02. November 2010

Stephen King earns $80K for Kindle exclusive e-novella “Ur”

Stephen King might be called an early adopter if it comes to digital publishing and e-books. As early as March 2000 King published the story “Riding the Bullet” as an e-book that could be downloaded from the Web onto hand-held devices or computers.

When the second generation of Amazon’s Kindle went on sale in February 2009, King wrote the novella “Ur” exclusively the Kindle platform.

So far “Ur” earned him $80.000 for a work of three days, as he points out: “I didn’t do ‘Ur’ for money. I did it because it was interesting. [...] It took three days, and I’ve made about $80,000. You can’t get that for short fiction from Playboy or anybody else. It’s ridiculous.”

Asked if e-books will change our reading experience, he said “I think it changes the reading experience, that it’s a little more ephemeral. [...] I downloaded one 700-page book onto my Kindle that I was using for research. It didn’t have an index, but I was able to search by key words. And that’s something no physical book can do.”

But he also points out, that he himself is a fan of physical books, and even if he buys an e-book he would also buy the physical version to put it in the shelf. Well that sounds a bit like nostalgia to me, you can not expect people who did grow up with physical books to abandon them that soon. But that would be totally different with younger generations.

Despite being a fan of paper books, Kind admits, that nearly half of the books he read are digital by now.

via [ Wall Street Journal ]

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