One of the most prolific and popular novelists of our time has opted to produce his latest novel, Joyland, in paperback format only. This is just the latest shot in an ongoing battle between physical books and eBooks. Stephen King has come down on both sides of the fight.
In 2010, he argued that it’s the story, not the method of delivery that matters. You can see his opinion in this 2010 video on CNN. 2010 – Stephen King Speaks in Favor of eBooks (Link to Video on CNN Money)
In 2013, he hearkens back to a vintage era and is going old-style, paperback only. See an article about this here.
We have had a Kindle in our house since 2009, and I rarely read in any other format these days. Stephen King argues that he wants to support the independent bookstore with this new release, and I admire the sentiment.
Our house is split. My husband says he will read it in paperback. I have mixed emotions. I have so many books, and am such a voracious reader, I don’t want any more paperbacks in the house. On the flip side, I am considering uploading No Strings Attached to Create Space to make physical books available, because several of my family and friends don’t like eBooks.
What do you think? If you are a Stephen King fan, will you buy his new book in paperback?
Comments are welcome.