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Stephen King Goes Against E-Books, Not Publishing Next Novel Electronically

Though Stephen King was one of the first authors to ever offer an e-book, he now seems to be against it, as he has announced his next book will not be published digitally.

King said he hopes his fans will enjoy reading 'Joyland' in print form so it will give a boost to booksellers who are struggling to compete with e-books.

"I have no plans for a digital version," he 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."

Many booksellers have had a drop in visitors as e-books continue to rise in popularity.

His latest book, set in a North Carolina amusement park, is predicted to be a bestseller.

King's recent decision to not have it published in e-book form comes at a time when e-book sales are at an all-time high, as 457 million were sold last year.

They generated $3 billion in revenue, an increase of 44 percent from 2011.

When e-books first hit the market, he was one of the first to publish his work on it in 2000. 

He made his 16,000 word ghost story Riding the Bullet only available as an e-book.

He has released three other stories as Kindle Singles, including non-fiction essay Guns.

King's prequel to The Shining is expected to come out this fall, and it is not known if he will allow it to be published in e-book form.

Sources: Daily Mail, WSJ


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