Stephen King’s new novelJoyland will be available in print-only.
“Available in … what’s that, print-only?” Yes, available in print-only. Meaning that if you want to read Joyland, you have to actually buy a tangible, coffee-stain vulnerable copy in either hard or soft cover varieties.
“But … but why?” Though Stephen King has e-published in the past, this time he’s skipping a digital version because he wants to encourage curious readers to pick up an actual book.
“I have no plans for a digital version,” King told the Wall Street 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.”
Something tells us you’ll want to pick up Joyland, too. It’s one of the most buzzed-about books of the summer season.
It takes place in a North Carolina amusement park in the early 70s, and sees a college student get involved in an old murder. It’s King’s tribute to pulp fiction (which he read in his youth), and will even be published by Hard Case Crime, an independent company that specializes in pulpy cover art.
Hard Case Crime previously released Stephen King’s The Colorado Kid in 2005.
“Part of the reason he publishes with us it to support our authors but I also think he enjoys the pulp presentation,” said Hard Case owner Charles Ardai told the Journal.
Joyland comes out June 4, 2013.
Are you a fan of Stephen King? Will you still go out and purchase Joyland, even if you’ve become more accustomed to reading e-books on a tablet or other device? Sound off!
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