In an effort to lose hearts and insult fans, Stephen King’s publisher, ScribnerÂ isÂ trying to blatantly manipulate his “constant readers” by withholding the release of the digital version of his new novel. The move is supposedÂ to force sales of the hardcover version (and profits…). Oh, and here’s the dumbest part of their plan:Â the digital version will cost theÂ same as the hardcover.
$35 for an eBook!Â
It’s surprising that King would be associated with this kind of outrightÂ banditry. After all, he’s been a driving force of eBooks since The Plant and unofficial spokes-scribe of Amazon’s Kindle with Ur. (I read Ur. An incredibly well written sales job, short on scares.)
Read the fullÂ story about King’s new 1,000-page-plus mega-work:Â Under the Dome at The Huffington Post. It’s just proof that fan loyalty andÂ customer service are secondary considerations to quarterly profits.
Now for the backlash from fans and boost in eBook Piracy…