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.
In the run-up to the delayed release of From Shattered Stars, many of you will no doubt be planning to re-read the first three books of the series. If you're reading on Kindle, or using the Kindle app on another device, then before you start you may wish to update to the latest versions.
Steal from the Devil and List of the Dead have only minor changes, however The Ravening Deep has some corrections which put right a very silly mistake that slipped into the battle for Ramm Stallahad.
During that fight, Admiral Betombe and his task force use their wormhole generators in a novel way, with the intention of making life difficult for the intruding Shaeld Hrathan fleet. The problem is... the way I originally wrote that scene, interdiction had already begun throughout the system. So all of the admiral's ships' GNGs should have stalled.
That sequence has now been fixed, and a number of other minor edits have been made to clarify sentences and paragraphs. The Books 1–3 Omnibus gets the same improvements, of course, as do the paperback versions. All volumes have also had their back matter updated to reflect the delayed release of FSS.
If you are uncertain about how to download the updated eBooks to your device, please refer to the final section of the FAQ page.
All the updates are now available for existing customers. You will know if you have the latest versions by checking the back matter — the release date given for From Shattered Stars will have changed to 2017.
The holidays are here, and throughout the festive season the following offers are available on the Kindle eBook editions of Armada Wars volumes:
The discounts apply from Christmas Day to midnight on New Year's Eve. The free offer on LOTD runs from Christmas day until 29th December 2016.
Don't forget that the books are also available on the Kindle Owners' Lending Library, as well as through Kindle Unlimited. So if you have either of those, you can read for free anyway.
As of 7th September 2016, the price of the Armada Wars Books 1–3 Omnibus is dropping on the Kindle platform.
If you're new to the series, this is by far the cheapest way to get the first three books in the Great War of the Shaeld series.
The new pricing structure means that you are effectively paying for books two and three, and getting the first book — Steal from the Devil — for nothing!
In the spirit of mutual support between indie authors, I've just uploaded new Kindle versions of all of the current Armada Wars volumes (including the Omnibus, which is sort of current because it's on preorder right now.)
What's different? They all now include a new section at the back called You May Also Like.
The first book to be added to this section is The Calypsis Project, by Canadian author Brittany M. Willows.
The Calypsis Project is the first volume in a duology (with the second part, TCP: Rebirth, due soon), and will also get an additional prequel volume, TCP: Pulse.
From today, anyone buying Kindle copies of SFTD, LOTD, TRD, or the current Omnibus will get the recommendation. Existing customers will find it appearing in their Kindle editions if they refresh on the next update I make (which will likely be the update to front/back matter when IDOD is released).
I know a lot of authors are reluctant to do things like this, because increased file size means reduced royalties. But really, what's a few pages in kilobytes? Also, you can offset this by using affiliate referral links. So literally everyone wins!
Come on indies, let's all work together here :D
Some more improvements to the site this week:
The web site has been lavished with attention this week. In the past day, the following changes have gone live:
See the post from the other day to read about the other changes made this week.
Just in time for holiday season, the first omnibus edition of the Armada Wars novels is now available to preorder for Kindle. The release date of July 1st is very likely to be brought forward into June (edit: release date was moved to 1st June 2016, and the omnibus is now available).
This omnibus contains volumes 1-3:
They are all the latest texts (which this week have also graced the individual Kindle editions, and the new paperbacks), and the SFTD version is the third edition.
It might seem weird having an omnibus of the first three books of a five book story, but it's simpler to have this now and later release a second omnibus of the last two books (and probably the novellas too). Kindle pricing and royalty structures sort of dictate it.
The book is almost 300,000 words long, so it's a whopper. The price of $9.99 USD (£6.99) represents a saving of about 15-18%, depending on what Kindle region you use.
In all likelihood this is of more use to your friends than it is to you, so do please share!
If however you have only bought the first book, it may still save you money if you buy this edition instead of getting the sequels separately... even if you dropped lucky with a freebie day or a countdown deal.