UR is a novella by Stephen King and was released strictly as an e-book in 2009. It has never been published as a paperback, although it was released as an audiobook a year after publication.
As you might be able to tell by the front cover, UR is about e-readers, or a pink Kindle in particular. With the stinging words of his ex-girlfriend in his ears: "why can't you just read off the computer like the rest of us?" Wesley decides to leave the comfort zone of paper and books and enter the world of e-readers.
He orders a Kindle through Amazon and is surprised when he receives a pink one through the mail, when Kindles are usually white. However when he discovers additional works by notable authors that can't possibly exist - other than in an alternate universe - he is shocked. He also finds that he can access newspapers from the future and the past at a cost. Wesley peeks into the past but also learns there will be an accident in a few days and sets out to try and stop it.
UR is an interesting concept, and I loved the idea of discovering additional works from countless well-known authors, written in multiple universes where they had lived longer or been more prolific. It also makes me smile in appreciation of King's mastery to write a novella about an e-reader and never have it published in paperback. What a legend!
However the second half of the novella was a little reminiscent of the TV show Early Edition. All in all, an entertaining and easy read.
My rating = ***