@eins said in Novel pick-up requests:
The Legend of Legendary Heroes...
I almost got the first set of these for free from a Bookwalker JP glitch. Alas, glitch was fixed by the time I amassed enough coins.
Apparently the sequel novels are wrapping up with next volume. Must be one long series to have a whole sequel novel set.
@drone205 the “available now” for the coming soon section refers to other ebook platforms such as kindle and nook, when you look at the latest e-books section in the center screen that will help inform when the premium becomes available.
Also they manually get added, there is a time zone release function but they still have to be manually uploaded.
I am fully aware that most fan translations, of which I frequent many such sites, are copyright infringement save for fair use or rights holder-approval. However, I don't support the donation aspect of any of these unless it was proven the translations are rights-holder approved. Call me a "pirate" if you want, but even I have standards regarding fan translations. On the ironic side, I frequently use my FB profiles to rant about the deprivation of the Amer. public domain.
Also, let's be honest here about piracy (this coming from a copyright minimalist largely thanks the Disney Empire lobbying for longer copyright terms): it very much hurts entertainment sales. However, it sometimes helps sale in the sense that a person enjoying the fansub, scanlation, or LN fan translation may be willing to a legit copy of the work to support the industry. Also, fan translations of a particular title could be popular enough that an official license for that work is established.
I agree that the first full volume should remain available to subscribers (rather than the first part of each volume), because it's the best way to get somebody hooked on a series. If we ignore catchup, there isn't necessarily much value to a subscription for new members, as most series are ongoing and there are few series that a new subscriber can start on without buying the individual volumes. Providing the first volume of each series gives new subscribers a large variety of content to start with, and encourages them to become committed to a new series, which may entice them to buy further volumes to catch up.
This approach has worked well for Baen, a sci-fi publisher who was in many ways one of the original pioneers of modern ebooks due to the foresight of the late Jim Baen. For many years they've operated the "Baen Free Library" which makes available the first novel in many series (http://www.baen.com/categories/free-library.html). It's how I got started on a bunch of Baen series, such as the Honor Harrington series, some of which I would probably never have started if I didn't have a chance to read the first book in a series and say "Hey, I really liked that, I want more of it."
This strategy has worked well enough for Baen that they continue to offer the Free Library roughly 19 years after they launched it.
@paul-nebeling yeah, I mainly had audible on the mind when thinking of the monthly credit stuff, they have a system that only charges you once every 2 month for your credit. While you do make a valid point in just downgrading, I actually don't actually utilize the ongoing translation stuff, so at that point I would probably just unsub completely.
I'm basically just subbing just to get a bit of money off each LN purchase with no drm at this point, which I guess would be more of a byproduct than their sole intention. So I guess I'll just buy the volumes once they're done and at my own pace. Seems like I just imprinted audible's system and transferred my habits without even thinking about it.
It still might be worth mentioning out loud anyways, even if it's a bit convoluted. Data from a dummy is still data in the end, lol. And it's not like I'm complaining either, it was just one of those "oh, why don't they do-yaddayadda" things and then the answer is just "oh well, credits is just a perk, ongoing translations is the business" which totally flew over my head for a hot minute. But yeah, thank you and @paulnamida for the reply.
@sam-pinansky Kind of figured it may have been you, but wasn't sure. You're profile on this site, mentioning super string theory, and a username like quarkboy, in conjunction with a knowledge of the business side of this site, did have some interesting clues.