Stephen King refuses ebook format for latest novel

New book to remain ink and paper purchase

Stephen King has bought up the digital rights to his latest novel specifically to prevent an ebook version being produced

If there's one man in the publishing world to whom the rules don't apply, that man would be Stephen King.

The US author has been topping the bestseller lists for decades and has revealed that his latest novel, Joyland, won't be making the move to your Kindle Paperwhite or Kobo Aura HD anytime soon.

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."

Interestingly, Stephen King was one of the first authors to embrace the digital format when he chose to publish his Riding the Bullet novel as an ebook exclusive.

Rather than alienate techy readers, the move could simply be aimed at supporting local bookstores. Either way, with over 350 million books sold, King doesn't need to court the market.

Joyland will be published on June 4th in the United States by independent publisher Hard Case Crime - it arrives here on June 7th in paperback form.

King fans will also be happy to know the author has penned a sequel to his seminal novel The Shining. It's called Doctor Sleep and should hit physical and virtual bookstores on September 24th.

Source: Wall Street Journal