Stephen King to Pen Kindle Exclusive

Novel announced along with new version of e-reader today
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 9, 2009 11:51 AM CST
This photo released by Scribner shows Stephen King, author of "Just After Sunset." Amazon is expected to announce a new book from the author will be available on the Kindle reader only.   (AP Photo/Amy Guip,Scribner)
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(Newser) – may have written a new storyline into the publishing world: Along with today's announcement of a slimmer, faster (but still $359) Kindle reader, the online giant revealed that it has signed horror writer Stephen King to a deal for an exclusive e-book, reports the Wall Street Journal. King appeared at Amazon’s press conference today and read selections from the novel, titled Ur.

Signing a “name” author to provide a book available only through Kindle has been a concern to publishers since the device debuted last year. The Journal speculates that Ur—which features a Kindle-like device—could be published as a physical book at a later date.