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Richard Russo backs printed books

27th June 2012

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo has revealed that his latest book will only be available in printed form, as he bids to encourage more people to purchase physical works and help to support local bookstores.

The 62-year-old author, who scooped the Pulitzer in 2002 for the acclaimed novel Empire Falls, said that his new collection Interventions is 'a tribute to the printed book' and, as such, will not be made available for download.

Speaking to the Associated Press, Russo acknowledged that ebooks have changed the way that people purchase and interact with books for the better, but noted that there will always be a place for a printed work to sit on a bookshelf.

Interventions is a collaboration between Russo, his artist daughter Kate and her designer husband Tom, comprising three short stories and a novella packaged in a slip case.

Russo noted that that the aesthetic appeal of the collection is something that an ebook is unable to offer, adding that it is the kind of thing that attracts people to bookshop windows.

'Readers can't survive on ebooks alone. I want to promote the idea of buying locally,' the author added.

He is not the first influential writer to follow this course of action, with Stephen King last month announcing that his new horror novel Joyland will only be available in printed form for the time being.

The 64-year-old author, who has sold 400 million books worldwide and helped to pioneer the idea of downloadable fiction by releasing Riding the Bullet online in 2000, said he wanted his readers to recapture the thrill of holding a physical copy of a new book.

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