Stephen King's new novel won't be available as an e-book... at least, not legallyS

Stephen King was a pioneer of electronic publishing. He serialized his novel The Plant online, and his novel Riding the Bullet was one of the first mass-market e-books. So it's kind of fascinating that he's turning away from e-books now that they've finally become ubiquitous. His next novel, the supernatural mystery Joyland, will only be available as a paperback at first, with no electronic edition until some point later on.

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Joyland is coming out from Titan Books' pulpy Hard Case Crime imprint, and King is keen for people to experience it in the proper paperback format:

I love crime, I love mysteries, and I love ghosts. That combo made Hard Case Crime the perfect venue for this book, which is one of my favourites. I also loved the paperbacks I grew up with as a kid, and for that reason, we're going to hold off on e-publishing this one for the time being.

You could argue that the latter-day equivalent of those pulpy paperbacks actually is the e-book, especially when so many "guilty pleasures" books are becoming hits on the Kindle first and then later crossing over to print. So this is a weirdly retrograde decision on King's part — and no doubt means that badly OCR-ed electronic copies will be all over the net the day after the paperback comes out.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Joyland is about

a college student who visits a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, only to confront "the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever".