One of the most financially successful authors in history, Stephen King, decided to make his new book, Joyland, available in print only. Joyland, which is a throwback to the pulp novels of mid-century, will have to be read on a page rather than on a screen.
In a press release, King said, “I loved the paperbacks I grew up with as a kid, and for that reason, we’re going to hold off on e-publishing this one for the time being. Joyland will be coming out in paperback, and folks who want to read it will have to buy the actual book.”
By confirming his decision as an aesthetic one, King has made the decision that reading the book as an actual paperback is key to his vision. Authors often take liberties with presentation of their work, some maximizing experimentation, while others don’t even bother to have chapter breaks.