ON THE RECENT decision by Stephen King not to release his book Joyland in e-Book format is moronic. The snobbish and retrograde-thinking attitude portrayed misses the mark by a million miles. Colluding to preserve the perqs of outmoded sales practice is about as stupid as you can get.
But he has, here, forgotten the prime directive of business: Markets exist for the benefit of the buyer. Sellers who survive or thrive are those who best serve the needs, wants, desires, and dreams of the buyer. Those who eventually join other failures on Reagan’s Ash Heap are those who seek to bring the dead parrot back to life in order to help out cronies… not so much.
I admire King for his work ethic and his abilities as a storyteller, but I don’t really think he’s all that good a writer. He had his chance with me and I gave that book flying lessons. I’ll probably never give him another chance.
And, knowing he’s a knee-jerk leftist, it doesn’t really surprise me that he would take a decision and offer such a witless excuse for it. I’m sure it will hurt his sales. I’m equally as sure he’ll probably not notice — nor credit the correct reason for the lack.