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Initial post: Nov 10, 2012 8:05:40 AM PST
Angie49 says:
I have been seeing the Kindle Serials and am interested in perhaps starting one. However, the one I'm looking at says that it currently contains three episodes out of a total of six and that new episodes will be delivered every month.

Does this mean that if I order it now, I get all three available episodes at once and then the other three as they come out? Or do I get six episodes delivered over the course of six months?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 8:46:54 AM PST
B. Marks says:
You get the 3 that are already available at once and the rest will come to you as they become available.

I think the serials are a nice idea but I don't think Amazon is doing them very well. A month is a long time to wait, although I can understand that the author might need that much time to create the next part. And I do like the idea that they're being written as we read them so this is probably something we'll have to live with.

However, in a month I've forgotten enough detail that it's hard to pick up the next part and really feel involved in the story. What I think is needed is a summary at the start of each episode of what's gone on till now.

When you buy the book you also get a link to the forum created just for that book and I made a comment about this in that forum for the serial I'm reading, "Hacker Mom". The author agreed and posted a summary on her Facebook page when the next episode came out. That helped. Xray also helps.

I think if Amazon begins to pay attention to the serial idea and fine tune it to make it a bit more attractive it'll turn into a very nice thing. As it is now, it's still worthwhile but it's a bit rough around the edges.

They also don't have much of a selection yet. I picked this book, not because I expected to enjoy it but because it was the only one that seemed faintly readable while I tried out serials. As it turns out I am enjoying it. It's a fun story and nicely written.

I also bought "Oliver Twist" but that was a mistake since I'm reading a full book and one serial already and a third book is a bit much for me to read at once, however I'll probably go ahead and finish it down the road. I've never read a Dickens book before although I've seen a lot of movies made from them. I was suprised by his mildly funny caustic atitude. Kind of a nice gentle cynicism that's a real treat.


Posted on Nov 10, 2012 10:09:40 AM PST
Angie49 says:
Thanks Barry, that's kind of what I thought. I think that I'd prefer not to get all three books at once. After all, isn't that why you're buying a serial in the first place? However, your point about forgetting the story line is probably true. Thanks for your insights, they are very helpful.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 5:35:59 PM PST
saraf says:
Then only read one chapter a week. Problem solved. Instant serial.

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 6:00:59 PM PST

I'm reading 2 serials (Oliver Twist and 9th Circle) and the episodes for those come between 1-2 weeks apart on each. If I forget what happened, reading the last page or 2 usually is enough for me to go, 'Oh yeah, that's where it left off'.

I'm also reading another full book at the same time, which is my main reading while waiting for the serial episodes. Since they are usually about 2 chapters, you can read a serial episode in a sitting.

I wouldn't like to wait a month either, but I guess that serial author is a slow writer?
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