Stephen King Refuses E-book Format: I’ll Read J. A. Konrath Instead

When I read that Stephen King is refusing to release his next book in e-book format, I did a search to make sure I hadn’t missed something. I thought surely this must be a mistake. However, I have two links and it’s evident King is serious about this.

I wonder if this is for publicity. I wonder if this is something personal to him. I always thought that the print books I was in would always remain print books and I took a silent pride in that. But when they all started being released in digital format, I realized there was nothing I could do about it. I didn’t like it, but I’ve learned to live with it.

However, I’ve also made the switch to e-books completely. I didn’t spend all that money on Kobo e-readers, a tablet, and a mini-iPad to sit and hold print books again. I’m just as likely to read a book now on my iPhone as I am on my e-reading devices. King doesn’t seem to think this is a factor…or he doesn’t care that he’s insulting so many readers like me.

King has reportedly gone out of his way to buy up the all the digital rights to the novel in order to prevent it being distributed as an ebook.

“I have no plans for a digital version,” King told the Wall Street Journal.

“Maybe at some point, but in the meantime, let people stir their sticks and go to an actual bookstore rather than a digital one.”

Ha! Fat chance I’ll be doing THAT. You can take the stick, stir it, and shove it. And even if I did buckle to this kind of intimidation from an author, we only have one brick and mortar bookstore left around here and it’s in a tourist section of town which means I would have to pay ten dollars to park just to buy King’s book in print version. If I drove to a mall, which I don’t have time to do, it would cost me another ten dollars in gas just to read King’s print book.

I think I’ll stick with J. A. Konrath’s digital books for now and pass on Stephen King’s new book until he releases it in digital. What he’s failing to realize is that he may be able to intimidate readers this way in the mainstream to sell enough books right now. A lot of people haven’t made the complete switch to digital books. But he won’t be able to intimidate readers like me who have switched to digital books with this tactic, not now…or in the future.

Those of us who read digital only do not screw around.

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The Perfect Example of Subjective…And an Idiot

In the post before this, I talked about how writing is so subjective. And this afternoon while I was lurking around the Interwebs I saw something classic.

I went to a blog I don’t usually frequent, for reasons you’ll understand by the time this post is finished. The author was ranting about other poorly written author blogs…in a general sense…and how the authors who maintain these blogs confuse people with too much information and clutter. I’m not joking either. This was a full fledged rant and my jaw was on the keyboard.

This is something I would never do, and most bloggers I know wouldn’t do it either. I got to know a lot of bloggers when I worked for and I grew to respect them all. Blogs are personal online publications that, in a sense, reflect our individual personalities. And they are free!! When I go to a blog, it’s almost like being invited into someone’s home; I’m a guest. This is how personal the experience is…for me. And no one with any amount of decency would criticize someone’s home.

I won’t go into detail about the rant. But what I found interesting while reading the author’s extremely negative post is that while this author/blogger was criticizing and ranting about everyone else’s blog, HER blog is published in beige on beige. The photo above is a good example. The background is beige, the print is beige, the post titles are beige, and I have a feeling this author’s life in general is pretty beige. The words blend into the background and all that beige is so difficult to read you can’t look at it for too long without blinking.

I’m really not dissing the author’s blog. I’m dissing the rant and calling attention to the irony. While this author is ranting about other blogs being too confusing and filled with clutter, HER blog is so beige it’s virtually impossible to read.

I’m also pointing out an example of subjectivity. I’m sure there are some people who love beige on beige blogs and they have no trouble reading them. I’m also sure there are just as many people who love loaded blogs, filled with all kinds of information that isn’t necessarly in detailed order (I do), and they become loyal followers. Blogging is a means of expression, not just a way to promote something. And I’ve always found the most successful bloggers are the people who know this and follow their hearts.