From the Amazon Press Conference:
I have mixed feelings about this:Stephen King said:10:35AM "I got a call from my agent, he asked me if I would be interested in writing a story for the new Kindle... and I said, gee, I don't think so. I don't write stories on demand."
10:36AM "I've been a Kindle user, I don't read everything on it, but I read a lot on it. I subscribe to Slate, I can change the font size -- when I said no, I thought 'You're a real ass -- you could have gotten a new Kindle!'"
10:38AM "So I was thinking about it, and I got a scene in my head -- it's about a young man who teaches english, he's reading a copy of Deliverance, and his girlfriend is upset, but he's ignoring her, finally she blows up and says 'Why can't you read off the computer like the rest of us?!' and I wanted to write that scene..."
10:39AM "The call came in January, and I started the story two days before Obama was inaugurated... and I did get a new Kindle out of it. I said, don't you think I should have one for research?"
- Price: $2.99. Can't beat that.
- Kindle Exclusive: How cool is that? It shows that the K has truly arrived!
- Seems like the ultimate cash-out whore job: King openly admitted he wrote this just to get a Kindle 2. I don't blame him - I'd have done the same - but still.
- Sounds terrible (IMO): Yeah, it's about the K, which is cool. Otherwise, ehhhh.
ADDED 2/10: Oh, what the heck... You guys have convinced me. For $3, I'll give UR a shot. It sounds so completely, utterly absurd that I know I'll at least be amused while reading it.