FAQ

 

Is A Life Spectacular a full-length novel?

Yes, it is. The paperback stands at just over 380 pages. So if you’re one of those people who tend to fall asleep after reading one page of a book, you’ll have more than a year’s worth of sleep-inducing bliss at your disposal. If you’re not, you’ll be glad you stayed awake for this one.

Where can I get hold of A Life Spectacular?

Ebook

Whether you have a Kindle, iPad, Nook, PC, smartphone, or any other compatible device from which you can download and read stuff – like ebooks – you can easily find best the fit for your device at https://www.books2read.com/b/alifespectacular, where you can click on the “Buy Now” button to see a list of leading online retailers.

Paperback

The retailers and distributors for the paperback version will be made available soon, so watch this space – just not the whole time, because it can get a bit tedious. The best way to be notified of the paperback’s release is to sign up for my mailing list, which will also notify you of upcoming releases – you can unsubscribe at any time. You can also follow me on Twitter @EatonKrone, but please don’t follow me home – I only have one cold beer left in the fridge, and it’s all mine.

Should I buy the ebook or the paperback?

It depends on your preferences.

Firstly, do you enjoy reading your books on an e-reader, or do you prefer the feel of a printed book in your hands? The latter is more expensive due to added printing, distribution and delivery costs, but if you’re a hardcore print fan, you’re probably used to paying a bit more for the ability to turn those pages one by one and adding some spilt coffee stains to personalise your copy.

Secondly, the layout differs somewhat. Depending on your device/service, the humorous side-notes in the ebook appear as numbered, clickable endnotes at the back of the book or as popups, whereas the paperback incorporates footnote symbols with the corresponding footnotes displayed at the bottom of the relevant page. The layout is also more simplistic in the ebook to ensure compatibility across services and devices, while the print version features headings and drop caps in a different font and style. So yes, story-wise the ebook and paperback are twins, but they’re not identical twins.

Thirdly, you’ll be able to read the ebook right after you’ve purchased it, whereas the paperback might take a few days for printing and delivery, depending on your location. But, once again, if you love print books, this shouldn’t be a problem.

Lastly, if you’re worried that you’ll limit my ability to add an extra topping on my next pizza by going with either an ebook or a paperback, let me put your mind at ease: after deductions, I earn roughly the same for both formats. So, whether you go for the ebook or paperback, I’m getting extra mushrooms, come hell or high water.

I don’t have an e-reader, so how do I read the ebook?

Most tablets, PCs and phones will have their own apps (like the Books app on Apple) or stores (e.g. Apple App Store, Google Play Store, Windows Store) through which you can search and download a free Kindle, Nook or Kobo app. This allows you to buy the ebook from online retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo – some of them (like Amazon) give you the option to download the relevant app before you buy the book, which will then be downloaded to that app after purchase.

I have an iPhone/iPad/Mac, but the ebook isn’t available for purchase from the iTunes store in my country/region. How do I get hold of it?

The easiest way is to try another service such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Kobo (see available channels at https://www.books2read.com/b/alifespectacular). You can download the applicable Kindle, Nook or Kobo app (depending on your preference and/or app availability) for your device, either along with your purchase or beforehand via your device’s store. You should then be able to acquire the ebook from just about anywhere these services are available.

The book I want is not available at one/any of the listed retailers? What should I do?

The best way of finding the book is via https://www.books2read.com/b/alifespectacular, which will take you to the correct page on your preferred retailer’s website. However, if you’re still experiencing problems finding the book, just leave a comment on the Contact page of this website and include the name(s) of the retailer(s) you’re having problems with. I’ll sort it out and get back to you as soon as I can.

My preferred online retailer is not on the list of retailers? Can you add it?

If your preferred retailer isn’t listed here, simply leave a comment on the Contact page of this website, stating which retailer you’d like me to add. I’ll definitely consider adding retailers that are viable and available through my ebook distribution service provider.

I’ve read a sample of the book on a retailer’s website, but I couldn’t click on the numbered endnotes in the story to see what they’re about. Why?

As mentioned earlier, unlike the paperback version that has footnote symbols with their corresponding humorous footnotes at the bottom of the page, the side-notes in the ebook are endnotes. So while you can view them by clicking on them in the full ebook version,  they’re linked to the notes listed at the back of the ebook. And as you can usually only see the first part of the book in a preview, you might not have access to the endnotes. That’s why clicking on them doesn’t work. Unfortunately, this is the only way you can have side-notes in an ebook. Fortunately, if you buy the ebook or paperback, you can enjoy all the side-notes in the way they were intended to be enjoyed.

Is A Life Spectacular available in other languages?

Not yet. However, you’re welcome to leave a comment on the Contact page of this website requesting a translation, including the language in which you’d like to see the book. If the demand for a specific language is high enough, I will assess the viability of said translation. I won’t be able to indulge Pikachu fans, though, as I’m not prepared to repeat the word “Pika!” 106 000 times. It’s not really my thing.

Is A Life Spectacular available as an audiobook?

Not at this stage, but should there be a high enough demand for an audiobook, I’ll definitely look into it. Just leave a comment on the Contact page of this website if you’d like to see… sorry, hear an audiobook version.

I enjoyed A Life Spectacular. Do you have any other books available?

I’m glad you enjoyed it, but this is my debut novel, so it doesn’t have any older siblings. However, I’m planning on having the next one in your hands as soon as possible in the second half of 2019 – if all goes well and that proverbial bus doesn’t run me over, of course.

I see the book is A LightSide novel. Is it part of a series?

My LightSide novels focus on the lighter side of sci-fi, with a specific focus on the Charted Universe and even some of its neighbours. It’s not to say that the stories won’t touch on more serious matters, but when they do, they will do so in a… well, lighter manner.

Each novel will be a standalone story with new and/or repeat characters, although some stories may allude to previous events and/or characters. So while it might be cool to know where certain things started or how some characters got to be where they are (and who they are), it won’t be a deal-breaker. Whichever book you read first is the book you read first.

My query didn’t appear in this FAQ. What do I do?

Please feel free to leave a comment with your query on the Contact page of this website. I’ll add more frequently asked questions to this section along with their answers… unless I don’t know the answers. For all other queries, I’ll try to answer as many of them as I can, as soon as I can.

Why haven’t you replied to my query/comment/post?

While I’d love to respond to each and every message, I simply cannot do that due to time constraints and accidentally overlooking some messages. So unless anyone has a TARDIS I can borrow for a while, I can only correspond so much. I’ll try to respond to as many messages as I can, but if I haven’t come back to you and you have a serious issue, you’re welcome to try again. Now, seriously, if someone has a TARDIS they’re not using at the moment, please give me a shout…