Amazon OneLink is now being rolled out across the site. This system means that you only have to click one button to go and find a particular Armada Wars book on your local Amazon store — Amazon works out for itself what geographical region you are in, and routes you accordingly.
The system is being implemented for Kindle edition links, paperback links, and some audiobook links.
At the moment it's up and running for readers in the USA, the UK, and Canada. People from other regions can click the same link to use the Amazon.com site, or choose from the regional links which are still listed.
One known issue is that OneLink doesn't always register your region on the first click, and sends you to Amazon.com regardless of where you are. Subsequent clicks seem to be handled correctly. Presumably this is a bug that Amazon is working on already.
In addition to the previous update which enabled Apple Pay, SSL has now been turned on across the site. This means that all your browsing on the Armada Wars web site is secured by design, not just the shopping cart.
The home page has been streamlined to make it easier to focus on what matters to most visitors. The Chronology page has been moved from the Universe section to the Books section, which is a more fitting location for it.
Just a reminder that a new Audiobook status page was added recently. It will keep you abreast of which novels are available on Audible and iTunes, and which one is coming next.
The provisional release date of Christmas 2017 for Whom Gods Shall Fear has been moved, and the final book in this series is now intended to arrive in July 2018.
No doubt this will come as a disappointment to those of you who are itching for the climax of this story, but it needs to be done right. After all, WGSF is a massive book which involves lots of intersecting/colliding threads... December was perhaps a little optimistic!
Good news though: work is starting now on the audiobook of List of the Dead. Woohoo!
Now that the audiobook edition of Steal from the Devil has launched across all applicable retailers, there are some more details available on price and functionality!
The audiobook can be acquired through these routes:
Retailers set their own prices for the audiobooks, which they base on listening length and market factors.
The audiobook has been produced in line with the requirements for Whispersync for Voice and Immersion Reading, two features of the Kindle/Audible platforms. The former allows you to stop reading and start listening where you left off, or vice versa. The latter allows you to listen while the relevant text is actively highlighted, which is handy for language learners and non-native speakers.
Learn more about Whispersync and Immersion Reading.
It's here! The audiobook of Steal from the Devil is now available. Narrated by James Highfield, and weighing in at almost 9 hours, this is an all new way to experience the opening of the Armada Wars story.
The audiobook is available from Amazon/Audible, and from the iTunes/iBooks stores. See the book page for global links, or search on your local Amazon store or Apple device.
For your entertainment and information, here is the first 20 minutes of production audio from the audiobook conversion of Steal from the Devil. Personally I think James' performance is outstanding; by all means leave a comment with your views.
We're aware there are minor errors in the narration and these have been identified for correction as part of the normal process. The audio quality has been dropped slightly to enable use of the embedded player.
It's an exciting day in the Armadaverse.
A few hours ago, narrator auditions opened on the ACX platform for both Steal from the Devil and List of the Dead, the two Armada Wars books that are currently in print and on the Kindle store.
An invitation to audition was sent out to a shortlist of five professional and semi-professional ACX users, whose previous work demonstrates that they are well-suited to the task.
However the auditions are open to all, and it's entirely possible that someone might swoop in randomly and deliver something better.
So if you are willing and capable (and would like to become a part of the Armadaverse in a very real sense), get to ACX, locate the books, and download the audition scripts.
The ACX web site can be found here.