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Old 05-22-2013, 05:10 AM   #61
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I'll be giving the book a miss.
That book will be scanned and upload in ebook format the same day it's published so his "stand" will be for naught - that's if the ARC isn't already floating around.

He just bought himself some free publicity with this latest publishing stunt of his, not to mention a bunch of ill-will from folks who've taken exception to his phrasing.

I don't read him, so how he chooses to publish his books is immaterial to me.
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Old 05-22-2013, 08:16 AM   #62
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Stephen King is a known pioneer and supporter of the ebook format. Please don't assume malice for what is meant as whimsy.
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Old 05-22-2013, 09:42 AM   #63
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Stephen King is a known pioneer and supporter of the ebook format. Please don't assume malice for what is meant as whimsy.
Agreed. I've already pre-ordered it on audiobook via Audible.
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Old 05-22-2013, 09:57 AM   #64
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He is an arse of that there is not much doubt, but it is in keeping with his living out in BF nowhere Maine life and upbringing. This is just how they are up there...
Proud native Mainer here. Wow. "That is just how they are up there..." Really??? The ignorance is utterly breathtaking. As Ron Burgundy would say: "That's amazing. I'm not even mad."

Rkw, you are a small-minded jackass. Of that there seems to be NO doubt.
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:03 AM   #65
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Old 05-22-2013, 12:48 PM   #66
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Doesn't King own a Kindle himself?
They gave him a pink one when they released Ur as a Kindle exclusive.

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Old 05-22-2013, 01:19 PM   #67
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Curious. Since the only "book club" I still belong to is the Stephan King Library, and they just automatically send me his books when they come out, I'll likely still get it. But they always send hardcovers, curious if I'll get a hardcover "Book Club" edition or an actual paperback.
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Old 05-22-2013, 01:24 PM   #68
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Stephen King with a pink kindle!! Too funny...

I might be changing my opinion on this subject. I don't know. I really like the hard case crime books and Stephen King books, so I may get the paper book or at least borrow it from the library. As long as the print is readable, it should be alright. I just can't read that teeny tiny print in paper books anymore is my problem.
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Old 05-22-2013, 01:25 PM   #69
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Curious. Since the only "book club" I still belong to is the Stephan King Library, and they just automatically send me his books when they come out, I'll likely still get it. But they always send hardcovers, curious if I'll get a hardcover "Book Club" edition or an actual paperback.
What did they do for his previous Hard Case Crime release (The Colorado Kid)? I'd think this would be the same.



Technically there is a hardcover of Joyland, but it's very limited (actually I see now that it's sold out already)...
http://titanbooks.com/blog/limited-e...now-available/

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I don't get when authors make it harder for people to buy their books. Sure, I get when exclusive deals are made, but when you have a growing audience as you do with ebooks, why wouldn't you produce the product readers want??? I suppose he doesn't need the money.
No, he surely doesn't need the cash, but diva stuff like this irks me. I see a lot of concerts (or used to prior to becoming a father of twins...), and you see this in musicians as well. Respecting your fans, and catering to their wishes, are very sympathetic traits for artists. On the one hand you have people like Axl Rose and Noel Gallagher, who constantly pull stuff like showing up three hours late, walking off stage for no reason, dressing down their technicians on mike and so on. They are effectively giving the one-finger salute to all supporters, as they destroy the live experience.

On the other hand you have bands like U2, who have clauses in their concert contracts that regular tickets should not cost above a certain low-ish price, because they want the gig to be affordable to all fans. They know that the fans made them what they are, and treat them respectfully and sensibly.

That said, I don't really think Mr. King belongs to the former variety. He's more similar to Tom Waits, who's a nice guy, but somewhat eccentric. Tom Waits only do very small and infrequent gigs, for which tickets are almost impossible to get. Most of his fans will never see him live. It's not to spite anyone, it's just because he wants his gigs to be something special (I'm not a fan, but I've heard he's a brilliant live artist).

Stephen King does what he pleases, but likely not in spite. I *might* buy this book when it is published as an epub (I haven't read many of his latest ones, as I think he's declined lately), before that he can certainly have his eccentricity to himself as far as I'm concerned
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Old 05-22-2013, 08:30 PM   #71
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His book, his choice.

I think it's a bad decision because it merely ensures that everyone who reads it electronically will be pirates, but it's his to make.
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If I was a fan of Stephen King, I would probably be disappointed that he is not releasing his latest book in eformat. Would that stop me buying it?? That would depend on the font size of the pbooks. If the font was in a size that I could comfortably read, I would buy it if I wanted to read it. However, since I am not a King fan, the point is probably moot.
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Ugh, I am not surprised he is making a face....that's a hideous colour
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Old 05-23-2013, 03:02 AM   #74
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While I don't know Mr. King or his unadapted work intimately (since I often find him almost unreadable), I believe the face he's making is intended to be a tactful smile. His is, after all, a mug with character. It is evocative and can imply far more than it reveals.

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