You may or may not remember that Stephen King was the author who released the first ever mass market e-book. That was just 8 years ago in 2000. His book, Riding the Bullet, was downloaded by half a million readers in a couple of days. He followed that up by releasing, in installments, another book -- and letting his readers pay for each installment on the honor system.
Now he’s releasing a new horror novella exclusively for the new Kindle.
King definitely believes in e-books. And, according to The Guardian, he doesn’t believe they will bring about the downfall of the publishing world.
"People when they want music, they have a tendency to be selective, and they can be – take a song like Money for Nothing by Dire Straits – you can pull it out of the album, it's eight-and-a-half minutes long. [But] when you talk about a book you have to have the whole thing, so it seems to me there is a much more level playing field. Yes, mp3s and iTunes kind of destroyed the CD industry because nobody is going to buy the whole if you can just get a part that stands on its own, but you can't do that with books – you've got to have the whole thing."