The project to add X-Ray content to all Kindle editions has now finished with the successful completion of the material for the Armada Wars Books 1–3 Omnibus.
This was a hugely tedious undertaking as it involved copying entries across from the three individual novels contained within the omnibus, while being careful to avoid the inclusion of spoilers.
There are 110 character entries, and 260 terms. Phew!
As a result of this phase of the project, some new terms have been added into the X-Ray content for the three separate novels, and some definitions have been tidied up.
As before, to refresh your Kindle edition with the new X-Ray content you need to delete the file from your device and download it again (which costs nothing). The new content will come with it. If you buy the book new as of the time this post appears then you need do nothing else: you already have the X-Ray content.
New to the store! Signed copies of the Armada Wars: Books 1–3 Omnibus paperback, posters for Whom Gods Shall Fear, and the posters 1–5 value pack.
The poster value pack saves 25% over separate purchases! The signed copy of the Omnibus is being introduced with an early bird discount, and those of you with the special coupons from Armada Wars convention appearances can get an additional £5 off.
Over the past couple of weeks, the paperback editions have been quietly migrated from Createspace to Kindle Direct Publishing. This means faster and simpler delivery (now fulfilled by normal Amazon means), and full Prime availability. The opportunity was also taken to make some tiny tweaks to the content and covers.
Additionally, the paperback edition of the Armada Wars Books 1–3 Omnibus is now live on Amazon! This 3 lb monster of a book contains Steal from the Devil, List of the Dead, and The Ravening Deep, and comes with a cost saving of about 20% over the individual copies. The second omnibus will be printed to the same dimensions, for those of you who like your books to line up properly.
You asked, so here it comes! The paperback edition of the Books 1–3 Omnibus will be arriving on or before 1st March 2018, and it's a whopper!
The book is a large format 7x10" paperback, reducing the combined 1180 page count of the first three novels by almost half and coming in at 646 pages.
Like the Kindle version the omnibus paperback will come with a cost saving. The pricing is currently expected to be $30.99 in the USA, £22.99 in the UK, and €25.99 in Europe. This price point makes the print omnibus about 20% cheaper than buying individual paperback novels.
If you've already started collecting the novels in 5x8" paperback format, don't worry: they will of course continue. The second Omnibus, incorporating From Shattered Stars and Whom Gods Shall Fear, will also be released in 7x10" format. So whichever way you collect, your bookshelf will line up nicely!
As you might have heard, every Armada Wars novel available on the Kindle platform now has X-Ray content available. But what is it? And where?
Put simply, X-Ray content gives you a compact, dedicated database right alongside a Kindle book. It contains profiles for characters, significant terms, and definitions. It can add depth to the world of the book, provide you with a means of quickly refreshing your memory, and give you quick and simple explanations.
The X-Ray system can show you all the terms or characters on a page, or for the whole book, ordered alphabetically or by relevance. It also generates "notability" scores for some content, and it picks out passages which might be of particular interest.
All in all this is a feature that succeeds in combining functionality with entertainment, and when you're exploring an expansive and subtly detailed world like the Armadaverse it's an invaluable companion. It's available from the tool strip at the top of any Kindle's reading page, or in the book menu on mobile devices.
All the X-Ray content in the Armada Wars novels comes straight from the source, and it is designed to be consistent and spoiler-free. Due to the character limit for X-Ray entries there are of course much more extensive articles on this site: the web site's entry on the Rodori, for example, is vastly more interesting than the abbreviated version found in X-Ray. But the idea is to give you a quick summary of what a Rodori is, right while you're reading.
How to get the latest X-Ray content:
Simply delete the Armada Wars novels from your Kindle reading device/s, and then download them again. That's literally all there is to it!
Since it's now the final approach to the apocalyptic climax of The Great War of the Shaeld, Kindle prices for the current series have dropped a bit. It's a good time to get friends in on the action!
The older, shorter books are now priced lower than the newer, longer books. The new prices are as follows:
Steal from the Devil / List of the Dead
CAN: $3.99 CAD
AUS: $3.99 AUD
Kindle Matchbook price: Free
The Ravening Deep / From Shattered Stars
CAN: $4.99 CAD
AUS: $4.99 AUD
Kindle Matchbook price: 50% off
Armada Wars Books 1–3 Omnibus:
Typically 20% off the price of separate volumes, depending on Kindle region.
CAN: $7.99 CAD
AUS: $7.99 AUD
Prices correct as of 9th Jan 2018.
Kindle sales regions not mentioned above have prices which are adjusted according to local economy and historical sales figures — most are somewhat lower than the prices for regions providing the majority of sales.
Because the product details text on the Amazon pages need updating to take the new release date into account for From Shattered Stars, minor corrections are being uploaded to the existing Kindle eBooks at the same time. The paperback editions will be updated with the new interior content, none of which is incredibly compelling.
List of the Dead / Books 1–3 Omnibus (Both rev. 1.08)
From Shattered Stars (Rev. 1.08)
The Kindle update policy has changed, and existing customers will not receive updates for such trivial changes. The new Kindle versions will be available to new customers tomorrow, with the paperbacks expected to be updated by the day after.
Additionally, it has been discovered that links to Createspace stores now simply redirect to Amazon. Createspace links have therefore been removed from this site. If you don't use Amazon, you can buy signed paperbacks on the official store.
As mentioned yesterday on the Facebook page, there has been a universal update to all of the Armada Wars Kindle eBooks. The purpose of the update was to:
The new editions are a huge improvement over previous versions, and the eBooks have never looked so good. Read on to learn more!
The roadmap for The Great War of the Shaeld has now been updated to include the covers of From Shattered Stars and the two omnibus editions, as well as the placeholder for Whom Gods Shall Fear.
The recently announced updates to the existing Armada Wars Kindle eBook titles are all live.
The Ravening Deep has a minor plot-based correction, and quite a few tweaks for readability. Definitely worth getting! And if you own the Books 1–3 Omnibus, that volume contains the same changes.
Steal from the Devil and List of the Dead just have a few corrected typos and some cosmetic tweaks.
If your Kindle account doesn't have automatic updates turned on, details on how to obtain the updates can be found in the last section of the FAQ page.