Dear Stephen King,
Yes, you read that right.
You have apparently decided only you know what’s best for your readers, so you’ve decided to indefinitely put off releasing an e-book version of Joyland. Who gives a shit if we really WANT the e-book version, you make more than enough money you don’t care if you’re basically taking a huge dump on a large number of people who’ve faithfully bought books over the years.
You know what, Stephen King? Some of us have come to PREFER e-books over paperbooks for a variety of reasons, the least not being the unsustainable and completely wasteful traditional book publisher distribution mode, where books are basically sold on consignment to bookstores and unsold books are shredded.
Some people don’t live near bookstores and will order from Amazon in print — how’s THAT helping them get into a local bookstore?
In my case, it’s too little house and too many books. I have to downsize. E-books means I can forever keep my “keeper library” and NEVER have to get rid of another book. EVER.
Well, except for Joyland, because apparently I won’t be buying it.
So you know what? I guess I’m just not reading this one, unless I happen to make it to the local library (which is, frankly, a pain in the ass and I rarely go) or put it on my wishlist on PaperbackSwap.com and wait to see if it ever comes available that way. I’m sure I’m not the only person who will take this path.
Unless, of course, you change your mind and choose to put it out in e-book format.
Instead of making a sale to a willing reader, you’ve lost a sale. I would have gladly paid, even horribly overpriced the way traditional publishers are screwing readers, for an e-book version. (No, I will NOT download a pirated copy.)
And, oh yeah, if you think print-only will discourage pirates, ask J.K. Rowling how that worked for her. The Harry Potter series was heavily pirated before she finally agreed to have it put into e-book format.
(A really pissed-off reader who doesn’t like one of her favorite authors treating her like crap.)