not going to be the norm for King's new releases since his last few releases have not been windowed. I can't blame the guy a but for wanting to do this one on his terms, he's certainly earned the right to release his books however he wants

Posted on Jun 1, 2012 6:49:42 AM PDT
I'll buy the Pb, hopefully it will be my last!

Posted on Jun 1, 2012 6:57:29 AM PDT
S. Dunham says:
I understand and respect his decision. But there is no author that I have to read the second the book is released. Even Stephen King. I guess I can finally get around to reading Under the Dome. I got it when it was released, but I haven't had a chance to read it yet. I honestly don't think this is a money decision or a slight against eBooks on his part. But I do think he is going to be disappointed when people don't flock to the book store to buy his paperback and socialize.

Posted on Jun 1, 2012 7:27:59 AM PDT
This is a bit disappointing, especially since King was one of the first, if not THE first major author to release an exclusive Kindle version ebook (novella) when he released UR. I felt certain that King was on the road to becoming a staunch ebook supporter, unlike some other major authors (she who must no be named), who have taken flat out belligerent attitudes about ebooks, at least in the beginning.

I feel the same as many others in that despite the fact that I am a huge Stephen King fan, and have been for decades, this move to release a new book in paperback only (at least for the time being) will not prompt me to devolve in my current reading habits by luring me into buying a paperback release of my favorite author's newest book. Sorry, but it's not going to happen. Loved paperbacks when I was a kid, and then later in life, when I could afford, I turned exclusively to hard covers. But now, I'm an ebook reader exclusively and for many, many personal, valid, and beneficial reasons.

This is just pure speculation on my part, but honestly it sounds more to me like King is merely trying to help out his crony friends at his publishing house by publishing a paper book only. Maybe, maybe not, but that's what it looks like to me. I hope this tactic doesn't work, and doesn't continue with future releases.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2012 7:36:44 AM PDT
it's not his normal publishing house, it's a small imprint

Posted on Jun 1, 2012 8:55:11 AM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
"The Green Mile" was originally released as a chapter book - six (I think) individual slim volumes released monthly. He was channelling Dickens, or something.

This sort of thing is to be expected from King. He's in love with writing, and with reading. Sometimes he writes to order, and sometimes he'll have an idea in mind that combines form and function to provide a "reading experience," not just a story. I think it's worth the reminder that such things exist.

I have a near-complete King collection, mostly in hardcover. These days I wait until the hardcovers are $4.99 to add them to my collection, having already read a library copy or sometimes the e-book. This one I might buy.

Posted on Jun 1, 2012 9:24:46 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 1, 2012 9:29:24 AM PDT
A long time King fan would not be bothered by this because they would know, from experience, that this is nothing new for him. He experiments every once in a while with initially releasing a book in a format that he think best fits it. He's done it with the chapter book format (Green Mile). He did it three times with eBook only format (Ridng the Bullet, The Plant and UR). In fact Riding the Bullet was the worlds first mass-market eBook and the Plant was the worlds first attempt by a major author to sell a book in online only as an eBook with no DRM and payments on the honor system. He's done paperback only before with his last hard case crime novella (The Colorado Kid). This is nothing new for him.

EDIT: Sorry.. I initally said "true" fan in this post. I really meant long-time fan and have corrected it. New fans may not know his history of doing things like this, but they are still true fans. No insult intended to new fans. Sorry.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2012 8:47:32 PM PDT
True, great post

Posted on Jun 2, 2012 10:14:43 AM PDT
bookcrazy says:
no "Joyland" for me either until it is available in e-format.

Posted on Jun 2, 2012 11:11:44 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 2, 2012 1:44:32 PM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
It's a legitimate position -- "I won't buy it until it's an e-book." But when we take such positions, we should remember that we are choosing to give up certain dimensions of an experience.

I, for example, won't go to movie theaters. I buy a lot of movies, but not until they're available as a high-def download or on Blu-ray. I recognize that I'm giving up something -- the community experience, the scale, etc. -- but I choose to trade that for perfect "projection" and sound, and for the absence of yahoos in the audience.

Modern audiences have rarely experienced the kind of moviegoing I grew up with -- when projectionists were trained technicians, knowledgeable and proud of their craft, and audiences respected the art and each other. So they don't miss it.

Likewise, modern readers increasingly don't care about the subtleties of book-buying and collecting. The words are all that matter; the container is ephemeral, disposable, generic. And nearly always, they're not missing anything important, while benefiting in ways we never dreamed of 50 years ago.

But King is an author of my generation. He and I both remember the paperback racks at the drugstore, the racy covers on the private eye novels that made you feel a little bit outlaw just to pick up and that, if the clerk would even sell it to you, you had to hide from your parents (or your teachers or your co-workers or your wife...). Books as physical objects can occupy spaces in your life that mere words cannot.

If evoking these feelings and memories is meaningless to you -- or just not important -- there's no reason to buy the paperback. But don't dismiss the idea out of hand, and try to avoid the automatic assumption that the choice to publish in paperback first is some sort of anti-ebook statement. King is just reaffirming something that's important to him, and perhaps to some of his readers of a certain age.

Posted on Jun 2, 2012 12:19:41 PM PDT
quilt lover says:
I will probably buy the new SK book in paperback because I am a collector & longtime fan, but I will probably wait to read it until it comes out digitally. Yes, I will purchase it twice, I've done that with a lot of his books.

Posted on Jun 28, 2013 5:37:00 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 28, 2013 5:37:26 PM PDT
Woody says:
I was all set to buy Joyland as an eBook. Since I can't, I will probably blow one of my monthly Audible credits to get it instead (yes, it IS available as an audiobook). Since I have prepaid for my audiobooks from Audible, this means fewer net dollars out of my pocket and, hence, fewer dollars into someone else's pocket.

Who exactly does this benefit, pray tell? I save a few bucks but end up not reading the book in the format I prefer (eBook). Some eBookseller loses a sale and I'm still not cluttering my house with a DTB--no sale in any bookstore. Looks like lose-lose to me. Same thing happened when I had to listen to SK's 11-22-63 on Audible because I refused to pay almost $20 for the eBook version (priced the same as the hardcover). Oh, well, fortunately for me I am not a big SK fan, cuz he's 0 for 2 on book buying experiences for me.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 28, 2013 5:41:23 PM PDT
Woody says:
If you can't wait for this to come out as an eBook (IF it ever does) you might consider the audiobook. It's already available as an audiobook. I will likely go that route. HTH.
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