PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – A Maine newspaper that horrified the author Stephen King by abandoning his review of local books review used his complaint to increase digital subscriptions.
King, who lives in Bangor, complained Friday about the Portland Press Herald's decision to stop publishing freelance written reviews of books on Maine or written by authors of Maine and invited his 5.1 million followers on Twitter to rewrite his message.
The newspaper responded by promising to restore local book reviews if 100 of King's followers bought digital subscriptions to the newspaper. He reached that goal late Saturday morning.
In a tweet announcing subscriptions, the newspaper said: "You all are the best readers everywhere, Best regards" and "We love you Maine, we love journalists, we love the newspapers".