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Pirated eBook Copies of Stephen King’s ‘Joyland’ Circulate

We have learned that pirated eBooks copies of Stephen King‘s print-only Joyland are circulating online.

UPDATE: Hard Case Crime publisher Charles Ardai sent us this statement:

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.

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Stephen King eBook Features Soundtrack by John Mellencamp & T Bone Burnett

Stephen King has teamed up with musicians John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett for a new supernatural digital book musical called Ghost Brothers of Darkland County.

The multimedia gothic story, which comes out on June 3rd from Hear Music/Concord Music Group, will take the form of an illustrated digital book that was created specifically for Apple’s iBooks. The work includes a story by King, original songs and lyrics by Mellencamp, along with interactive video, sound effects and a full soundtrack with recordings by many other artists.

Here is more about the project from the press release:

The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County saga began when Mellencamp told King about a cabin on his land in Indiana where two brothers had gotten in a fight over a girl; one brother accidentally killing the other, only to die along with the girl in a car crash a short time later. King came up with an outline for a play in a matter of days. And then off and on, back and forth, they began to develop it into a full-length musical.

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Is Amazon Singles’ The New Place To Break Into Literary World?

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In a profile with The New York TimesDavid Blum a New York media veteran who is now heading up Amazon’s Kindle Singles division says that Amazon is bold for creating a business model which pays writers based on sales. And the service does. Authors are paid 70 percent of all sales through the store, Amazon takes 30 percent.

Kindle Singles is designed as a place where journalists and authors can publish works that are longer than your typical magazine article but shorter than a book. This includes essays, novellas and long form stories. The format has attracted the likes of Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, and Lee Child, among many others.

The New York Times points out that the business is profitable, having sold five million copies since it launched in January 2011. The Times even asserts, “…the program is as much about gaining entree into the literary world as it is about revenue.” Do you agree?

Stephen King Releases Essay on Guns Via Kindle

Author Stephen King has penned an essay about guns called Guns, and he has released it as an eBook through Amazon’s Kindle Singles Store.

“I think the issue of an America awash in guns is one every citizen has to think about,” explained King in a statement. “If this helps provoke constructive debate, I’ve done my job. Once I finished writing ‘Guns’ I wanted it published quickly, and Kindle Singles provided an excellent fit.”

The title is available for $.99. Here is more about the essay from its listing in the Kindle Store: “ Anger and grief in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School are palpable in this urgent piece of writing, but no less remarkable are King’s keen thoughtfulness and composure as he explores the contours of the gun-control issue and constructs his argument for what can and should be done.”

Stephen King Audiobook Pre-Orders Use New Social Network Tool

Novelist Stephen King has narrated his first full audiobook since he recorded On Writing, the audiobook for his 2000 memoir and writing handbook.

His publisher is using the Pop-up SocialStore app from Moontoast to host pre-orders for the The Wind Through The Keyhole audiobook. King has also recorded the Bag of Bones audiobook and sections of Hearts in Atlantis and Just After audibooks.

Here’s more about the Moontoast tool: “The Popup Store can be used as a button or attached to any image so that, when clicked, a secure checkout appears overlaying the page. Popup Stores are perfect for splash or landing pages where you are offering only a few products for a special promotion.”

Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine Now Available On Kindle

Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine, a literary magazine dedicated to the genre that opened its doors in 1949, is now available exclusively in the Kindle Store. Amazon is giving away a free subscription to the digest edition of the bimonthly magazine.

The magazine is the original publisher of classics by a variety of authors including Stephen King, Daniel Keyes and Kurt Vonnegut. Fantasy & Science Fiction even counts author Stephen King as a fan. According to the Amazon press release, King stated: “This is the best fiction magazine in America. Kindle readers are in luck.”

A subscription to the extended edition of the magazine is available for $12 a year and includes everything in the digest edition as well as additional short stories and novelettes. Individual issues of the extended edition are available for $2.99.

Simon & Schuster Has New Social Media App

Publisher Simon & Schuster has a new Facebook app called Book Battle. Using the app, fans can vote on their favorite book preferences in a series of literary “match-ups.”

The match-ups pit two literary topics against each other in a slideshow format and you can vote on which you prefer: Chick lit or horror books, Stephen King‘s Under The Dome or Duma Key.

The inaugural match-up is Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments versus the author’s Infernal Devices series. Fans can vote for their favorite book, favorite character and answer which character they would most like to take to the prom.

Barnes & Noble Introduces NOOKbooks En Español

Barnes and Noble is opening a new Spanish language eBook store in the United States called NOOKbooks en español.

NOOKbooks en español includes digital books from well-known Spanish language authors such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Santiago Roncagliolo and Isabel Allende. The store also has translated works and includes the Spanish language versions of work from Stephen King, Ken Follett and Mark Twain.

Patricia Arancibia, International Content Manager, Digital Products at Barnes & Noble, had this statement: “For the first time ever, NOOKbooks en español enables Spanish speakers in the U.S., and those interested in learning and reading in Spanish, to get Spanish-language new releases, bestsellers, and classics in a digital format.”

Via Paul K Biba.