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DiO'Bolic

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Why do all King novels now indicate “A Novel” under the title? Do the publishers think we’re not smart enough to know a book (with pages, words, and all), that includes a title and an author’s name, is a novel? Or is it some silly legal thing to keep King and the publisher from being sued by people who think they might be buying a burrito?
 

RichardX

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Why do all King novels now indicate “A Novel” under the title? Do the publishers think we’re not smart enough to know a book (with pages, words, and all), that includes a title and an author’s name, is a novel? Or is it some silly legal thing to keep King and the publisher from being sued by people who think they might be buying a burrito?

That's a particularly good question since I'm not sure this one even technically qualifies as a "novel." My understanding is that it is very short. More a "novella" or short story on steroids as potentially boosted in length by double spacing and blank pages between chapters. Gwendy's, for example, is listed at 175 pages and this one at 144.
 

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Why do all King novels now indicate “A Novel” under the title? Do the publishers think we’re not smart enough to know a book (with pages, words, and all), that includes a title and an author’s name, is a novel? Or is it some silly legal thing to keep King and the publisher from being sued by people who think they might be buying a burrito?
It's not just Steve's books as I've seen it on other authors' books as well but I don't know the "why" publishers are now adding that.
 

Coolallosaurus

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So exciting to see the new cover. The art has a more cosmic Under the Dome vibe. very cool!
From what I know, adding "A Novel" to the cover is another way to make classification and shelving easier in book stores (distinguishes fiction from non-fiction), but SK's choice to call a novella-length work a novel is really interesting. Perhaps the book's release in October will provide more insight.
 

kingricefan

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Jul 11, 2006
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Why do all King novels now indicate “A Novel” under the title? Do the publishers think we’re not smart enough to know a book (with pages, words, and all), that includes a title and an author’s name, is a novel? Or is it some silly legal thing to keep King and the publisher from being sued by people who think they might be buying a burrito?
It's even included in the bestsellers listings in the Sunday paper. They will have the title of the book followed by the words A Novel. Yes, we've really been 'dumbed down' now.....:p
 

Wayoftheredpanda

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Why do all King novels now indicate “A Novel” under the title? Do the publishers think we’re not smart enough to know a book (with pages, words, and all), that includes a title and an author’s name, is a novel? Or is it some silly legal thing to keep King and the publisher from being sued by people who think they might be buying a burrito?
Probably so people know it isn't nonfiction or biography or what not.