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Old 05-20-2013, 12:33 PM   #1
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No e-book edition for new Stephen King thriller

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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.

"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."
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I'll be giving the book a miss.
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Old 05-20-2013, 12:39 PM   #2
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Ditto. That arrogant comment alone will prevent me from purchasing.
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Old 05-20-2013, 12:50 PM   #3
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And the remark will guarantee that the book will appear so fast on the torrents that it will make King's head spin.
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Old 05-20-2013, 12:54 PM   #4
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I'll be giving the book a miss.
Agreed. I won't pirate the book, but I won't purchase it either. I'll find something else to read.
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Old 05-20-2013, 01:00 PM   #5
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let people stir their sticks and go to an actual bookstore rather than a digital one
What does he mean by "stir their sticks"?
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Old 05-20-2013, 01:05 PM   #6
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Oh, look at this:

http://www.vulture.com/2013/05/steph...new-novel.html

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Does King count Amazon as an "actual bookstore," though? Because Joyland is available for pre-order there. Also: What does "stir their sticks" mean?
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Old 05-20-2013, 01:08 PM   #7
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I honestly don't think King really cares at this point. He could publish his book using monkey's blood on vellum made from the scrotums of albino wombats and it probably wouldn't hurt his sales. He's released ebooks in the past (including an ebook-only story) and I'm sure he'll release more in the future. I don't think his little "pulp experiment" should be construed as any kind of broad condemnation of ebooks altogether.
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Old 05-20-2013, 01:09 PM   #8
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It may be an idiomatic reference to 'stirring the pot,' which means to create tension and/or drama.

I'll buy the book: You betcha, Billy-Bob!




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Old 05-20-2013, 01:11 PM   #9
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I honestly don't think King really cares at this point. He could publish his book using monkey's blood on vellum made from the scrotums of albino wombats and it probably wouldn't hurt his sales. He's released ebooks in the past (including an ebook-only story) and I'm sure he'll release more in the future. I don't think his little "pulp experiment" should be construed as any kind of broad condemnation of ebooks altogether.

I have that one on order!



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Old 05-20-2013, 01:13 PM   #10
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He could publish his book using monkey's blood on vellum...
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Old 05-20-2013, 01:15 PM   #11
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Being fabulously rich (AKA not really needing the money at all) means he can pull stunts like this at a whim.

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Old 05-20-2013, 01:18 PM   #12
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I don't think his little "pulp experiment" should be construed as any kind of broad condemnation of ebooks altogether.
I don't think that either. I don't buy fiction books in physical format any more. I purchase them all as ebooks. Since he has chosen to not publish Joyland in ebook format (which he has every right to do) I will not be reading it. As I said earlier, I won't pirate the book, I'll just find something else to read.
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Old 05-20-2013, 01:24 PM   #13
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What does he mean by "stir their sticks"?
Walk!

Use their legs!
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Old 05-20-2013, 01:34 PM   #14
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Ditto. That arrogant comment alone will prevent me from purchasing.
His comment is not nearly as arrogant as yours. He *wrote* the book; he can do whatever he wants with it. He doesn't have to answer to you or to any other self appointed internet guardians of authorial hubris.

I probably won't buy it either, but I don't feel like he or anyone else has to cater to my whims.
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I probably won't buy it either, but I don't feel like he or anyone else has to cater to my whims.
While Mr. King can indeed do whatever he wants with his book, the same freedom of choice applies to Skydog, would you agree?

Skydog can do whatever he wants with his money.

When a book is offered for sale, those "whims" become customer demands or expectations, conditions for sale.
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