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Stephen King complaint spurs newspaper subscription device



PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – A Maine newspaper that horrified the writer Stephen King by releasing his local book review was used his complaint to increase digital subscriptions.

On Friday, King, who lives in Bangor, complained about Portland Press Herald's decision to stop publishing freelance reviews of Maine books or written by Maine authors, and urged his 5.1 million Twitter followers to retweet their message.

The paper replied by promising to resume local book reviews if 100 of the king's supporters bought digital subscriptions to the magazine. It reached that goal late on Saturday morning.

In a tweet that announced the subscriptions, the magazine said, "You are all the best readers anywhere. Sincerely," and "We love you Maine. We love you journalists."

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