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Tuesday, 14 March, 2000, 10:02 GMT
King's e-book goes online

King's e-book is a major boost for the e-publishing industry
Best-selling author Stephen King has released his latest horror story exclusively over the internet.

Fans can now browse through the first seven pages of Riding the Bullet online, and pay $2.50 (1.60) to download the full 66-page story onto a PC, laptop or hand-held computer.


Riding the Bullet is only available online
King, who has already written more than 30 best-sellers, said: "I'm curious to see what sort of response there is and whether or not this is the future".

The story, which King describes as "a ghost story in the grand manner", is published through Simon & Schuster Online. The company is currently offering an excerpt from the story on its website, together with links to half a dozen electronic book-sellers.

King wrote Riding the Bullet the while recuperating from near-fatal injuries after he was knocked down by a van last summer.

He has written several other works since then but this will be the first to go directly to readers electronically.

His involvement is expected to boost the growing e-publishing business, which threatens to undermine the traditional publishing industry.

Keith Loris of SoftLock.com, a company which provides technology facilities for booksellers to trade online, said King's release signalled "a trend of the future for publishing".

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