Future Volume Release Schedule
For those new to J-Novel Club that want to know more about when future volumes will start pre-publication on the site:
- After a volume's last part comes out, there is usually a 2-3 week break before the new volume's first part comes out. For Ascendance of a Bookworm in particular, there is usually no break.
- If a series is caught up with the Japanese releases, whenever a new volume is released, the new volume needs to be licensed separately. Licensing can vary wildly in how long it takes, so there are no hard estimates on when the the next volume will start streaming, sorry!
- As for why a future volume is not on the schedule, because of the nature of posting parts as they are translated, there is not much time between when we know a volume is ready for streaming and when it actually starts, so it will not be added onto the schedule until a few days before release or on the day of. Please rest assured - when part 1 is ready to go live and the English cover is ready, it will be added to the schedule.
Thank you for your patience; new volumes will start when they are ready!
I feel like this would be worth putting directly on the release schedule page, so that people who are looking up releases and don't see anything get an immediate answer - or maybe the FAQ page, for a more detailed explanation. Since I've seen this question answered before I can't say for certain, but I feel like if I was new to JNC, my first instincts wouldn't be to check "Suggestions & Feedback" for info on future releases.
my first instincts wouldn't be to check "Suggestions & Feedback" for info on future releases.
I agree with this. "Forums" is not usually where I expect to see official communication. There has to be a better way to get this information to the location where people are looking for it. In my mind, this means it should be posted to the release schedule calendar page and also to the series page for all on-going series.
@unknownmat There should be a short 1 or 2 liner on the full schedule page, but this should be added to the FAQ on the main site somewhere as well. The existing FAQs only deal with what is a pre-pub, how long are pre-pubs available, and where to report typos.
@unknownmat I believe putting any schedule or other announcents on page of ongoing novel should be more accessible. To have offical announcement in forum is not what is usually expected.
I believe that this info is basically in the "how JNC works" and FAQ sections on the main web page- but one has to look for it
HIW says the following: "read the latest volumes as they are being translated," "sign up for our mailing lists to get the latest info on releases," and "weekly releases of ~40 pages a week per series, tons of series to be announced."
FAQ says the following: "find out the latest information and announcements, check our release schedule," and "for each series, we will release 1 part of the volume we are currently translating for Members to read online or on our apps. These parts will generally be about 30-40 pages, but can vary week to week."
Neither of these pages explain what is mentioned in this forum: there is usually a break after a volume is finished, and the schedule isn't updated until the next volume begins. Even if it was mentioned somewhere that I missed and you just have to "look for it," people still asked about it on the forums, which means that wherever the information was, it wasn't easily accessible enough.
As a side note, if the information does get added to the FAQ (or elsewhere on the site), I think it would also be worth adding some supporting information from this thread on volume delays, which states:
"As you may know, we license volumes, not series; so when a new volume of an ongoing series comes out, it has to be licensed separately; and for long series, we don't license the entire series at once, just a small batch of volumes. This means we periodically have to send more license requests to the publishers, which is a process with many steps and back and forth."
I certainly wouldn't have known these details without reading it there. I'm not sure whether it plays a role in the usual volume breaks JNC has (as the thread refers specifically to pandemic delays and backlog) or if the normal breaks are just for the translators' sake, but if it is at all relevant, it would help give context for why the breaks are in place to begin with.
agreed, it isn't clear.
weekly installments of currently being translated - doesn't discuss how long between volumes.
I get that from JNC's viewpoint, this isn't an known/interval that they want to commit to. They should add to "how it works" and/or FAQ's that intervals are variable, often two weeks or so, but are often longer, and subject to a number of conditions (some of which are out of JNC's sphere of control).
the time between volumes seems like is subject to conditions beyond what we in the consumer end of things are (or should reasonably expect) to be privy to
What happens with December release?
@Abessa I am sorry, could you please explain a bit more what your question is?
I agree with the idea that on the individual novel pages, there should be more info about it's upcoming release schedule.
That way I don't need to scroll though the coming soon list on the top/news page looking for info on a particular novel I'm interested in.