January 27, 2022

Stephen King’s New Novel Will Not Be Available as Ebook When It’s Published Next Month, No Plans for Digital Version

From the The Wall St. Journal***:

Don’t expect to see an e-book edition any time soon of Stephen King’s new novel, “Joyland,” which will be published next month.

Mr. King, an e-book pioneer, held on to the novel’s digital rights in hopes of spurring his fans to buy the print edition in bookstores. He said it is unclear when he will make the coming-of-age tale available digitally.

“I have no plans for a digital version,” Mr. King said. “Maybe at some point, but in the meantime, let people stir their sticks and go to an actual bookstore rather than a digital one.”


Mr. King’s latest move to make “Joyland” only available as a physical book is essentially the reverse of what he did in 2000, when he became one of the country’s first writers to make a new work available exclusively in a digital format. Then, CBS Corp.’s Simon & Schuster publishing arm issued Mr. King’s 16,000-word ghost story “Riding the Bullet” as an e-book priced at $2.50.

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See Also: In Early 2009, King Published a Novella That Was Exclusive to Kindle Platform

See Also: Stephen King Is King of E-Book Singles (via The Huffington Post)

Hat Tip and Thanks: @librarythingtim

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.