Pirated eBook Versions of 'Joyland' Appear Online
Piracy of one sort or another is not a new thing for users of the Internet, so it isn't much of a surprise that Stephen King's new book, Joyland, is already making the rounds in electronic form. And it's only a few weeks since it was revealed Joyland would only be released in pulp paperback format.
Charles Ardai, publisher at Hard Case Crime, released a statement from which this is an extract:
In the end you have to rely on the good behavior of the vast majority of the audience — I see no reason to think that pirates represent more than a small fraction of all consumers. That doesn’t mean we don’t care about piracy — we do. But it’s just one of the many punches you have to learn to roll with in the rough-and-tumble world of modern publishing.
Ardai noted that the Harry Potter books were similarly pirated when each one came out. King's previous statement seemed to be pushing people to go buy from a physical bookstore:
"I have no plans for a digital version," Mr. King said. "Maybe at some point, but in the meantime, let people stir their sticks and go to an actual bookstore rather than a digital one."
According to the article, a lot of so-called copies that are being found on the interwebs aren't kosher, anyway — they're just fronts for Malware or other malicious content. Nice. But hey, I guess if you're willing to download a pirated copy, that's the risk you're prepared to take. Was King right to limit publication to paperback at this point? Well, maybe — I see what he's trying to do, it just seems a little odd in light of his previous dabblings in eBooks...
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