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.
Where can I get hold of A Life Spectacular?
Whether you have a Kindle, iPad, Nook, PC, smartphone, or any other compatible device from which you can download and read ebooks, you can easily find the best fit for your device at https://www.books2read.com/b/alifespectacular. Just click/tap on the “Get It Now” button to see a list of leading online retailers.
The paperback is available through Amazon in the US (http://bit.ly/LifeSpec-Amazon) and other countries serviced by Amazon, as well most of your favourite online retailers – just search for “Eaton Krone” and/or “A Life Spectacular”.
For more updates, 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?
That’s mostly a matter of preference.
Due to the footnotes throughout the book, the paperback might appeal to readers who prefer staying on the page, while others won’t mind their specific e-reader jumping between pages and footnotes.
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 opt for the ebook or paperback, I’m ordering extra mushrooms, come hell or high water.
I don’t have a dedicated e-reader, so how do I read the ebook?
Most tablets, computers and smartphones 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 for and download (e.g.) 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 ebook is via https://www.books2read.com/b/alifespectacular, which will take you to the correct page on your preferred retailer’s website. For print, use your preferred local online retailer, be it Amazon or any other leading online store. 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 to see added. I’ll contact the print/ebook distribution service provider to see if they can assist, and get back to you.
I’ve read a sample of the book on a retailer’s website, but I couldn’t click on the footnote numbers 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 footnotes 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. Unfortunately, this is the only way you can have footnotes/side-notes in some ebook formats. Fortunately, if you buy the ebook or paperback, you can enjoy all the footnotes in the way they were intended to be enjoyed.
Is A Life Spectacular available in other languages?
Not yet, but if the demand for a specific language becomes 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, and you’ll be glad to know that the second novel should be available soon – 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 a series?
Not necessarily. For instance, my first LightSide Novel, A Life Spectacular, is a standalone, while the second forms part of a series.
LightSide Novels are aimed at 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 the stories don’t touch on darker, more serious matters, but when they do, they will do so in a… well, lighter manner.
So, “LightSide” Novels refer more to a type of book than a series (although series within the LightSide family will be clearly indicated as such).
Most LightSide Novels will be standalone stories, though, with new and/or repeat characters.
I have a query that doesn’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 try to answer 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 always do so, 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…